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About Those STAR WARS 7, 8, and 9 Rumors...

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I’ve been hearing more and more rumors about another trilogy of STAR WARS films, and from fairly reliable sources. One licenser recently said they reupped their overall Lucasfilm deal for an additional ten years after EPISODE III’s release next year. They only make money during years there is some STAR WARS related in production or in release. That was an early indicator that this might be serious. Now, we’re hearing it from any number of places. And, yes, I know that all of this is still somewhat incidental, but it’s starting to add up.

For example, there was this letter today:

Hi Harry,

So my Hitchhiker's news smoked cock. I can dig it.

How about this:

Pacific Title employees working at Skywalker Ranch have just signed new contracts to run until 2012. Pacific Title are an optical and digital effects production company and the extended contacts are a carry over from their work on Episode II & III.

Hmmm. By 2012 you could probably make a whole new trilogy...

Gliddy McFlid.

Sure. You could. But that’s still just an assumption, right? It’s not like they’re actually crewing up for the films...

... are they?!

All this hubbub this week started here, though:

Hi there!

Just saw over on The Force.Net this little tidbit. Purely gossip, of course, but just the fact that Lucas would have covered his tracks by putting that in the contract..... it's a bone this fan will take!

Miss Charlie

December 2003 issue of the British movie mag HOTDOG has just hit the stands here in the U.S. and found several cool Star Wars related things. In particular, on page 12, here's this possibly amazing passage:

"No wonder Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew is smiling. Not only has he been rescued from obscurity and given the chance to reprise his role as our Wookiee comrade for Episode III, but his contract also stipulates that he'd be required to appear in Episodes 7, 8, and 9.

Yes folks, seems there are actual whispers at Lucasfilm that the 'sequel' trilogy might be in the works..."

I’m sure all of you would love to sort this out, but I’m not sure even Lucas knows if there’s a concrete answer to this question yet. Will he make a sequel trilogy? Who knows? But it sure looks like he’s keeping his options open for now...

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:23 a.m. CST

    First...man wouldn't it be great?

    by Lezbo Milk

    But I'm not sure I believe it.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:25 a.m. CST

    who gives a rat's ass?

    by rizla

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:25 a.m. CST

    STAR WARS has become too much of an albatross around Lucas's fre

    by Cash Bailey

    My though is that once EP 3 is released he'll crank out cartoons, books and video games for another decade and never touch a camera again.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Not first but close :P

    by Zulithe

    Ooooooo... I know Ep I, II and III are turning out slightly less than fans had hoped, but VII, VIII, IX could be much better, right? Lucas doesn't have to try working in all the loose threads into the story, he can basically do it fresh like the original trilogy (unless it is based on any of the Star Wars novels that have been released over the last few decades, but knowing Lucas, he could easily just toss that all out the window. Wouldn't fans just love that?)

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:26 a.m. CST

    new actors and directors

    by bigtony

    Hand the thing over to a brand new team of people.......ones that aren't dorks obsessed with creating "all digital" worlds.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Oh, my...god.

    by Sgt. Blueberry

    This is great news to me! Yeah, people can complain about episodes I and II, but I like 'em, and I look foreward to any other stories that come from the star wars universe. There's a huge universe there and it'd be awesome to see an all new stories that isn't tied down by having to lay groundwork for another trilogy. Yeah, these new stars wars flicks haven't impressed many, but just admit it, when your little punk date wants to go see "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton", wouldn't it be great to say "Eh, you go see that if you want. But I'm off to see Star Wars Episode 8" Rock on! and PSSST: Lucas, give us the original trilogy on DVD. C'mon. You know you want to.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:32 a.m. CST

    b*llocks

    by indy1977

    just cos they sign up to 2012 doesnt mean anything, could be working on different films, indy maybe ? , the DVD editions of the original trilogy ? Lucas always said he didnt wanna do the sequels because of the actors involved, an old mark hamill etc and which stories would he use now the star wars universe is expanded so much ?

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:37 a.m. CST

    What happened to all that talk about him wanting to make small i

    by TimBenzedrine

    Not enough toy potential, I guess. I think he's just dangling a carrot in front of the licensees. As for 7,8, and 9, I'll believe that there are sequels when Mr. Lucas actually starts filming them. For now, just finish Ep. III.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:41 a.m. CST

    What Lucas should do...

    by ZeedarTeretz

    Is make the three he's making, and then throw the rights open for other directors to make films set in the universe, but not part of the key story he covers. Imagine the Quentin Tarantino Star Wars about gangster smugglers getting in shit, or the Coen brothers Star Wars about George Clooney, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman as Jedi on the run from the sith, staring Hulk Hogan as the baddie. "Feel the force in my pants, Brother!" www.zeedarteretz.com

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:42 a.m. CST

    If...

    by TheForeverMan

    ...they're as poorly written and badly acted as eps 1-3, I could care less about another Star Wars trilogy. Whatever magic there was for me in the original trilogy is gone now thanks to Lucas' inept bungling of the recent movies. However... I'd consider watching another trilogy if: 1. someone else writes the stories, 2. someone else directs the movies, 3. the actors are allowed to interact with real people and props, instead of a stupid 'blue room' they can't emote with (thus resulting in a flat and dull performance--I blame Lucas for this, not the actors) Otherwise, we'll end up with the same shit on screen, shit that only a Barney-loving, apple-juice-swilling 6-year-old could like (if only I was 6 again!).

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Could it be worse than the PT?

    by Bcphil

    I think the Holy OT was in a class by itself. The PT has been terrible, and I have a feeling Episodes 7,8,9 would be even worse. Star Wars fans need to be exterminated anyways, they are all not worthy of LoTR which is better than the PT and OT put together.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I dont give a rat's ass!

    by Garko

    P.J. did in 3 years what Lucas couldnt do in 20. "Available technology" my ass!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Starwars has become Startrek

    by spike fan

    You know they made a shitty series with Voyager that failed in the exceution as much as anything then they made Enterprise which is just as shitty. Ditto with Lucas he made a shitty bunch of prequels that just makes him look like CGI obssesed hack surrounded by YES men. Sorry but who the hell cares this is probably the work of Mcullum who must have realised that with the prequels over no one else is going to hire him except Luca$ so he whispers in Georgy's ear and this starts coming about.############################### Besides even from a film making stand point who is going to do it. Ford will not come back and you can bet your bottom dollar that the prequel cast would never come back after the contracts are up. (Feel sorry for Hayden though he can act as proved in OTHER stuff like Shattared Glass but working for Lucas has wrecked his career). Maybe Fisher and Hamil but they have NO real careers in acting anyway.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8 a.m. CST

    This could mean my childhood extends into my fifties.

    by Darth Tedious

    Lucas has always been more interested in the technology so he should definitely let someone else handle the creative side. There's an old interview with him from the 70's in the SSD Executor box set that was released a few years back and even then he was already whining about the technological limitations and his plans to update the movies (with rarely any mention of story or character), any of you that own this box set will also be aware that Lucasfilms previous statements that "there aren't many extras to go on a DVD" were bollocks. I say we just lock him in an edit suite and let him fiddle away to his hearts content. Then give the next trilogy to Spielberg, Scott (Ridley, not Tony) and of course Mr Jackson (Peter not Michael). Granted it's the laziest wish list ever but what the hell, so long as they don't let the Wachowski's anywhere near it I'd be happy.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Please no more Star Wars

    by RawheadRex

    I really hope this is just BS. Anyone who is a true SW fan should beg Lucas to stop after EP3 is done. If you thought EP1 or 2 was decent, you need to eat a bag of hell. Anyone who calls themselves a true SW fan and wants to see a 50 yr old Carrie Fisher on screen needs therapy. I used to love Star Wars more than my sex monkey, Bubbles. But after Lucas's "vision" has come full circle, I have seen the ugly, horrible truth. Star Wars sucks.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:15 a.m. CST

    new trilogy ??

    by pehr

    Am I the only one who thinks Lucas has discovered that he needs an additional trilogy between 1-3 and 4-6 (3a,b,c ? ) to resolve everything.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Arent they doing the star wars television series?

    by Jon E Cin

    Remember those talks..maybe this has something to do with it. Is Episode 3 going to suck?..no? Please no..dont make me pretend its amazing after I see it that first time and then realize the truth months later just like Episode 1 and 2..

