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Title: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on August 01, 2007, 02:49:12 AM
Seeing as this forum is starting to get more traffic lately, I figure it's time for a general discussion thread. It works the same way as the other ones, anything you don't feel is worthy of starting an entirely new topic you can post in here.
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There's been a major change to the live action Star Wars TV series:

http://starwarsblog.wordpress.com/2007/07/14/rick-mccallum-talks-live-action-tv-series-and-star-wars-3-d/#more-162

Rick McCallum Talks Live Action TV Series and Star Wars 3-D

Today, Warwick Davis welcomed prequel producer Rick McCallum to the Celebrity Stage at Celebration Europe for an update on projects he’s been involved with lately, such as the Star Wars live-action TV series, the Young Indiana Jones DVD series, and the yet-to-be-started Star Wars saga in 3-D.

Check out the audio presentation above (edited for brevity) or read the list of highlights below.

The Live Action Series:

    * McCallum and Lucas were recently in London meeting writers for the Star Wars live action TV series.
    * “We want to be able to take all this technology we’ve developed over the years and make it accessible to everybody and try to make each one of the episodes [of the live-action TV series] look like a major feature film with all the production values and visual effects that you would expect in a feature but do it for a television budget.”
    * “We’ve met a whole bunch of writers from literally all over the world – we have Australia left, that’s the last place we’re going to meet some people – we’re hoping to get a group of six or seven writers ready sometime between September and December to make the final choice and then we’ll start doing story outlines. As I said before, it’s a much darker, much more character-based series, much more adult, and we’re hoping that it will go on for up to 400 episodes.”
    * “I think if we can get [the live action Star Wars TV series] right, it’s something that can go on for years and years. One of the ideas is that we’ll have multiple series going on in about two or three year’s time.
    * “We’re definitely going back to Sydney to shoot [the live action TV series] and probably June of next year we’ll start casting for it…I’ve had three conceptual artists working on it now for about seven months.”

Young Indy on DVD:

    * “October 13th, the first [Young Indiana Jones DVD] comes out. We’ve spent about three and a half years making 100 documentaries to go with each episode of the Chronicles. So the first set comes out in mid-October, and then [a second batch] in January and [a third] just right after Indy IV.”

Star Wars in 3-D:

    * “We’re planning to take all six films and turn them into 3-D. The problem is there’s not enough digital theaters in the world now to do that, and the process of turning 2-D material into 3-D is very expensive. So we’re waiting for the companies out there that are developing this technology to bring it down to a cost level that makes it worthwhile for everybody, then we’ll convert the films into 3-D.”
    * “I think 2009 is going to be a big year for 3-D. That’s when Jim Cameron is coming out with his first feature, Avatar, that will be completely shot in 3-D. I think that will start the movement, and once we get about ten thousand screens around the world, it will be possible for us…to push this so we can finally have digital dominance in all the theaters around the world.”

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Wow. So they're going to go ahead and do a whole TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT-like run of multiple live-action series. This is awesome news. Lucas was originally just saying it was going to be a single hundred episode series taking place over four seasons, but now they can do four separate series with 25 episodes per season for four seasons if they keep that same format.

Plus the quality writers they're seeking to bring in, the innovative new filming techniques, and the fact that Lucas can afford to film movie-budget TV shows on his own terms without threat of cancellation (since he'll be financing it all on his own dime) really has me excited to see what they are planning on doing.

If it's multiple series maybe Lucas can do the Episode 7-9 post-RotJ film storylines he had always had outlined as part of one of the series instead.

Great news about the Young Indy Chronicles on DVD as well. I have them on tape but they're getting kind of old so it's time to replace them.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Glory to the Dominion on August 04, 2007, 11:40:19 AM
Hmm, interesting news- I like the darker trend info and multiple series could be really cool.

I hope they do some interesting stuff- like perhaps doing some 'morally ambiguous' eps that dont do the whole 'Rebellion-good, Empire-bad' thing- like the clones who refuse order 66 in the Vader novel- stuff like that would make for good tv. Plus Vader's Jedi purge definately needs some serious screen time.  ;D
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Kestra on September 05, 2007, 11:59:07 PM
In case anyone's going to be in the Chicagoland area over the next few months, there's a Star Wars Exhibit (http://www.msichicago.org/temp_exhibit/starwars/index.html) at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It might be lame, but the museum is generally pretty good and is probably my favorite one downtown.  Plus they had a kickass videogame exhibit awhile back so I'm hoping this'll be as good.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on September 06, 2007, 02:17:45 AM
Looks like fun. It would be worth it for a chance to take a picture in the Falcon's cockpit.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on September 06, 2007, 09:46:00 AM
Looks like fun. It would be worth it for a chance to take a picture in the Falcon's cockpit.

You can take a photo while sitting in my cockpit and I'm closer. But you still gotta pay.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on September 06, 2007, 09:56:11 AM
You can take a photo while sitting in my cockpit.

I have a camera, not a microscope.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on September 06, 2007, 10:04:33 AM
You can take a photo while sitting in my cockpit.

I have a camera, not a microscope.

True, my penis is so large that the only way to see my crotch is with a microscope.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on September 07, 2007, 09:28:09 AM
^^ Someone i know once told me this: A real man doesn't need to talk about his privates. He already knows his is bigger than anyone esle's.

