Well folks according to what a Lucasfilm spokesperson told MTV, we will see the trailer before the end of the year complements of the Official Star Wars Web site. Yeah yeah, I know... you want to see it in theaters first. Well the source that was talking about THE WATERBOY and MEET JOE BLACK as possible locations for a trailer... well they firmed up their credentials, but they are still talking about the trailer not arriving till mid-November. While I have someone that works very high up over at Pixar telling me (along with quite a few other people) that the trailer is about 99.9% sure of showing in front of A BUG'S LIFE. (as well as the TARZAN trailer and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG) And then there is the PRINCE OF EGYPT contingent that guarantees the trailer there. I really really feel that we all need to just relax. It will play when it will play. In the meanwhile, we should all dress up in Apes costumes and greet John Glenn when he arrives back on Earth.
Meanwhile the news wagon continues... Apparently someone overheard Lucas talking during his Luncheon yesterday in Sydney, that they have a script ready for INDY IV, but he is now waiting on Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg. Wellllll.... It just so happens that my little pert eared people in Australia tell me that Spielberg will be at the conference beginning possibly today. Hmmmm... God Willing, we'll hear what he's gonna be doing next. (Cross your fingers and pray for INDY IV!!!) It seems we have reached a turning point of activity on EPISODE 2. This, my friends, is a really really great sign. Why? Well it shows extreme confidence in this first film. And it's the beginning of a surge of momentum. With a mere 6 months to go and only 11 months till work begins on Episode 2... well it shows that work is obviously beginning on the 2nd installment. Animatics are being made, designs are being worked out, and the scripts are being finished. Meaning... everyone is no longer working on Episode 1. The film is in it's finishing stages. To illustrate this.. well I got this tidbit about John Williams below...
Hi this is Alex, that bowler hat wearing jock-strapped guy from London.
I've got a fantastic scoop for you: A friend of mine who shall remain anonymous, works at the Barbican where you will remember John Williams recently held some absolutely fantastic concerts. He was present along with just John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra at the get together after the last nights show in July, his parting words to the group were "Anyway I'll see you all soon in February for the Star Wars films"
This is good news as it means Williams will use the world best LSO for the prequels, rather than the inferior Boston Pops or a studio orchestra as he has been using recently. My friend will thus be present at the sessions in February as part of the sound tech crew and will be privy to the early demo recordings!
This next fellow claims to have been at a position to see sensitive materials at Lucasfilm, and claims that at least on one memo, the following was the title being used for Episode III. Is it true? Well it very well could have been when he saw it, but these titles always seem to be as solid as a glass of evaporated milk. I wouldn't go out making your fanboy T-shirts just yet, afterall... it's a good 5 or 6 years till it'll be coming out. But hey... ain't it fun to guesstimate about this stuff?
Call me 'Quark' for anonymity's sake. Anyway, I have some delightful little 'inside' information on a very likely title for Episode III of the prequel trilogy! I just finished a recent 3-month stint working as an intern (that dreaded word) at Lucasfilm, Ltd.'s Los Angeles-area offices. During my tenure, I had the distinct pleasure of filing and sealing numerous letters, invoices, spreadsheets, etc. Incidentally, one particular memo caught my eye: a freshly typed memo addressed directly to George Lucas, c/o Skywalker Ranch. The document contained an elaborate cost and budget schedule for the first episode and some projected data of a similar nature for Episodes II and III. Episode II was marked simply "Ep2," but Episode III was labeled "Ep3. Fall of the Jedi." As such, I have a feeling Mr. Lucas is leaning toward Fall of the Jedi for the title of his third installment. The title could be a tentative one, or possibly another elaborate hoax. Nevertheless, I'm willing to wager the farm (or Ranch, as it were) that George is going with it. One reason stands out in my mind: the continuity. Fall of the Jedi ties in brilliantly with Episode VI's title Return of the Jedi. George has often stated that the 'true theme' of the Star Wars series was 'redemption' (as in Anakin's). Fall of the Jedi would imply that Anakin experiences his "fall from grace" (we know George loves his mythological archetypes!) and that the last remaining Jedi "fall" from existence. The rise of Luke as a new Jedi Knight and the salvation of Anakin's soul in Episode VI would thus grant Return of the Jedi all the more depth behind its title. In short -- FotJ is too perfect not to be the title. I'll keep you guys posted if I find out any more. >=)
Groovy... this will hopefully mean that we will get to hear the inside skinny on the scoring of the film. Though, I must say, there is no place I would rather be in history, than at this scoring session. If there is one aspect of these films I am most looking forward to... well it has to be Williams' scores. I'm so very excited about it. This next informant has been a contributor of AICN for a very very long time and has always been reliable. Although this is a case where he is relying on another's information. Here's his scoop...
Just thought I'd clarify some of the stuff circulating about the Star Wars trailer, especially as it regards these supposed showings of the trailer in select cities on such films as MEET JOE BLACK, et al.
According to my source at Fox, only a select few top Fox execs have even seen the thing, much less been able to take steps to lock it into any theaters at this time. Fox' advertising and promotional campaign for Episode One does not officially commence until Thanksgiving week, and as per the terms of that arrangement, LucasFilm is obligated to provide the studio with a trailer no later than that week, and certainly no sooner. It will not go on THE SIEGE due to that film's R-rating and it's pre-Thanksgiving release.
At this stage, the trailer is 99.9% going to be attached to A Bug's Life, at least initially, and then spread out across a number of other features (Star Trek, Thin Red Line, etc) throughout the month of December. The "2-part" trailer (designed to keep people in their seats until the end of the movie) is a complete fallacy.
Booster Gold @ The Warner Commisary, Restroom, 2nd Stall to the left
THen finally, this next part has to do with something sooooo... hmmmm strange I don't even know what to say. In England, I believe they'd call this bollocks, which the gorgeous Vivian Leigh once told me meant testicles which is translated into english as Bullshit. Well, This part does have SPOILERS but only if it is true. Personally I believe it to be erroneous reporting by some reporter... But... ya never know... I mean.. come on.. Some people still don't believe THE PHANTOM MENACE thingee...
Here's a paragraph from a report in Melbourne newspaper The Age(5th Nov):
"Because the new films are prequels, fans will be able to see the development of their favorite characters, Luke Skywalker (from farm boy to hero), Princess Leia (from pretty girl to member of the Galactic Senate) and Han Solo (raised by space gypsies)."