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Why is everyone bashing episode 3 already?

    by Jon E Cin

    There is still hope..right? Cmon..right!,,,,, Anyone??...hello?.. Is this thing on?

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:26 a.m. CST

    They're not making a sequel trilogy...

    by chrth

    THEY'RE GOING TO REFILM THE ORIGINAL. (And no, Hulk Hogan will NOT be the baddie!) Mark my words, you heard it here first.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:50 a.m. CST

    There is no way in hell Harrison Ford would agree to another Sta

    by My Ass Smells

    No Han Solo? Then NO FUCKING MOVIE!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Sorry I'm a dork but

    by spider-ham

    Lucas could keep making star wars films till he dies and I'll be happy. I'm totally happy with Star Wars. Even with PM and AOTC. So there. :P

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Does anyone give a rats ass anymore?

    by ATARI

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Right on cutest.

    by raw_bean

    I'm looking forward to EpIII, and the sequel trilogy would be a fans wet dream come true!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Going by past history, what's the ETA for the Ep. III title?

    by Trav McGee

    This May? I can never remember how Lucas paces these things. And then first teaser this Fall?

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 12:39 p.m. CST

    fuck it. crank 'em out. I'll go........

    by Manaqua

    and i'll buy the dvds AND a shit load of figures, so hell yeah. Do it george. Mark hammill needs to start taking Kendo and escrima like asap!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 12:49 p.m. CST

    You think this is a rumor???? IT'S ALL TRUE!!!! I know a dude,

    by Mr. High

    ....who actually has a job, who knows his sister's fuckbuddy, who works at the Starbucks, where the guy who know the guy who knows his gay brother, who knows a leather king who specializes in soft-core kiddie porn, who knows a guy who knows a girl, who knows a guy who was recently brought up on charges for the suspected murder of the little shit Anakin from the first film (Michael Jackson, yo!), he talked to guy inside, who knows a rentboy, who once sucked Hayden Christiansen's swollen, tiny pecker and gave him syphallis and that's why he was acting so crazy in the "AOTC", he knows this girl who currently digs through Lucas' trash, WHO CONFIRMED THE WHOLE THING!!!!!!!!! She said, and I quote: "Whiles I wuz diggin' through that guy with the hippie thing on his face's junk, I found two things thut mought inteeriest ya's. One, he go a subscripshun tuh' "Ass, Grease and Monkeys" monthly. Two, right under a photo of Wet Tommy getting it rough behind the dumpshter, it was wroten, in crap, "Make Episodes 7-9" and then, "Tommy's a slut and he deserved it." and then, "These Jar-Jar gloves are the shit!" and then, "WHY ARE YOU STARING AT ME??? HUH??? FUCK YOU!!! STOP STARING AT ME!!!!!!" and then, "Oh, that's the mirror." and then, "Make episodes 7-9 and be sure to include a monster obsessed with own fecal matter." and then, "Smell my fingers. Smell them, fans. Smell that? Is it a hit? No? Something that rhymes with 'hit' perhaps?" and then, "You stole this magazine, give it back." and thut's all. I's swears! Fucked up. Give me some crack, I did muh pert!" If that's not ROCK SOLID FUCKING CONFIRMATION I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS! YOU KNOW ALL THOSE HOMELESS FUCKERS HAVE THE STRAIGHT DOPE ON HOLLYWOOD, BECAUSE THEY GO THROUGH THE RIGHT TRASH CANS!!! Anyway, near as I can tell, the new series breaks down like this: Episode 7: The Wookie Conundrum. During a freakish transport accident whilst establishing the New Republic, Luke is transported back in time, where get this: HE ACCIDENTALLY FUCKS ANAKIN'S MOM! That's right, Anakin's his father, BUT HE IS ANAKIN'S FATHER! Turns out ol' mom just got real fucking drunk and forgot the whole thing, hence the whole 'virgin, immaculate, ripped off from Bible' storyline. Unfortunately, turns out she had this thing for Jedis, and was quite the Jedi ho. She was infected with a rare strain of VD called 'Midichlorians', and pretty soon, the entire Jedi community is filthy with the little fuckers. But, it turns out that Midichlorians, while also used to sterilize swimming pools on Greedo's homeworld, also know the force like a MOTHERFUCKER! So Yoda decrees that everyone must wear loose fitting robes from that day forward, so that they can scratch the itchy as fuck, but incredibly powerful "Force-Lice" without looking undignified. Then some trouble starts a brewin' when Luke comes to his senses and realizes what he did. He goes to grandma and tips her 1000 Galactic Credits to get an abortion. BUT SHE DOESN'T!! OH NO!! She blows the whole wad on SpaceBooze and humps a wookie. Luke goes back in time to discover that he's inadvertantly caused a huge chain reaction in his own time! EVERYONE'S A FUCKING WOOKIE!!!! He can't understand any of them and can't understand why they're all hunting him down. My favorite part is when he utters the "Get your filthy hands off of me, you damn dirty, WOOKIE!" Then Charton Heston comes and saves the day, but turns out it's a cliffhanger that leads right into: Episode 8: Taboo Star-Wars Style. Once Heston and GRA (Galactic Rifle Association) put all right with the universe by killing everything, Luke knows that he must travel back in time and NOT give the abortion cash to Anakin's mom. Unfortunately he accidentally goes back too late and distracts Obi-Wan at the crucial moment and Darth Maul chops his trainspotting ass in half instead. Luke thinks he's all ready for this lightweight, when he realizes that now that Obi-Wan is dead, HE NEVER LEARNED THE WAYS OF THE FORCE and hence never did any of that other shit either, including knocking up his grandmother with his father and he promptly disappears leaving a mystified Darth Maul to go, "I was promised revenge.....and pre-packaged snack cakes. I shall get what I was promised. I shall, or...." and strangely that's all he says for the rest of the flick, when he walks outside and is killed by a passing hover-potty. But, all hope is not lost. Hoda realizes that there's something all screwy with the 'Power', (Everything's different, it's like Bizarro world only stupid.) So Hoda and Master Pindoo, go to all seeing, all mystical, all powerful, ODD! He tells them exactly what's up and that in the real world, Hoda is named Yoda and doesn't fight using lightsaber nipple tassles on her bullwhip-like five foot breasts. Master Pindoo, is actually a cool black dude, not a pasty, white dork who carries twenty different lightsabers in his robe-protector. Also, in this 'real world' they aren't lovers and didn't record 'Put the Power Up in Your Ass' in college. Hoda is devestated! "No residuals!" Then ODD gives them "Super, Duper, Crazy, Good, Shiny Slippers Of Gay Empowerment" and they each put their right foot in one and click them together. BOOM! They're off to stop Luke from banging his grandmother. What follows is a rather extraordinary nipple-lightsaber fight between Darth Fucko who's also come back in time to keep the Universe the way it is. Pindoo uses his (now forty-two, cool in joke for "Hitchhiker's" fans.) lightsabers to carve Darth Fucko's soliders to dog shit, which is pretty easy, because in this reality they wear no pants and their blasters are actually buttplugs that they fire by punching themselves in the crotch. Hoda dispatches Darth Fucko by cutting his 'manly staff' whatever that is, and claiming it as a trophy. Then there's something called, "SUPER, BIG, HUGE, HAPPY, FUN SPACE BATTLE FOR BIG BUCKS!" but that's all it says. Then Pindoo and Hoda get to Anakin's mother's house just in time to stop Luke from nutting. As Hoda reachs between his legs and pulls his dick out of the slimy orifice, he says, "BITCH! YOUR GRANDMOTHER THAT IS! SICK YOU ARE! IN HEAD YOU ARE FUCKED!" Luke starts blubbering that he couldn't help it and the world reverts back to normal, except Yoda can't figure out why his nipples hurt so fucking bad. But, all is not well in the republic! No, NO, NO! Lando has gone EVIL! EVIL I SAY! He's kidnapped Leia and slain Wedge with his Colt .45! Han needs Luke's help to get her back, but then, Luke decides that if he can't have his grandmother, he'll have his sister and secretly begins his path toward the DARK SIDE as he plots to kill Han, Chewie, C-3P0, R2-D2, and a new character that no one knows where the fuck it came from named Little George and is shaped like a hairy, underdeveloped, uncircuimcised dick and wears a flannel cape and gets everything all fucked up and messy when he gets over excited. He moves about by shifting his 'balls' in a circular motion inside the 'sack' and thus can move at very high rates of speed. He's described as "Like the Flash, only a giant Cock." And so the episode comes to an end, on a another cliffhanger as the Millenium Falcon heads toward the Gaping Vaginal Nebula of the MrsLucas System. Episode 9: Dude, Where's My Ho?, begins with the Falcon emerging form Hyperspace, covered in some viscous, clear fluid that smells vaguely like....LUKE'S GRANDMOTHER! The smell drives him insane and Chewbacca has beat him against the ground until he regains his senses, unfortunately, he's chopped the ship to shit and they're marooned there. Then they set off into Lando's "Ho World" to find Leia and fuck Lando up. On their journeys, they're attacked by flying, razorbacksides and are shellacked in place with insta-thick shit attacks, and are brought to the castle of someone called "The Man" The Man doesn't really care for Pimpin-Lando's approach to things and wants him dead, "because he's a black and is a sex machine with all the chicks". So he throws his weight behind Luke and Hand and the gay robots and Little George and Chewie as they all make their way through the Forest of Bleeding Asses. This forest is said to contain a monster so awful, so wicked that even....well pretty bad. Anyway, it turns out to be a giant mess of sentient horse cocks which proceed to pentrate our heros in a freakish, anime scene. Look out for the scene where Han accidentally begins to like it. Then Luke remembers he's only got eyes for his sister and then zip, zip he kills the writhing cocks with his lightsaber completing what is referred to as the "Homoerotic Subtext Heh, heh." Then it's off to "Ho-World!" They get there, it's "Like Oz, only with naked bitches and cool rubber clothes." They run into the head Dominatrix, named Trinity. Trinity is actually a fugitive from another, less good film called, "COPYRIGHT WARNER BROS, FUCKER!" in a bad voiceover. She introduces them to Neo, who apparently spends all his time on his stomach whilst his man-lover Smith humps his body again and again with his amazing powers of duplication. Smith will be proud to join them if only they can answer a riddle! "WHAT IS THE-COPYRIGHT OF WARNER BROS, FUCKER?" Han answers and says, "This is a stupid, fucking waste of time and money!" Which, by luck is the right answer. Now, Multiple Smith is with them and the stage is set for a big showdown with Lando and Ho-Ninjas, who were just mentioned, but feature later in the big "Ho-Ninja Fight" They break into Lando's groovy castle, where the moans are deafening and soon our characters lose consciousness. They awaken to find themselves being violated from every side, hole and angle by the dreaded EWOKS! The furry little fuckers got mad fuckin' skills as Han and Luke are driven to the very edge of sanity with Ewok-jizz flooding their bodies like an enema from Satan himself. Look closely and you'll spot the entire cast of the Care Bears masturbating in the background. They fight their way free and Han has his showdown with Lando whilst the rest of the cast fights off the hordes ever-humping Ewoks. Han blasts Lando and he's propelled backwards into a HUGE lava lamp, where he burns, but unfortunately, also starts a fire that threatens to consume them all. Apparently whilst this going on, there's a "REALLY, BIG, HUGE, MASSIVE, HAPPY, FUN, GOOD TIME SPACE BATTLE FOR BIG PRIZES!!!" going on overhead. Has something to do with Lucas' obsession with seizures or something. Luke and Han fight their way past the fire only to encounter: THE HO-NINJAS! The Ho Ninjas fight, but it's in bullet time and Han and Luke quickly pick them off as they don't truck with that kind of gay shit and are moving at regular speed. Then it's off to save Leia, where Luke's intentions are revealed! Luke tosses a spare lightsaber at Han's feet and says, "DEFEND YOURSELF, MAGGOT!" Then Han and Luke are pitched into a twenty minute battle that ends with Luke taunting Han, who's hiding in the shadows with, "My sister! Yes, she is my sister. If you can't fuck her right, perhaps, I will!" To which Han screams, "NEVER!" and Luke is battled to the edge of the Ball Batter Vortex that Lando kept in his chambers and falls in, dropping his lightsaber on the ground at Han's feet. Han stands there whilst a hot, CGI enhanced Leia wraps her arms around him and says, "He was my brother." TO which Han says, "Fuck him. Crazy bastard." Then they go back to Coruscant to make babies. But, just as the credits end, a jizz covered robotic hand reaches down for the lightsaber left on the floor and a title says, "THE END?" Then all you hear as the picture fades out is: "MUHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAA!!!" Sounds great, eh? Can't wait! GEORGE LUCAS IS GOD!!!!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Could they? Would they? Should they?