Sorry, i couldn't resist.  ;)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on September 07, 2007, 09:34:56 AM
^^ Someone i know once told me this: A real man doesn't need to talk about his privates. He already knows his is bigger than anyone esle's.

Sorry, i couldn't resist.  ;)

Yeah, but the priest who molested you isn't the greatest source on that, now is he?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on September 07, 2007, 09:43:10 AM
Actually it wasn't a priest. I was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on September 07, 2007, 10:23:10 AM
Actually it wasn't a priest. I was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.

Why the hell are you taking advice from teenagers?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: DarkShinobi on September 07, 2007, 10:35:44 AM
In case anyone's going to be in the Chicagoland area over the next few months, there's a Star Wars Exhibit (http://www.msichicago.org/temp_exhibit/starwars/index.html) at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It might be lame, but the museum is generally pretty good and is probably my favorite one downtown.  Plus they had a kickass videogame exhibit awhile back so I'm hoping this'll be as good.

DEFINATELY going!

 ;)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on September 07, 2007, 11:12:45 AM
Actually it wasn't a priest. I was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.

Why the hell are you taking advice from teenagers?

Let me rephrase: Actually it wasn't a priest. It was another kid same age i was at the time. 13 IIRC.

In case the question stands. He advance on me and i was too young and too stupid to notice otherwise.  Fortunately, My mom and my family found out and took action.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on September 21, 2007, 02:17:17 AM
Lucas released a little more detail about the upcoming TV shows.
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Lucas Talks Star Wars On TV

George Lucas talked about the state of the various Star Wars television projects in development in the second part of an interview with TV Guide.

"There's Clone Wars, and we're in the middle of that," he said. "It's basically like Star Wars [in that it] takes place between, obviously, Episode II and Episode III, but it's the same kind of action. Unfortunately, it doesn't fall into the realm of what animation [typically] is, which is either adult, kind of off-color humor or kiddie stuff. This is, like Star Wars, sort of in between those two things. It's a lot of battle stuff, and it's obviously the Clone Wars, so it's a war picture. ... It's very much like the features. We're still trying to figure out how to put it on the air."

Lucas said that there are a hundred episodes planned for the series, half of which should be completed before the first one airs. Lucas and his company are aiming to premiere the series in the fall of 2008 but are still considering where it would fit best on the broadcast schedule. "So far, everybody's got the same conundrums," he said. "'How do we program it? Where does it live? Where can we put something like this?' You know, it has to go after 9 o'clock and it can't be on a kiddie channel."

Lucas is also working on a live-action series for television and said that he expects to be writing it about a month from now. The series will be set in the Star Wars universe between Episode III and Episode IV and will feature minor characters from the films.

"It's like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about—people talk about them—but you never see them because it doesn't take place where they actually are. There are stormtroopers and all that, but there are no Jedis. It's different, but I think it's very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven't been able to explore."


http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=44233
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Not having Palpatine and Vader in the live action series doesn't surprise me, but it's a little disappointing to hear that there won't be any Jedi in it. Even if it's a birth of the Rebellion or bounty hunter based series there would still be room to include some of the Jedi avoiding the Purge. Since the series will involve dozens of top-notch writers though hopefully someone will put forward a good Jedi story that makes Lucas change his mind.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on September 21, 2007, 09:28:20 AM
So it sounds like it's just going to be Firefly, except with Aliens.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on October 03, 2007, 06:23:51 AM
These people have built a 21-foot flying rocket-powered replica of the X-Wing.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/star-wars/rocket+powered-21+foot-long-x+wing-model-actually-flies-305976.php

I predict that this ship will run into the ground in less then 12 parsecs.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on October 03, 2007, 08:48:03 AM
Like this? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du7PcYVbl_k)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on October 03, 2007, 09:21:15 AM
Heh. Great choice of music. Yeah, it'll be like that rocket drone that bellyflopped.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: caisson2delta on October 04, 2007, 07:18:13 AM
Just out of curiousity, if these guys were capable of getting it to fly, would they need some sort of special permission or clearance based on it's size?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Da Vinci on October 04, 2007, 10:02:28 AM
IIRC you need permission for even a model rocket, so I highly doubt they're going to fly it without permission  :P
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on October 07, 2007, 07:30:56 AM
First Look: The Essential Atlas

October 05, 2007

Fly from one side of the galaxy to the other and see everything in between with the next installment of the revamped Essential Guides to Star Wars from Del Rey Books. This is so much more than a revisit to the first edition Essential Guide to Planets and Moons. Authors and Star Wars astrogators Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace have meticulously researched the Star Wars universe of movies, books, comics and more to create an unparalleled resource for Star Wars travelers.

Inside Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, learn about the structure of the galaxy, the astronomical and geopolitical divisions and distinction that frame this far-away setting. Sections devoted to specific regions in the galaxy include the Deep Core, the Colonies, Hutt Space, the Outer Rim and more. An alphabetical collection of planetary profiles details over 70 worlds, while the historical atlases chart the expansion of galactic exploration, conquest and conflict from the earliest campaigns of Xim the Despot, to the rise of Palpatine's Galactic Empire, to the brutal invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong to the latest conflict between Corellia and Coruscant. An expansive Appendix lists the galaxy's star systems with notes about sector and regional placement for easy reference.

Star Wars: The Essential Atlas is due out in June 2008 from Del Rey Books.


http://www.starwars.com/eu/lit/ref/news20071005.html
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Sweeeeeeeet. Definitely buying that.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Peregrinus on October 07, 2007, 01:10:48 PM
Yup. That is soooo bought. Been using the resources that have been available, and fixing them in many places, to come up with a design.doc for a sequel to the Star Wars: Rebellion game that I'm calling Star Wars: Empire. I was so dissatisfied with Rebellion's galactic layout and random resource allocation. A proper atlas is almost too much to hope for. When I heard about this from the Del Rey folks at Celebration IV, I almost wept for joy.

--Jonah
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: caisson2delta on October 07, 2007, 05:45:27 PM
Sounds pretty cool. Has there ever been an attempt to try something like this with Trek? It would be interesting to compile every bit of minutia from the series, movies, certain games, and any books considered cannon and really lay it out in the same sort of format; even having references to the Mirror Universe.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on October 07, 2007, 05:54:54 PM
I think the closest is the encyclopedia.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Peregrinus on October 07, 2007, 08:11:49 PM
Well, this is separate fromt eh Ultimate Visual Guide and the Complete Visual Dictionary. The closest analogue would be a much more in-depth Star Trek: Star Charts book.

--Jonah
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on October 07, 2007, 08:48:37 PM
Followup on this story:

These people have built a 21-foot flying rocket-powered replica of the X-Wing.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/star-wars/rocket+powered-21+foot-long-x+wing-model-actually-flies-305976.php

I predict that this ship will run into the ground in less then 12 parsecs.

Here's the actual launch, with predictable results:

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=ogYrvEEM0Ts&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Face%2Emu%2Enu%2F

And yet another X-Wing fighter is sacrificed because no one wants to tell Porkins that he's too heavy to fly.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Peregrinus on October 07, 2007, 10:32:12 PM
Someone needs to tell them to attach the wings more solidly.

--Jonah
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on October 08, 2007, 05:59:43 PM
Damn, it. I was hoping someone was gonna get injured.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: e of pi on October 08, 2007, 09:29:24 PM
My favortie part is in the last four seconds, where the little boy in the foreground realizes he's just seen a big model X-wing tear itself apart into a ball of rapidly decending debries, and starts jumping up and down and cheering. Everyone else is dissapointed and sad for the creators, and he's so! Totally! Psyched!
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: DarkShinobi on October 09, 2007, 07:38:29 AM
In case anyone's going to be in the Chicagoland area over the next few months, there's a Star Wars Exhibit (http://www.msichicago.org/temp_exhibit/starwars/index.html) at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It might be lame, but the museum is generally pretty good and is probably my favorite one downtown.  Plus they had a kickass videogame exhibit awhile back so I'm hoping this'll be as good.

DEFINATELY going!

 ;)

And I went this past Saturday!

It was good, but the people I was with thought it could have been better, and bigger.

I made note of some things that they didn't have, such as Han Solo's carbonite block and a mannequin with Darth Maul's costume...and more importantly, a display of Leia's Slave Outfit.

 ;D

I found myself amazed over the actually scale of various things. The Droidekas are HUGE...even the "skinny" battle droids first seen in Episode I looked BIG in person over what you see on screen.

They had some Wookie costumes from Episode III...again...HUGE and very TALL. Makes Chewbacca look like a "short" Wookie by comparison.

 ;)

What PISSED me off was that the exhibit for the Millennium Falcon Hyperspace simulator wasn't actually IN the main Star Wars Exhibit area, but outside in another area, and ergo, by the time we knew that, the "First Come, First Served" free passes to enter the thing was all out for that day.

 :P

If you are in the Chicago area (I'm looking at you, Kes  ;) ) or you plan on coming here for some reason, it's worth going to, but don't make a special trip for it.

 :D

I was actually AMAZED over the number of cars with out of state license plates (Arizona...New York...Texas to remember a few) that were in the parking lot.

And of course...if you are a collector like me, they had a bunch of stuff in the shop that I had to pull myself away from to keep from buying them. Thankfully, I already have a majority of the stuff they were pushing.  ;) I did get a few things though, like the die cast figure of Bail Organa's ship and a Jedi Fighter with the hyperdrive ring.

I did take pictures, but I haven't downloaded them into any album yet.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on October 10, 2007, 02:10:56 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing the pics when you get a chance to upload them.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: DarkShinobi on October 10, 2007, 07:03:42 AM
 It was enjoyable!

;D

Look here (http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=19h297dj.2xzlfpgf&x=1&y=lo6pig) for some pics!
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on October 22, 2007, 07:26:18 AM
This is pretty funny. Here's video of Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman reacting to hearing that the title of the second Star Wars prequel is 'Attack of the Clones':

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=iwL8wlBMflA
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on February 01, 2008, 08:23:35 AM
Padawan Ahsoka Joins the Star Wars Cast

January 29, 2008

In 2008, Star Wars: The Clone Wars expands the Star Wars universe with plenty of surprises. This week, Lucasfilm begins offering a glimpse at some of these surprises during the annual Toy Fair events around the world. As it unveiled many of its upcoming toys and collectibles, including those from the Clone Wars TV series, among the familiar characters like Obi-Wan, Anakin and Yoda is a mysterious new Padawan named Ahsoka Tano.

This young Togruta is eager to prove herself as a worthy Padawan to her bold Master, Anakin Skywalker. Able to wield a lightsaber and pilot a spacecraft with great talent, Ahsoka promises to become a worthy Jedi.