    by Dragonfire

    I don't know. The idea of star wars sequels sounds cool initially because we get that warm feeling when we imagine ourselves seeing these characters again for the first time in twenty years. But there are so many other things to take into account. Would the actors even come back for it? Harrison Ford probably wouldn't. Mark Hamill might. Carry Fisher? What would be the point if it doesn't have the same characters. Also, what of the story? In my opinion, the story would have to be pretty damn dramatic. It can't just be something stupid and contrived like the emperor getting cloned or some shite like that. God that would suck. Would they use the same story as the Timothy Zahn books? As much as I like the Timothy Zahn novels, it doesn't seem a dramatic enough story to follow the epic saga of the original trilogy. How would an episode 7 even start? It would be the first time we'd be seeing these characters in twenty years, the impact of the beginning of the movie would have to resonate with that. Then there's the fact that George Lucas might not want to do it. My impression from the prequels is that he's regretting his promise to make prequels and is just doing them to keep his promise and get it over with. Of course, this might be a good thing, if the sequels were to be made and George Lucas were just to be involved in the creative process (with proper script-writers helping him this time) with someone else directing.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Green rabbits

    by squidman

    Will it have green rabbits? Like the ones in the MARVEL

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I think he should do it.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I like the Star Wars movies. **All of them**. I don't want to see EU movies -- the Tarantino space gangsters idea sounds as bad as everyone says the prequels are -- but I wouldn't mind other hands coming in to do a continuation of the Skywalker story if Lucas doesn't want to do it. I think it would be awesome to see Mark Hamill as the sequel trilogy's Obi-Wan figure. Even a remake of the original trilogy would be cool with me. I'm no SW fundamentalist. I should live so long to see a version of RETURN OF THE JEDI unhampered by the 1982 Reagan economy and a messy behind the scenes divorce. Lucas, you go girl. Kick Peter Jackson's tree-man loving ass!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Right now, a nation of Star Trek fans is begging Paramount to ki

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Actor availability

    by Ye Not Guilty

    I think as long as someone else directed, and of course depending on script quality, Hamill would return. Carrie Fisher would probably agree to a cameo or two. Harrison Ford would do it if the money were right and his role was big enough. I doubt if he would agree to just a cameo. R2-D2 and C-3PO won't be a problem, nor would Chewbacca. So I think depending on the script and director it would be possible to get most if not all of the original cast back (minus Sir Alec Guinness, naturally).