There is much more to learn about Ahsoka and the role she plays in the epic Clone Wars adventures and the Star Wars saga. Keep checking StarWars.com as more news comes to light about the series and this intriguing new Padawan.


http://www.starwars.com/theclonewars/news/news20080129.html

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While there's nothing in the films specifically prohibiting Anakin from having a Padawan during the Clone Wars (since he becomes a Jedi Knight after AotC at some point), you'd think the topic would have come up once or twice during RotS. Oh, by the way, Obi-Wan, remember that Padawan I had who is clearly dead now (well, I suppose she could have requested to train with someone else)? There are several novels that this will probably conflict with, but Lucas doesn't really care about that.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on February 01, 2008, 06:50:31 PM
Lucas has lost all touch with reality. He's pretty much in a "It's my hot universe, I do what I want!" mode.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on February 01, 2008, 09:10:27 PM
Lucas has lost all touch with reality. He's pretty much in a "It's my hot universe, I do what I want!" mode.

Considering the utter shit that the EU has become, he's welcome to make any gods damned changes he wants to. Especially if it involves wrecking the utter retardation that is anything written by Karen Traviss.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on February 01, 2008, 09:15:00 PM
As long as he doesn't touch the Zahn trilogy I'm fine. I haven't even read any of the NJO or other novels. Apparently it's just the prequel trilogy repeated, with Jacen standing in for Anakin. Why hasn't anyone in the Star Wars galaxy said "Hey man, this same family keeps fucking things up. Think there's a connection?"

Now, if they just made KotOR 3, all would be right in the SW Universe.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on February 01, 2008, 11:23:37 PM
As long as he doesn't touch the Zahn trilogy I'm fine. I haven't even read any of the NJO or other novels. Apparently it's just the prequel trilogy repeated, with Jacen standing in for Anakin. Why hasn't anyone in the Star Wars galaxy said "Hey man, this same family keeps fucking things up. Think there's a connection?"

Now, if they just made KotOR 3, all would be right in the SW Universe.

KotOR MMO probably = KotOR 3.

And that post NJO shit is nothing compared to the abominations Karen Traviss has pulled off. Apparently the entire Jedi council was plotting with Palpantine to make the Clone War, which was just a series of small skirmishes along the lines of the battle of Mogadishu, appear to be a massive Galactic conflict for some reason. And there were only 3 million Clone troopers ever, and Mandalorians are the Master Race.

And I'm honestly not using hyperbole here.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on February 02, 2008, 12:15:47 AM
That's fucking moronic. I'm really glad I checked out of the EU after Dark Empire and the Thrawn trilogy.

And a KotOR MMO sounds both awesome and awful. I'd love any new KotOR game, but I can't see them carrying the storyline into a MMO format. MMO's aren't exactly known for their storylines. Though the comic series is supposed to be good.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on February 03, 2008, 01:16:11 AM
That's fucking moronic. I'm really glad I checked out of the EU after Dark Empire and the Thrawn trilogy.

And a KotOR MMO sounds both awesome and awful. I'd love any new KotOR game, but I can't see them carrying the storyline into a MMO format. MMO's aren't exactly known for their storylines. Though the comic series is supposed to be good.

I'd rather see the third KoTOR game be like the first 2, but end it in a way that sets up an MMO. Like WCIII did for WoW.

And SWG should always have been set in the KoTOR or NJO timeline. The first and biggest mistake they made in making that game was setting it between episodes 4 and 5. Because no one wants to play as Jedi or Sith! Until you figure out that everyone wants to play a Jedi or Sith and then proceed to have a game set between episodes 4 and 5 with a shitload of Jedi running around.

Mind you, that's without getting into the just awfulness of the way SOE dealt with that game.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on February 25, 2008, 05:46:18 PM
I just saw about an hour ago a commercial of Vader's heavy breathing and "April 2008" as it moved further and further away from the camera and the spike TV logo. The writing was in Star Wars style script. Anyone know what is going on?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Admiral TVar on February 25, 2008, 05:50:16 PM
Spike is going to be showing the movies is all that is
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: DarkShinobi on March 19, 2008, 09:33:35 AM
This (http://www.gigglesugar.com/1125493) is funny.  ;D
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on March 20, 2008, 02:53:00 AM
^^^ That was great. ;D
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on March 20, 2008, 06:03:37 AM
This is pretty funny and cute as well:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=EBM854BTGL0
Title: Lucas sues Brit over 'Star Wars' outfits
Post by: White Wolf on April 08, 2008, 06:43:21 PM
 By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer
Tue Apr 8, 2:46 PM ET
 


LONDON - It's a storm in a Stormtrooper's helmet.

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Lawyers for George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd. and a British prop designer faced off in London's High Court Tuesday over rights to the molded white Stormtrooper uniforms from the "Star Wars" films.

Standing alongside the bewigged, black-robed lawyers in court was the object of their dispute — a 6-foot tall, helmeted warrior of the evil Galactic Empire. Lucasfilm attorney Michael Bloch called the menacing figure "one of the most iconic images in modern culture."

Lucasfilm claims violation of copyright and trademarks by prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, who sculpted the Stormtrooper helmets for the first "Star Wars" movie in 1977. London-based Ainsworth sells replicas of the helmets and armor, which he says are made from the original molds, on his Web site.

Lucasfilm won a $20 million judgment against Ainsworth in a California court in 2006, and is seeking to have it enforced in Britain.