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 3:55 p.m. CST

    You know you want to see

    by RenoNevada2000

    John Woo direct a Boba Fett movie.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Hitchhikers news?

    by SecondPlace

    What Hitchhikers news? Give me Hitchhikers before this predictable load of crap.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 4:04 p.m. CST

    There will be NO more Star Wars films after 2005!

    by BladeRULES

    Sure, a lot of people don't like the SW prequels, (including myself, but, AOTC was FAR better than the atrocity that is TPM!) BUT, at least George Lucas had the guts to come back and film the back story. As for future films, after Episode III's completion in 2005, there will be NO more films in the Star Wars saga, which is six episodes long. All talk of films beyond Episode III is simply RUMOR, and will never see the light of day! Sorry, folks, Episode III is indeed the LAST episode of the saga, once and for all! (In fact, expect a six-episode set of the entire Star Wars saga on video/dvd by the end of next year!) Lucas has stated repeatedly that the destruction of the second Death Star in ROTJ offically ends the Star Wars film saga once and for all! (After all the empire is destroyed, along with Darth Vader and the Emperor by the end!) He understands that many people are less than thrilled with the prequels, but at least he made them. He could have kept the SW saga at just three episodes! He also stated to Time magazine last year that he has NO plans to hand over the Star Wars universe to any other directors or writers, (Because, in his words, they're "his baby" which is why he has declined offers from other directors to direct episodes II and III) In fact, the Star Wars universe will only continue past 2005 in printed form. (He does not consider any of the expanded universe material to be legitimate, as he looks at them as alternate universes, as he stated in Cinescape magazine!) There may be cartoons expanding on the prequels, such as the Clone Wars cartoons, but that's about it! Those are HIS exact words! I did hear him "joke" at U.S.C. about the possibility of more films when he's old and gray and moving around in a wheelchair (which got people laughing), but he emphasized that it was a "joke" and he has stated repeatedly that he wants to move on to other projects after the completion of Episode III in 2005. (He is looking to expand his special and sound effects empire technology!) Not to mention that Harrison Ford will NEVER be involved in any more SW films, face it the man is nearly 70 years old! (In his words, he finished Solo off twenty years ago! However, he MAY play Indy one last time in a few years, IF the final script ever gets approval, I say look for a possible summer 2006 release, after the completion of the Star Wars saga in summer 2005!) The other actors from the OT have also denied any interest in any future SW films, so, all of those facts add up to a saga that is complete with six episodes, as George Lucas originally intended when he started writing the saga thirty years ago! Want more proof, go on the official website, Starwars.com and see for yourself!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Should have done the last three

    by angel_svn

    They runied all that is Yoda and Vader and everything ... the mystery of ESB about Yoda is ruined and so is Vader. Oh well ... maybe if they do the next three I can get over this silly mistake of the first three. (BTW, I think the films are fine and will watch them anyway.)

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 4:06 p.m. CST

    There will be NO more Star Wars films after 2005!

    by BladeRULES

    Sure, a lot of people don't like the SW prequels, (including myself, but, AOTC was FAR better than the atrocity that is TPM!) BUT, at least George Lucas had the guts to come back and film the back story. As for future films, after Episode III's completion in 2005, there will be NO more films in the Star Wars saga, which is six episodes long. All talk of films beyond Episode III is simply RUMOR, and will never see the light of day! Sorry, folks, Episode III is indeed the LAST episode of the saga, once and for all! (In fact, expect a six-episode set of the entire Star Wars saga on video/dvd by the end of next year!) Lucas has stated repeatedly that the destruction of the second Death Star in ROTJ offically ends the Star Wars film saga once and for all! (After all the empire is destroyed, along with Darth Vader and the Emperor by the end!) He understands that many people are less than thrilled with the prequels, but at least he made them. He could have kept the SW saga at just three episodes! He also stated to Time magazine last year that he has NO plans to hand over the Star Wars universe to any other directors or writers, (Because, in his words, they're "his baby" which is why he has declined offers from other directors to direct episodes II and III) In fact, the Star Wars universe will only continue past 2005 in printed form. (He does not consider any of the expanded universe material to be legitimate, as he looks at them as alternate universes, as he stated in Cinescape magazine!) There may be cartoons expanding on the prequels, such as the Clone Wars cartoons, but that's about it! Those are HIS exact words! I did hear him "joke" at U.S.C. about the possibility of more films when he's old and gray and moving around in a wheelchair (which got people laughing), but he emphasized that it was a "joke" and he has stated repeatedly that he wants to move on to other projects after the completion of Episode III in 2005. (He is looking to expand his special and sound effects empire technology!) Not to mention that Harrison Ford will NEVER be involved in any more SW films, face it the man is nearly 70 years old! (In his words, he finished Solo off twenty years ago! However, he MAY play Indy one last time in a few years, IF the final script ever gets approval, I say look for a possible summer 2006 release, after the completion of the Star Wars saga in summer 2005!) The other actors from the OT have also denied any interest in any future SW films, so, all of those facts add up to a saga that is complete with six episodes, as George Lucas originally intended when he started writing the saga thirty years ago! Want more proof, go on the official website, Starwars.com and see for yourself!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 4:18 p.m. CST

    This proves there won't be any more films after Episode III!

    by BladeRULES

    Lucas did ENVISION nine films about thirty years ago when he started writing ANH, BUT, he stated very firmly that after working on ESB that he didn't want to spend his entire life working on the Star Wars saga, (Since each trilogy takes about ten years of his life, and he is currently over sixty years old!) so he cut it down to SIX episodes! (That's why the destruction of the second Death Star, and of Darth Vader, and the Emperor, ends the saga exactly the way he wanted it to!) His words in Time magazine, and Cinescape magazine! He stated firmly to film students at U.S.C. (Yes, the University of Southern California) last year that the nine episodes mantra is simply a RUMOR, and that he has no Star Wars story to tell after 2005! He realizes that rumors of other interested directors will never die, but he does not want to hand the Star Wars universe to anyone else! In fact the following quote is directly from StarWars.com: "At one point early on, George Lucas talked of possibly needing nine movies to tell his tale of the Skywalker family. But as he actually worked through the story line, he realized long ago that the story he wanted to tell could naturally be told in six two-hour films. The nine-episode mantra, however, refuses to die...and we realize, never will. But George says that the story he has to tell will be complete in the six films, which can then be viewed as one epic saga. He says that he honestly has no story to tell now beyond the destruction of the second Death Star." His statement about the saga being a TWELVE hour movie in six episodes was stated on the AOTC dvd commentary, and in Entertainment Weekly in May 2002. (I guess if you round off the numbers, the films are a little over two hours long each!) Yes, the University of Southern California, to which George Lucas is one of the honorary, not official, chairman of the film department, and who visits the campus once every so often to speak to perspective film students. (After all he is an alumni!) I talked to Lucas, surrounded by other people, for about five brief minutes, (A very nice man, and I thanked him for making the best science fiction films ever made!) and yes, he did answer the questions that I asked him, (He does not care if some older fans of the saga don't like the prequels, the films were designed for the children in all of us, after all, he made them to complete the saga's back story!) I even have a signed autograph from him which he asked me not to sell on the internet! My friend (another U.S.C. student) is currently working as an intern at Lucasfilm! After talking with him, I think he IS sort of a film geek, but one of unprecedented genius! (He and Spielberg, did pioneer the modern blockbuster after all!) He stated that he is looking forward to having the Star Wars saga completed once and for all in 2005, so that he can watch over his children and that he can work on other film and technologial projects!! (He is looking to expand digital filmmaking and sound synthesizing.) He states that the film projects that he is pursuing after the completion of 2005, won't matter that much to Star Wars fans, but that doens't bother him.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Lucas still owns all you tubby bitches!

    by Bill Maher

    Maybe Spielberg's nagging paid off and Lucas will let him direct one. It would be even better if Francis Coppola did one. Why not? He was on the set of Attack of the Clones quite a bit.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 6:56 p.m. CST

    well

    by Thumper2k1

    I don't think there will be a sequel trilogy because there just isn't a need for one. That said, just because I don't believe there is need, doesn't mean Lucas doesn't. Even if he did say in the paset that he didn't want to do any more after ep3, that doesn't mean he won't change his mind. After all, didn't Han shoot first? ;) And what's with people saying AtoC was better TPM? TPM was a bad movie, but atleast it still felt like Star Wars. AtoC, on the other hand was just a bad movie. AtoC just expanded on everything I didn't like about TPM.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 7 p.m. CST