Ainsworth is countersuing, claiming the copyright rests with him and seeking a share of merchandising revenue from the six "Star Wars" films, which his lawyers estimate at $24 billion.

Lucasfilm and its lawyers claim the design of the Stormtroopers was created by Lucas and his artistic team, and was already in place by the time Ainsworth was hired to create the helmets.

"The look to be created had been worked on by a large team of people for perhaps more than a year," Bloch said at the start of the 10-day hearing.

Any extra security the Stormtroopers might provide wasn't sitting well with Judge Anthony Mann, who cast a glance at the silent props standing beside him.

"Are they going to stay there for the entire trial?" he asked.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080408/ap_en_mo/britain_stormtrooper_battle


 Doesn't Luca own the rights to all things Star Wars?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on April 08, 2008, 08:25:17 PM
He probably does, but whatever. It's not like he's losing money over black market Stormtrooper outfits.

On a lighter note,New Star Wars Gangsta Rap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH8b5ruc_-E&eurl=http://www.aintitcool.com/node/36328).
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on April 08, 2008, 09:26:49 PM
Actually, he is losing money over it because the guy sells them without licensing it through Lucasfilm. Lucas gives permission for outside companies to produce his material under license quite a bit, but he expects to get a cut of the profits, as is his right. Just because he already has a lot of money doesn't make it right for someone to rip him off. He wouldn't have had all of that money had he not zealously guarded his licensing rights in the first place. Like his work or not, that has granted him the ability to be essentially the world's most powerful independent filmmaker and television producer.

As far as the case goes, I don't see how it could be any more clear-cut in Lucas' favor. There is concept art dating to well before 'A New Hope'  by Ralph McQuarrie (see below), based on Lucas' own rough notes about the design. While a warrior-class clad in all white is nothing new, using it on a "bad guy" and the armor design itself was fairly innovative. If anyone could make a counterclaim to owning the design, it would be McQuarrie, and he knows full well that as a production designer he is essentially a contractor working for the production company and has no right to the finished product even though he designed it. If McQuarrie understands this relationship just fine, why is it so difficult for some guy who just came in and made molds of the already existing design to understand?

If I write a screenplay and take it to Kinkos to have them make 100 bound and covered copies of it, does Kinkos own my screenplay now? Of course not, they're just performing a service, just as this guy was. He wasn't the creative force behind it or the original owner.

(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3577/sw0334mcgstormtrooperrejq9.th.jpg) (http://img89.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sw0334mcgstormtrooperrejq9.jpg)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on April 08, 2008, 11:27:58 PM
Still does it really matter? I mean, Star Wars is so huge and legendary even GL can't keep track of it all.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on April 09, 2008, 12:22:03 AM
Still does it really matter? I mean, Star Wars is so huge and legendary even GL can't keep track of it all.

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Just missed it.


Clearly George Lucas can keep track of it all, because he's suing the guy. A large part of the reason Star Wars became so large and legendary was precisely because of the money Lucas made off of the licensed merchandise.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on April 09, 2008, 09:10:05 AM
Ok ok. Stupid question. Point taken.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on April 21, 2008, 01:35:21 AM
These custom Star Wars figures are so cool:

Steampunk Star Wars (http://www.sillof.com/C-Steampunk-SW.htm)

Star Wars 1942 (http://www.sillof.com/C-Sw-1942.htm)

The Customizer's Own Reinvisioning of Star Wars (http://www.sillof.com/C-SW_Rev.htm)

Ralph MacQuarrie's Concept Art Version Of Star Wars (http://www.sillof.com/C-SW_mcq.htm)

There are also some great Star Wars (and other franchises) dioramas and props on there.

Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on April 21, 2008, 01:53:07 AM
The steampunk versions of Luke, Leia, and Han have a very Firefly feel to them.  Especially Han...he's working a definite Mal impression.  I also really like the Storm Trooper look.

They're all pretty cool.  I love the MacQuarrie's Concept Art figures though.  I've always thought a lot of those concepts were much cooler looking then what they finally ended up with.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on April 21, 2008, 02:00:50 AM
I didn't think about it at first glance, but you're right about the Firefly resemblance. Which makes sense given the world as presented in Firefly.

Yeah, I've always liked a lot of the McQuarrie concepts, though 3PO is a bit too reminiscent of his inspiration, Maria from 'Metropolis.'

This guy should talk to Lucas about using his customs as templates for mass produced figures. That would be awesome.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on April 21, 2008, 02:14:31 AM
His Venture Bros ones suck.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on April 21, 2008, 08:03:06 AM
Indeed. But the steampunk Star Wars is made of win.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on April 21, 2008, 08:21:17 AM
Jaw Drops  (http://www.sillof.com/Dioramas.htm)

Niiiiiiiicccceeeee. 8)  Straight from the movies.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on May 03, 2008, 02:12:18 PM
Okay, I've been having RotJ on in the back ground and it's gotten to Luke getting blasted by the emporer. After Luke says 'Father, please', does anyone else think he's saying 'daddy' and stretching out the word, as he writhes in pain? I've been thinking he's been saying this for years.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on May 04, 2008, 01:54:04 AM
Wow, you've hit the nail on the/your head again, GStone.

Also true was that as Palpatine was falling into the Death Star pit, he was actually saying "Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'll beeeeeeeeeeeeee baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnn aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa shiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttyyyyyy commmmmmmmmic serrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeees."