    The soundtrack to the sequels...

    by mAlex

    If someone doesn't stop Lucas, this is what we'll be hearing as the music to the trailers for 7, 8 & 9: "Let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies--"

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Nah, it's just they need that time to...

    by SG7

    ...turn all the storm troopers in FBI agents with walkie talkies.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The OT were films, the prequels wre popcorn bullshit

    by The DoublePoster

    Anyone that thinks the recent Star Wars movies are in anyway as good as the OT are probably the same daft cannon-fodder that still think new Star Trek series are interesting, or that Simpsons is still funny. And those people need their money taken away from them, so that this garbage will stop being made. Ugh.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:17 p.m. CST

    ?s for BladeRULES

    by Aetius450

    I read one account of this USC gathering Lucas attended that you cite. You say you were there, so I have a couple of questions. (1)I heard he said the reason he decided to write and direct the Prequels himself is not because he felt passion and excitment for them, but rather because it was 'quicker and easier' to just do it himself. (2) Is it true he stuck to his guns and once again said that the acting in the Prequels is what he intended rather than a product of his rumored hands-off, very little interaction with actors, do as few takes as possible, very little direction style of direction? (3) Does Lucas accept ANY criticism of the Prequels as valid, or is it just that noone understands his 'style?' And I like the Prequels, especially AOTC, but they definitely could have been much better in the hands of writer who didn't go out of his way to write 'intentionally corny' dialogue he claimed to know would alienate much of the audience, and a director who actually likes to interact with real-life, flesh and blood actors, and who is willing to actually direct them, instead of going for what he claims is an 'old-fashioned, theatrical style of acting' that again he claims to have known beforehand would be off-putting to much of the audience, and a writer/director who didn't needlessly pander to children with things like jar jar, and who didn't feel the need overwhelm the movies with cgi, and ........ But anyway, of course there will be more SW movies someday. Someone will inherit the rights to SW. Even if they respect Lucas' wishes in the beginning, eventually the copyright will expire. They'd be crazy not to make a move before that happens. I wonder if they will remake the Prequels if the reaction is still mixed decades from now? That would be a shame for the talented cast Lucas assembled for the Prequels who would unfairly be punching bags one again for sakes of comparison. Casting the movie was the one thing Lucas did perfectly, but then of course he didn't exactly follow-up by providing them with a chance to show off their talent.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:20 p.m. CST

    What is wrong with enjoying the prequels?

    by EntryNmbrV

    I'm not saying they're my favorite movies, or even close, but I never really did love these kinds of movies anyhow (ready for a confession? never seen any of the LOTR movies- no desire to really). This was never meant to be a great masterpiece, a true cinematic anchievement. Who really thought it would be? The fact of the matter is we all have different tastes, and no one movie, or series of movies, can be used as a litmus test to determine wether someone has taste. Don't like Citizen Kane? Who cares? I really like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Moulin Rouge. You don't? Fine! I'm sure you can not like those movies and still have perfectly legitamate taste in movies. We need to stop self-indentifying to such an extent that we seperate ourselves from anything different. This is how bigotry starts. I guess what I'm trying to say here is you can enjoy these movies for what they are and not have to go to hell.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane as Han Solo's father in Eps III....

    by StoneMonkey

    Not sure if this is true, but it would be damn cool.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 9:57 p.m. CST

    answers for Aetius 450

    by BladeRULES

    (1)I heard he said the reason he decided to write and direct the Prequels himself is not because he felt passion and excitment for them, but rather because it was 'quicker and easier' to just do it himself. It is true that he stated that he feels that no other director can match his "vision" of how the prequels should be, which is why he has turned down numerous offers from directors such as Spielberg and Tarrentino to direct Episodes II and III. (2) Is it true he stuck to his guns and once again said that the acting in the Prequels is what he intended rather than a product of his rumored hands-off, very little interaction with actors, do as few takes as possible, very little direction style of direction? Lucas feels that the Star Wars films uses a certain type of acting which requires very little emotion other than reacting to images put out by visual effects. He largely views the Star Wars films as silent films with visual images, and he states that the "acting" in the films represents that. (3) Does Lucas accept ANY criticism of the Prequels as valid, or is it just that noone understands his 'style?' And I like the Prequels, especially AOTC, but they definitely could have been much better in the hands of writer who didn't go out of his way to write 'intentionally corny' dialogue he claimed to know would alienate much of the audience, and a director who actually likes to interact with real-life, flesh and blood actors, and who is willing to actually direct them, instead of going for what he claims is an 'old-fashioned, theatrical style of acting' that again he claims to have known beforehand would be off-putting to much of the audience, and a writer/director who didn't needlessly pander to children with things like jar jar, and who didn't feel the need overwhelm the movies with cgi, and ........ Lucas feels that the critism about the prequels is mostly from older fanboys who just do not understand the true nature of Star Wars and that he always envisioned them as a modern day science fiction fantasy designed for small children. He believes that the films are HIS creation and he makes them mostly for himself. He also stated EMPHATICALLY that he has NO plans at any time to continue the saga after 2005, despite pleas from fans because he doens't want to see the property go in the direction of Star Trek with it's repetitiveness. He feels that by limiting the Star Wars saga as a six-episode saga, it will remain a timeless saga for children that will stand the test of time. His words!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:02 p.m. CST

    This sounds kinda farfetched...

    by tango fett

    I think if he does make Ep. 7-9, he should make a really crazy twist, like Carrie Fisher, who looks like she's rotting anyway, become a new Emperor through the influence of the Dark Side. Will Luke, now an aged, wise old Jedi master, trust his feelings and let his sis be, or will he do "what's right" to her, like kill her? Ok, that was kinda stupid. Overall, this sounds fake, because Lucas said no more after Ep. 3. But then again Lucas is not quite a man of his word (no PT dvds till Ep. 3 is out?). On another note, the people who say that deep down fanboys really hate the PT, there was a point where I actually tried to hate them just to be with the crowd in a sense. But in the end, I realized I loved both of them. Deifinately not the best movies ever (neither are the OT films. Matrix and LOTR are the best.), but still fun to watch. And, me being a guy who enjoys a craptacular load of special features, the dvds are excellent. Also, yet again I experienced recently the irony that the main character is Luke and the last name of his creator is Lucas. Man I'm slow. And to the people who threaten to commit suicide, via plastic lightsabers after SW Ep. 3, get a life. I love SW and I always will, but there are more important things in life. You can come out of your parent's basement now. "These aren't the droids you're looking for."

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:07 p.m. CST

    More Indiana Jones, please

    by quartho

    Lucas needs to chronicle the rest of Indiana Jones'life with Sean Patrick Flannery, or even Ewan McGregor as Indy. Shoot the unfilmed Young Indy scripts, I tell ya.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:12 p.m. CST

    welll

    by Derek102

    I am still trying to stomach the prequels as it is. Although maybe they can liven up number 3 with a jedi rave/orgy.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:14 p.m. CST

    well

    by Derek102

    I am still trying to stomach the prequels as it is. Although maybe they can liven up number 3 with a jedi rave/orgy.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:16 p.m. CST

    HARRISON FORD WOULD REPRISE 'HAN SOLO' ROLE

    by TheForeverMan

    Don't believe me? For a bottle of vodka, he'd do anything--he's doing Callista Flockhart. Case closed.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:17 p.m. CST

    episode3 is the final one

    by pvecu

    Blade is obviously right, despite all you might believe. There is no logical basis, no argument, no actors, no Lucas intention, and no directors to sustain this fool rumour. Face it: episode III will be the last installment of the whole saga and surely one of the best, according to what we have been hearing up to now. It is time for another Jedi Council, Moriarty!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Historically, Lucas has commented on a sequel....

    by I Own You

    For those of us old enough to remember, Lucas talked about doing a prequel followed by a sequel after he had finished Empire. He had recanted at one point, but then, just after 'Episode I', he had mentioned that he still planned to complete a nine-part story line. So... one must assume there's a story line in place, whether Lucas directs or not.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:39 p.m. CST

    A perspective

    by Mafu

    When I first read this piece of news, I thought, "Shit, man. Why not? That'd be cool with new directors and writers." Then, after a pregnant pause that I spent staring at my monitor, I thought, "Screw that." The third episode may give some life to a series that has shot itself in the head, but I just couldn't stomach any more of the Star Wars universe. Admittedly, I'm a hard science fiction fan, so I'm not enthralled by purely fantastical science fiction like Star Wars. I don't want to see any more light sabre battles, characters hovering between the dark and light side of the force, and no-explanation-necessary engines and weapons. I mean, aren't those plot elements developed in the 1970s? 25 freakin' years ago? I'd like to see big-time battle sequences with elements that I've never seen before. If they decide to make three more Star Wars episodes, that will certainly never happen. Peace, out.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:47 p.m. CST

    A bud mentioned the thrawn trilogy of books

    by pax256

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I hate to say it but....

    by BlunderWoman

    Eps. I and II are nothing more than acts of vandalisim. Where's the humour? The guts? The sheer genius and vision of the original trilogy? An article I read awhile back called George (and Stephen to a lesser degree) scared old men changing the work of brave young men and I agree. I love movies and in particular the Star Wars movies and to see it's legacy reduced to a pathetic, fumbing and half-assed project with bumbling storylines that wouldn't make it on a day time soap opera is really sad. If they make anymore after number III, well, I just don't know what I'll do but if George Lucas comes into my bar...I'm spitting in his drink!

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 10:48 p.m. CST

    dagnabit...

    by pax256

    that that trilogy of books would be worthy of a screen treatment... Ive never read tho Its apparently a good storyline.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Lives!...I hope...

    by The Hillbrothers

    Well, finally another SW discussion on AICN, time to come out again in support for ol' GL. I agree SW sequels should ignore the EU; it has diluted the epic nature of the SW universe. Perhaps the quality of the SW films has been suspect occasionally, mostly, in my opinion, in TPM, but there were hammy moments even in ANH. OK, so the rebellion has defeated the Empire; what even greater enemy could surpass the threat of the Emperor? Not those Yuzung Vong aliens-- I know there is alot of affection for that storyline among EU fans, but the dramatic strength of the villains in the OT is that they were human, and therefore a fantastical and macroscopic reflection of our own nature, our capacity for evil. The storyline of the PT centers on a human being's fall from grace. We are asked to identify with his humanity in order to understand what compels him to become Darth Vader. The personal struggles are familial in the OT & PT, and therefore more stirring. And everything plays out through the lives of the most powerful or "historically" signifigant people in the SW universe. That is the "epic" quality of the films which the EU material lacks. Aliens are "alien," and that's what they represent in the SW universe. A shift in gears to the contemplation of the nature of (evil) aliens in a sequel trilogy would be inappropriate. So the enemy must be human, in my opinion. One idea I heard about a while back that I kind of liked is the clone of Anakin returning, and not turning to the dark side but saving his own father (an older Luke) from falling to the dark side. After all, GL has said that the arc of the entire story centers on Vader. But he changes his mind over the years (that's legitimate), and an evil Luke? Naw... But how about Luke's children? What if they were twins? (I know that Han & Leia have twins in the EU, but I think it should be kept in the Skywalker line) Yeah, I know, more twins, but it could become a theme. And what if one of them became evil? I think Luke should have a boy and a girl, and the male child should fall to the dark side, and the trilogy could center on a female Jedi heroine. But you need space battles in SW, and I think it was always hard for the EU to come up with good excuses for mass space battles. Timothy Zahn's idea was to have the remnants of a once greater force stumbling upon a lost fleet of obsolete starships. Not so threatening. It's just not epic enough. I was never impressed with the extended "mopping up" of the desperate leftovers of the Empire. And if they're still so powerful after ROTJ, it lessens the impact of the victory achieved in that film. The Yuzung Vong were an attempt at a fresh and powerful enemy, but that could never be as deeply interpersonal as the battle became in the films, as I said. I haven't got a better idea, either, and I've thought about it too much as it is. But maybe GL has something cool up his sleeve. After all, he's had along time to ruminate on the subject. But please, no cloned Emperor-- he was already defeated. What I would really prefer to see is simply a new SW trilogy, starting with an Episode I, with a different subtitle, and following the events of the formation of the Republic. Throw out what has been said of the Rpublic's history in the EU. As is mentioned in TPM: "There hasn't been a full-scale war since the formation of the Republic." And that should, of course, be the Sith War. I want to see how they were defeated by the Jedi, driven into hiding, and reduced in number to only two. Because I'm envisioning an army of Sith warriors in their heyday, with the epic lightsaber battles between hundreds of Jedi and hundreds (hell, make it a thousand) Sith warriors. Probably half the people who have an unreasonable hatred of the PT dislike it because deep down they feel cheated out of seeing this kind of thing in the prequels (What?! Only TWO Sith?!). I would have the Jedi struggling to liberate a world enslaved by the Sith, on which the children are stolen and imprisoned to be "re-educated" by Sith witches. That would be cool. Only problem is, it would be great, really great, to see a young Yoda, in his prime, but it's established in the films that he's not quite old enough to have been around at the formation of the republic. But maybe GL could go back and effect another one of his changes, making Yoda 1000 years old in the old movies. OK, I've gone on so long about the SW movies that will probably never exist that I can't justify using up more space to defend AOTC. But GOD I love that movie. And maybe you all will change your minds about it someday. MTFBWY.

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan presents: Episodes 7 - 9

    by Flim

    "I'm your father, brother!"

  • Jan. 15, 2004, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Money money money

    by TimTimSalabim

    Can there be a reason other than money to continue this series? Ep I and II are abominations, the worst sequels (ok, prequels, whatever) ever made. No, wait, sorry, forgot about the Matrix abominations. Close, though.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 12:20 a.m. CST

    I can try to verify this info...

    by Stilt-Man

    My brother-in-law works for Pac Title, and I will ask him if he may eventually be working on the SW films (he is one of the more talented critters who work for Pac Title...so I presume he would get a shot at some SW shots). Happy New Year, Christopher H

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 12:22 a.m. CST

    It doesn't matter...

    by BuggerOff

    ...because Carrie Fisher is fat. I saw her on one of those Poker shows and nearly shit myself. She was all fat and uncoordinated. How the fuck could she let herself go like that? Shit.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 1:29 a.m. CST

    I AIN'T no Rabbit!

    by tensticks

    That's a green LEPUS CARNIVEROUS to you buster!

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 1:30 a.m. CST

    OrionsAngel

    by Black Jesus

    thank you. my thoughts exactly.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 1:38 a.m. CST

    "Episode VII: The Legend of Chewie's Gold"...nt

    by magnumshaft

    .

  • I suspect that the real reason Lucas is tying up all those actors and special effects folks is so he can redo the first six films over and over and over and over...

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Cooooooooool neeeeeeews! And naysayers shoud die! ;)))

    by Lord_Soth

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I reckon a sequel trilogy would be an awesome chance to bring st

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST

    If Ep III makes money, you bet your sweet bippie there'll be 7,8

    by numberface

    Goiter boy luv da money

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Hitchhiker's News

    by Pandas

    SecondPlace, there was some Hitchikers news on the BBC News site the other day as well as various British TV/Radio progs, which I guess is what is being referred to. It is that Martin Freeman (Tim in The Office) is to play Arthur Dent and Bill Nighy (of Love, Actually fame) is to play Slartibardfast. Unless that is just old news and they have something new. Who knows? I'm hopelessly behind the times on these things normally.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 6:22 p.m. CST

    FILM THE TIMOTHY ZAHN TRILOGY

    by RobRed1

    Sorry for shouting, but can anyone really think of anything Lucas can do that can surpass the "Heir to the Empire" trilogy? So, the first trilogy is about the fall of Anakin Skywalker, the rise of Palpatine and the destruction of the Jedi Order. The second (original) trilogy is about the redemption of Anakin Skywalker, the fall of Palpatine and the rise of Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Knight. So, what could the theme of the third trilogy be? Luke restarting the Jedi Order and training Leai's kids as Jedi? One of Leai's kids falling to the dark side?