No, Luke's groaning as he was writhing in pain basically amounted to "aawwwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh." Ironically, it was the same sound Anakin made when he begged Padme for sex and she reluctantly gave in to stop his whining, which triggered a memory of his old self in Vader.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on May 04, 2008, 05:54:06 AM
Hey, Dark Empire wasn't that bad.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on May 04, 2008, 07:03:49 AM
It (and the fact that it sold so well) started the trend of villains and heroes who never die, superweapons that just get bigger and more ridiculous, Star Destroyers that just get bigger and more ridiculous (well, TESB started that - but this magnified it), the New Republic constantly getting invaded and nearly defeated instead of being allowed to form a stable government, Coruscant's surface being completely demolished and then rebuilt, and relying on old characters and enemies instead of moving the storyline forward.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on May 04, 2008, 07:09:50 AM
Yeah, but it did it alright, as opposed to what happened after (don't get me started on how retarded the storyling has no become). Don't get me wrong, in no way should Dark Empire be considered the sequel trilogy, as that honor belongs only to the Thrawn books. It's just not that bad. It shouldn't be blamed for starting moronic trends, the people who kept such trends going should.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on May 04, 2008, 07:14:15 AM
It still sounds like he's saying Daddy. Then, he groans and writhes in pain. Where I'm saying it happens is in the shot just after it switches to the view of Palp and Vader, where it goes back on Luke getting hit with the lightning on the ground and before Palp says Luke will die.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on May 04, 2008, 08:26:04 AM
Besides the fact that nothing he said or groaned (and I can recite the entire Death Star fight word for word without looking it up) sounded like "daddy," just think about it logically for a minute. He never called him anything other than "father," and he's too old, has too unfamiliar and awkward a relationship with Vader, and is in an inappropriate situation to say "daddy." It would be completely out of place and weird to have him say daddy in that situation from a script standpoint as well.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on May 04, 2008, 08:41:20 AM
Not to mention embarrassing.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on May 04, 2008, 09:15:10 AM
Besides the fact that nothing he said or groaned (and I can recite the entire Death Star fight word for word without looking it up) sounded like "daddy," just think about it logically for a minute. He never called him anything other than "father," and he's too old, has too unfamiliar and awkward a relationship with Vader, and is in an inappropriate situation to say "daddy." It would be completely out of place and weird to have him say daddy in that situation from a script standpoint as well.

I know, but it sounds like he says daddy.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on May 04, 2008, 09:27:48 AM
But it doesn't matter, except as an "Oh, that's weird."
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Cat-Nadian on May 04, 2008, 08:56:58 PM
In all the Star Wars books,how many are not centered around the Skywalker/Solo family?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: DarkShinobi on May 06, 2008, 08:49:38 PM
Mostly the stories from "Tales of the Jedi" and stuff like that.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on May 19, 2008, 07:25:51 AM
Star Wars Vs. Saul Bass (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z25t-PQDn5A)

I actually like these more than the original opening credits.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on May 19, 2008, 08:55:24 AM
Yeah, I saw that a while back. It's great. Did you see the Special Edition version?

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=2yoIEWpl9oc&feature=related
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on November 19, 2008, 02:47:37 AM
Did anyone catch 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars II' the other night? It was pretty good, more so because they only reused one clip from an earlier episode whereas the first one had a bunch of reused stuff.

You can watch it here if you missed it:
http://www.surfthechannel.com/episode/274/142875.html
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: DarkShinobi on November 19, 2008, 08:46:44 AM
I saw it.

I think it was Sunday night and it was late...but I happened to come across it.

The scene at the Bespin Reactor Tunnel was my favorite...after having flashbacks (flashforwards?) Luke wants a Daddy and tries to come across to Vader but FALLS!!!

 :D
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on November 19, 2008, 10:24:43 AM
I loved Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar having dinner:

Mothma: "I'll try the calamari."

Ackbar: "Well, I guess I'll have the insensitive bitch then, with a side of f*ck you!"


The uncomfortable Cloud City Vader / Boba Fett / Han / Leia / Chewie dinner was great too. And Boba Fett blowing away all the Ewoks.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: BlackWidow on November 20, 2008, 04:00:22 PM
I just saw this thread!!!...LOL!!!...

(*^o^*)

Yes the dinner scene was funny because I imagined that would have probably been the way Vader would have acted if a teenaged Leia brought home her boyfriend Han to 'meet the family' in an 'Infinites' storyline.

(^_~)

Speaking of 'family' I am looking forward to seeing the 'Family Guy' take on 'Empire Strikes Back' when it comes out.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: slash78 on December 19, 2008, 01:08:13 AM
Yeah, but it did it alright, as opposed to what happened after (don't get me started on how retarded the storyling has no become). Don't get me wrong, in no way should Dark Empire be considered the sequel trilogy, as that honor belongs only to the Thrawn books. It's just not that bad. It shouldn't be blamed for starting moronic trends, the people who kept such trends going should.

No, that definately goes to Kevin J. Anderson.  With double helpings from... Barbara Hambly, Vonda McIntyre, Dave Wolverton.  This can be collectively know as "The Dark Times after the Empire."  Michael P. Kube-McDowell, Kristine Rusch and Kathy Tyers were neither harmful (as the damage had been done), but didn't really help the story-line get back on track. 