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Oh....oh....ohhhhhh

    by MisterBlonde

    Boring talkback mostly....but holy fuck.....yes, my friend you were right. John Woo needs to get himself a Boba Fett movie. I would probably ejaculate a lot throughout such a movie, until only air was coming out of my pee-pee. Oh, and it turns out that 7, 8, and 9 AREN'T sequels. They're not even 7, 8, and 9!! They're going to be Episode 0, 0a, and 0b. They won't actually be numbered that way, they'll simply have subtitles without numbers. The storyline follows the adventures of young Yoda, during his times as a dry-cleaner clerk who was inventing the Jedi ways. We'll also find that his full name is Yoda Ham. I say that the prequels we're going to be awesome up until I saw the ad on the Super Bowl that gave us a quick shot of Yoda and then showed the words, "Yoda man!"...After that, I went and slammed my dick in a door.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 7:08 p.m. CST

    BladeRULES

    by Aetius450

    Thanks for the info. But the other source I read said specifically that he chose to write and direct himself because it was 'quicker and easier', not because he felt he was the only one who could do it. As for the acting; well I've never read where Kershner said Lucas told him to go for this alleged style while directing the actors. FIn fact I read where Kershner said he was picked because Lucas wanted Empire to be better than the first. I've also never read where one of the lead actors have said that Lucas told them to go for an old style. I don't hate Lucas like so many here seem to, but I must admit that the scarcity with which Lucas talks about the acting on the dvds or in interviews, and the scarcity with which the actors talk about Lucas' direction and their lack of involvement with the dvds suggests to me that perhaps Lucas doesn't consciously go for a style but rather he truly is uninterested in directing actual human beings and the resulting performances that some call stiff and wooden (I mostly disagree with those charges myself) was not his intent but rather a result of his lack of direction. As for the question about criticism; it seems I was right: Lucas doesn't accept any criticism as valid. Saying they are meant for children seems like an excuse to me. And of course there are other effects-heavy, childrens movies like the HP movies that seem to get by without distracting dialogue and with modern acting. Same thing for movies with universal appeal like Spiderman. As for him envisioning them as silent movies; well the fact is they are not. Would it have killed him to let someone else write the dialogue seeing as how it is an element that audiences care about, and that he seemingly doesn't? As for these movies being timeless classics for children; He can say what he wants, but the Original Trilogy had universal appeal. The first two especially appealed to teenagers and young adults as much as to children. That is why they are classics. TPM pandered to children with the franchise-tainting, audience-alienating jar jar and the bizarre decision to make anakin a 10 yr old. That partially explains why it will not be considered a classic.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 9:33 p.m. CST

    heres an idea

    by Bourne GreyElf

    let peter jackson and weta and the whole lotr crew make a new starwars trilogy, they would pump one out a year and they would all kick the shit outta george lucas' crap.

  • Jan. 16, 2004, 9:37 p.m. CST

    llac2, you sound...

    by Bourne GreyElf

    exactly like all the other starwars fans, your all a bunch of fucking clones, hanging on to the pointless belief starwars is cool, grow up, starwars sucks, I wouldn't watch it if I were 10. bad scrip, bad acting, bad music, bad characters, bad directing, bad sets, and not all the cgi is good, but its the best thing starwars has going for it.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Shitty films now come with warranty

    by bioforge

    If you dont like it we'll make more episodes or a tv series.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 4:05 a.m. CST

    In conclusion to my conclusion....

    by jcFIG

    Heres a hint, jerkoffs. Someone start a petition and get Peter Jackson to do the job George Lucas in clearly incapable of doing. Directing the movies right. Hand over Episodes 7,8 and 9 and give the man free reign over Skywalker Ranch and let him go to town. In 6 years we will get 3 amazing movies will directed and acted, none of this Episode 1 and 2 rubbish.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Shut up

    by hobsnobber

    Maybe some of us like the prequels. Maybe some of us say, "GIVE ME MORE STAR WARS!!!" I don't give a shit what it is. All of you whining babies should put your mom's nipple back in your mouth, seems how she's in the kitchen and your in the basement. If Lucas makes 7, 8 and 9, DON'T GO. But I bet my left testicle that every one of you will go. I'd bet BOTH of them. ANd you'll hate them. You'll blame Lucas. "CGI this..... No story that.... blah blah blah." The only person you should be blaming is yourself. YOU paid the money. YOU walked into the theater. No one forced you. Ha. Force. Get over your self-importance. I can't get enough Star Wars, and if your a real fan, not some fair-weather "that movie sucks, so Star Wars sucks" fan, you'll feel the same way. I don't pick a new ball team every year because my team didn't win the Super Bowl, or the Pennant, or the Stanley Cup. And by the way, Jackson did it in 3 years BECAUSE of what Lucas had accomplished, you ignorant prick.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 4:35 a.m. CST

    I'm sure Jackson could make a great sequel trilogy

    by hobsnobber

    IF SOMEONE ELSE WROTE IT FOR HIM

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I'm confused !

    by RobinP

    Why does Lucas go to Pacific Title when he owns ILM, the leaders in the field ? In any event, I'd be more surprised if Lucas DIDN'T go ahead and make the final trilogy. Think of all the extra money to be made with a 9 disc dvd set...or of they're all double discs, think of the $$$$ for an 18 disc set, followed by the Ultimate set, oh and all the licencing, and the asses on theater seats. Star Wars is a license to print money, and even though I'm often here complaining about being milked by Lucasfilm, as his only source of income, you can't help but understand the logic of making hay while the sun shines.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 9:41 a.m. CST

    bwahahahaahahahh!!!!

    by Bourne GreyElf

    it begins! let the trolling commence! hey llac2 or whatever, why don't you go slide up and down jar jars cock you faggot, adn then drink his midichlorian cum juice asswipe, starwars is DEAD, and all you clones are just in fucking denial at how awful these movies are! darth vader having one of 3pos' legs??? wtf!?

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 11:34 a.m. CST

    ...

    by SoonerSean

    Let Lucas write the stories, then hand everything over to Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg. It'd be three of the greatest movies ever made.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 1:58 p.m. CST

    oh fuck of Orion

    by Bourne GreyElf

    nobody takes this shit serious anyway, and anyone who takes my posts seriously have problems of thier own, I like starwars just as much as the next guy, and love the original trilogy, this is just a bit oh fun. KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC OWNS YOU MOTHER FUCKERS, by the way.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 2:35 p.m. CST

    yeah, starwars done by peter jackson would go alittle something

    by Bourne GreyElf

    "It began a long time ago, with the forging of the LightSabers, in a galaxy far far away. Three were given to the Twileks, fairest and wisest of all beings. 7, to the Huts, skilled merchants and SlaveTraders. And 9, 9 were given the race of Men, who above all desire power, for in each of these Sabers, was given the Force, to govern the Galaxy. But they were all of them decieved, for another Saber was made. On the Planet Coruscant, in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark lord Palpatine, forged in secret, a master Lightsaber, to control all others. and into this Saber he poured his cruelty, his malice, and the Dark side of the Force. One by one, the free planets of the Republic fell to the power of the Saber. But there were those who resisted. A last aliance of Men, and Mandolorians, flew to battle, and in the orbit of Coruscant, they fought for the freedom, of the Galaxy." now tell me this movie would not fucking rule.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 4:53 p.m. CST

    ...

    by SoonerSean

    I'm just of the opinion that someone like Peter Jackson might actually care about the script and the dialogue instead of flashing fancy CGI created ships and Jar-Jar like characters at us. As someone that grew up with the original Star Wars and loves it to this day, the last two have been awfully disappointing. Of the two names I mentioned... I'd love to see Spielberg get a shot at a SW script.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Anything to make a buck

    by MillDaKill

    Why doesnt lucas shoot himself in the face?