Too bad just as things go back on track they had to destroy the Galaxy in the NJO series.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: GStone on June 05, 2009, 10:15:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVrIyEu6h_E

This is as good a place as any. Remember, use the Farm. Search your peelings.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on June 09, 2009, 05:16:39 PM
Han Solo, P.I. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYntjR4-pY4)

Magnum v. Solo, sequence comparison (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEigvdbzia8)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: caisson2delta on June 09, 2009, 05:22:28 PM
Han Solo, P.I. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYntjR4-pY4)

Magnum v. Solo, sequence comparison (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEigvdbzia8)
Those were awesome. The only thing missing was R2 D2 and C 3PO as Zeus and Apollo. Could've also thrown Vader in as Ice Pick.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on September 16, 2009, 09:30:06 AM
Stormtroopers 9/11 (http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1920957)

Enjoy.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on November 21, 2009, 12:22:05 PM
I don't know how many of you have been keeping up with 'Clone Wars,' but the Geonosian arc of the past three episodes has been quite good, with the first episode's ('Landing at Point Rain') action seriously rivaling that of the end of 'AotC.'

Last night's episode was essentially 'Aliens' meets the Borg meets Ceti Eels meets zombies in the form of dead (and thus virtually unstoppable) Geonosians being controlled by the previously unseen Queen's hive mind and her wormlike brain-inhabiting offspring deep in the catacombs of the planet. 
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on November 21, 2009, 06:21:40 PM
Yea, i have. Just need to see the other 2 of that arc.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: White Wolf on February 17, 2010, 11:02:45 PM
This is awesome.

 http://www.starwars.com/video/view/000953.html



Those stardestroyers are fucking huge. Starships too.

Crap, broken link.  Well put it in the URL Box over head.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on May 30, 2010, 12:40:26 PM
 Star Wars Cosplay Fail (http://nedhardy.com/2010/04/15/star-wars-cosplay-fail/#more-1150)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on May 31, 2010, 06:56:11 PM
Most of those are awesome. Leisure suits Boba and Vader win forever.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on June 28, 2010, 01:28:35 AM
Pretty neat AT-AT video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CVYOCMpJRY&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on July 08, 2010, 03:47:49 PM
This was pretty funny.
http://jalopnik.com/5582519/yoda-recording-his-tomtom-gps-voice-this-is
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Bond, James Bond on August 10, 2010, 09:37:07 AM
Blackstar Warrior - A Blaxploitation version of Empire told from the perspective of the baddest muthafucka in a galaxy far, far away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NATeU-r0GDU&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on August 13, 2010, 02:44:18 PM
Yoda scene from The Force Unleashed II: http://g4tv.com/videos/48036/star-wars-the-force-unleashed-ii-yoda-trailer/
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on August 16, 2010, 09:18:40 AM
A never before scene from Return of the Jedi, in which Darth Vader tempts Luke Skywalker  to join the dark side, paired with footage of Luke constructing/activating his green lightsaber and officially becoming a Jedi Knight.
http://tv.gawker.com/5612987/watch-luke-skywalker-become-a-jedi-knight-in-this-deleted-star-wars-scene
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Fiery Little One on August 16, 2010, 09:23:38 PM
... And they left that on the cutting room floor because...?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on August 17, 2010, 06:55:51 AM
'Cause it doesn't flow with the movie. It's much more interesting to introduce Luke as a mysterious figure entering Jabba's palace.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Rusty on August 18, 2010, 12:38:04 AM
Agreed. I think it is a better reveal that way.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on August 18, 2010, 05:37:43 PM
Apparently the scene with Luke in the cave, isn't Hamill....at least not entirely.  Hamill claims there were some post production shenanigans in the creation of the cave scene.
http://furiousfanboys.com/2010/08/mark-hamill-says-he-wasnt-in-the-deleted-lightsaber-scene/
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on September 30, 2010, 11:09:59 AM
The Star Wars Saga is Coming in 3D!

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Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that the live-action "Star Wars" saga will be converted to 3D.

"There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the 'Star Wars Saga' has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive," said the statement.

Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the "cutting edge conversion" will be supervised by Industrial Light & Magic.

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined.

"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. "It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience."

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=70221#ixzz10u4naeAT

I have no interest in seeing any of the Star Wars films in theater at this point and even less interest in seeing them in 3-d, but I guess to others, this might be awesome.  I will say though, it's amusing, or maybe just sad and pathetic...to see Lucas jump on the 3-d bandwagon and want to re-release the films again.  No doubt they'll make a gazillion dollars, but really, how many times is he going to release the original trilogy.  Let it go man.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Admiral TVar on September 30, 2010, 11:50:12 AM
just wait he will "remake" them all with new actors actresses so he can take advantage of all the new fangled technology.  my only hope is if he does "remake" them he fixes the horrid mistakes of 1-3 such as banning himself from writing the dialogue.  and have Anikin/Darth Vader kill Jar-Jar at the end of III  :P
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on October 23, 2010, 02:03:55 PM
Rumors are growing again about the fabled third trilogy.
http://io9.com/5671581/george-lucas-reported-creating-new-star-wars-sequel-trilogy-thats-not-about-the-skywalkers
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Broken Subspace Scene on October 23, 2010, 02:37:28 PM
I'm skeptical, but you never know.  If it does happen, and this is a terrible thing to say in a way, but I hope Lucas is pretty much as far away as possible from the whole thing.  Bring in a good, versatile, and proven creative who can be entrusted with the franchise.