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 9:03 p.m. CST

    So it's come to this

    by Ribbons

    Star Wars fans and LotR fans heed the call to arms, outfitted only with psuedonyms and rhetoric, in an effort to out-marginalize the others' favorite franchise. Have fun, fuckos.

  • Hello? Maybe, MAYBE if they got Bruce Campbell to play Luke's son, it would own. Otherwise, leave it alone or get Gilliam to do an HBO miniseries.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Sorry

    by Ribbons

    I didn't mean to be obnoxious. Seriously. It's just that you can find fault in any movie if you look for it, and these pointless duels over which one sucks are grating. Do whatever you want. Also, here's hoping that all the news on the front page will soon be replaced so that nobody gets to read up on how I've made an ass out of myself today.

  • Jan. 17, 2004, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Oh, it's ON. It is on like Donkey Kong, biiiiitches!

    by Devil'sOwn

    Man, I love a Star Wars Talkback. But these cats're gettin' booty- stupid. I have no clue why some people view an article on a certain franchise as an invitation to piss all over it and make irrelevant comparisons. Some cockswab always feels compelled to fly in the face of all logic, history, and established criticism and say things like Star Wars is overrated, Lucas has lost what little talent he had as a filmmaker, and there is no way he can ever produce anything of value. Man, get off the pipe. These movies are all about hope! And, hate t'tell ya, but our children will be enjoying the original trilogy long after we've given up this trifling bs. As I, and a whole helluva lot of other people, have said, I would love see new Star Wars material. I don't care. What has gone before doesn't deter me. BRING IT!!! It does however, seem like a logistal nightmare. How they gonna do it? Dunno. But I seriously doubt fanboy whining and apathy will be the greatest obstacle it has to overcome.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Even if they all completely suck...

    by pattyman5000

    Lucas can release extra-special editions in 30 years, edit out Jar Jar, add some new animals, some Imperial Walkers, and computer-enhance the acting (ILM will be able to do anything by then). They'll be awesome...I guarantee it.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Good on you Orion, and llac2.

    by Bourne GreyElf

    you can like whatever you like, like I said, just having some fun. I don't truly think the prequels are the second coming of the anti christ like everyone else, but they have lost ALOT of the heart that drew people in the first time in the 70s, this, every starwars fan has to admit, or they truely are delusional. oh, and I would totally pay to see breakdancing wizards, and faggy aliens(elves), anything has to be better than gungans and jar jar.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 1:02 a.m. CST

    GADZOOKS, look up oppo rancisis on the official starwars website

    by Bourne GreyElf

    you talk about gay aliens(races) in LOTR, but you fail the mention that the starwars universe DOES have some of the most stupid looking aliens, like the aforemention oppo rancisis. also, the robots of the techno union, are completely stupid, having to adjust their voices like a radio frequency when they talk? yeah, pretty cool...you've got gungans, fat slugs called huts, batboys, aliens with BUTT FACES, the list goes on and on buddy. all the "gayness" in lotr is called ACTING, something your not used to in a starwars movie buddy.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 1:05 a.m. CST

    oh, and when pj releases extended editions of films..

    by Bourne GreyElf

    he doesn't put in a scenes with dancing cgi aliens, that completely ruin a serious scene. nor does the witch king have the leg an annoying android. I'll tell you what though, I am looking forward strangely enough to his new tamperings with the original trilogy, can't wait to own those on dvd, even though a burping sarlac will still be there....

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Barney was another franchise raking it in "for the children"

    by The Killer-Goat

    maybe if box office tickets and merchandise are all that support a franchise, Lucas should add a few singing purple dinosaurs to counter the giant race of hairy rugs. Make the film a singalong. That would really draw the crowds of kiddies. Because really, for the prequels it's all about the kids. Really. Tell you one thing: I only saw AOTC in the theater once. Then I rented it for a second viewing. I can wait to rent the 3rd film on dvd. Lucas don't own me.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I posted this before, but it's worth repeating: you cannot trust

    by FrankDrebin

    HOTDOG is a British wannabe film mag that's trying to steal the crown from EMPIRE. From copying EMPIRE's look exactly, to inventing "scoops" to boost circulation, HOTDOG is not a valid source.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Mmmm......

    by Ribbons

    .....hot dog......

  • Why Lucas is hiring Pacific? simple. He got tired of saying "this is good" "this is good" when asked what to do in desiging the PT and picking out the sculpture maquette for Dexter Jexter(see AOTC documentary if your'e really bored). Lucas has no more energy. The man's got his own domestic problems. You can see it in the documentaries. He should just hire talent and let his money do the talking. Don't even hold a camera once or look at an editing screen in filming Ep. 7,8,9. After reading a few EU SW books. Zahn's heir to empire bit was the best mainly because Zahn is a real sci-fi hugo-winning writer and Thrawn-Pellaeon tactical discussions carried the stories. They need someone else to develop the jedi and Force story since they still can't describe the Force satisfactory in the new novel.(unifying force, LIVING FORCE, UNIFYING FORCE, huh??) READ some of the early Lucas scripts for original SW. Total LOTR rippoff, one script even describes '3 rings' of power. Jackson did NOT write the story of the rings. Tolkien did. SW:ANH and ESB ripped off LOTR. That's why LOTR may seem boring to some because OT was there FIRST with the cool ideas. That's WHY Zahn's stories should be in the new trilogy. At LEAST something like the Thrawn-Pellaeon dynamic even if it takes place 25 years after Yavin and screws up the whole EU history and screws up the Yuuzhong Vong and Young Jedi Acadmey , Daala crap. Though keep Mara Jade and Luke hooking up. Mara Jade is HOT.

  • Jan. 18, 2004, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, for the love of Obi Wan, Goat!

    by Devil'sOwn

    Very clever. Thank you for standing up and being that rugged individual who won't be in Lucas' pocket. I guess you can always eagerly await the release of the next David Lynch masterpiece.*** GreyElf, your posts are quality! I enjoy them for your creativity and pure speculative fun. You sound like you have a healthy attitude towards this issue, the way it's meant to be. As I've said before, with all that has occured in this franchise and those associated with it, I can't possibly imagine what they would do if the sequels were to become a reality. But I find it impossible to believe good ideas have been exhausted. Yes, the concept seems tired to a generation that has seen The Matrix come and go, comic book films finally being well executed, and The Lord of the Rings epic getting the treatment it deserves. But still- Lucas created a whole universe of possibilities. And it's that curiousity that makes me want to see how it would be handled, the New Republic galaxy after over two decades, Luke at the Jedi Academy, Han and Leia, Chewbacca, Lando and the Droids. Who doesn't like to check up on old friends?

  • Jan. 19, 2004, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Here's some Hitchhiker's news.....

    by BarrelRider

    The guy who plays Tim in The Office is going to play Arthur Dent. Did I say "news"? I meant "olds"....

  • Jan. 21, 2004, 9:02 p.m. CST

    You sorry fanboys will have to move out of your parents house ne

    by VistaSierra

    Then some of you whiny losers will be forced to move out of your parent's home, after the last Star Wars film, Episode III, is released next year. You will have to move out of your parent's basement, get a job, and get married! (Wow, that's a social life!) Get one, loser fanboys!

  • April 15, 2004, 10:42 a.m. CST

    episode3

    by garfield50

    I think that the title for episode3 will be rise of the empire because palpatine rises to power I've also heard that their are going to be black storm troopers that will make clones follow them all I know is that it is going to be the fall of anakin and the republic thanks for listening now may the force be with you

  • Sept. 24, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    TITLES TO STAR WARS EPISODE VII,VIII, IX

    by MasterKatarn

    .STAR WARS Episode VII-THE DARK ORDER .STAR WARS Episode VIII-BATTLE OF THE REPUBLIC Star Wars: Yuuzhan Vong wars (tv show) .STAR WARS Episode IX-BALANCE OF THE FORCE