Also, enough with the 100+/1000 years in the future stuff.  Just do the damn Thrawn Trilogy or something.  You know if they set it in the future it will just be a retread of the same things anyway, so why not set it in roughly the same era, with the familiar backdrop that everyone loves?  I guess the main problem with the immediate post ROTJ-era is that they'll want a bunch of Jedi running around to use as main characters, which wouldn't really be possible in that timeframe. 

Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Daft Punk on October 23, 2010, 06:11:56 PM
(http://www.gobblin.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/darth_vader_noooo1.jpg)
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on January 15, 2011, 05:27:08 PM
I'm sure this Planetary Map of the entire Star Wars Universe (http://io9.com/5734439/a-planetary-map-of-the-entire-star-wars-universe) will interest someone here.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Greg on January 15, 2011, 05:32:41 PM
I'm sure this Planetary Map of the entire Star Wars Universe (http://io9.com/5734439/a-planetary-map-of-the-entire-star-wars-universe) will interest someone here.

Damn your eyes, sir! Now I'll spend hours pouring over that just because I'm weird like that with maps  :'(

I wonder how well it compares to the maps that were at the front of all the NJO books.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on May 11, 2011, 11:55:44 AM
A funny Obi-Wan is Dead parody of the NYT covering Osama's death.
http://www.galacticempiretimes.com/2011/05/09/galaxy/outer-rim/obi-wan-kenobi-is-killed.html
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: evilsmileyface12 on May 14, 2011, 08:20:29 PM
any one else seen this?

http://www.starwars.com/games/playnow/crawl_creator/
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on August 31, 2011, 03:35:10 AM
Read about some of the rumored changes in store for the new Blu-Ray sets. NNNNNOOOOOO!
http://io9.com/5835951/darth-vader-will-lose-a-little-more-of-his-dignity-in-star-wars-original-trilogy-blu+rays-listen-for-yourself
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Razor on September 01, 2011, 06:06:02 PM
Im not too sure what to make of the "Nooooo" well let me rephrase that the first no isn't too bad but the second no is annoying.  While not necessary the ewok blinking is barely noticable so I dont see the problem with that.  Im happy with my DVD's so I wont be picking this up anyway.

Edit: They also altered Jabba's palace again?  They made his door bigger....Whaaaa?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Fiery Little One on September 01, 2011, 06:13:18 PM
Yeah, my interest in new updates stopped with the... 2004(?) box set.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on October 30, 2012, 03:17:07 PM
Disney has bought LucasFilm and will make new Star Wars films, starting with Episode VII in 2015, followed by episodes VII and IX!!
http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/30/the-walt-disney-company-acquires-lucasfilm-star-wars-episode-vii-set-for-2015
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Fiery Little One on October 30, 2012, 04:08:53 PM
Could go either way at this point.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: The Unbound on November 05, 2012, 10:34:13 AM
Disney has bought LucasFilm and will make new Star Wars films, starting with Episode VII in 2015, followed by episodes VII and IX!!
http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/30/the-walt-disney-company-acquires-lucasfilm-star-wars-episode-vii-set-for-2015

I can honestly say I never expected to read any of the words in that sentence.

But I suppose it was inevitable. Somehow.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on November 29, 2012, 12:09:19 AM
So it looks like Michael Arndt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Arndt) has written the screenplay for episode seven.  He wrote Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, and is signed to write the Hunger Games sequel.
Sort of a weird pick, buy I guess they could do worse.  No official word on the director yet.

Episodes VIII & 9 will be written and produced by Lawrence Kasden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Episode_VII#Episode_VII) who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on January 16, 2013, 08:15:06 PM
Over on TrekWeb, they were throwing around the idea of Ron Moore taking on the new Star Wars movies.  Good or bad, I got a chuckle out of this idea simply because it would be an interesting reversal of those Star Trek fans that argue Abrams is making Star Trek, too much like Star Wars.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on January 24, 2013, 09:13:15 PM
So it looks like Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars film after all.  Star Trek and Star Wars by the same man?  Have we entered some sort of bizarre alternate reality?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Fiery Little One on January 24, 2013, 10:19:39 PM
I just sat here for a good 5-10 seconds after reading that statement. Felt like something in my brain was going to pop.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: TNC on January 24, 2013, 10:39:51 PM
Now all we got to do is get him to direct Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and Babylon 5 projects and we'll have a sci-fi monopoly going on...
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on January 25, 2013, 01:11:56 AM
What's interesting I think is that SW is in a different position than Trek was when he took over.  Even though the prequels were garbage, they were still insanely financially successful.  This wasn't the case with Nemesis, which completely bombed right along with being a terrible film on nearly every level.  Trek had no where to go but up.  SW isn't as...lucky?...that's probably not the right sentiment.

Either way, Abrams may find that even if he makes a good movie, or even one that's just more fun and enjoyable than the prequels, it could fails to pull in the money that the previous films have.  Realistically, he has a mark to hit because Disney is looking to make their money back.

While I don't think he's a bad choice, I would have liked to have seen them go for someone that could have done something truly unique.

You have to give him some credit though.  Either he has the thickest skin of any human alive or he's so well insulated from public opinion that it doesn't effect him.  He's about to have the two largest genre/pop culture franchises ever created under his control and all their rabid fans scrutinizing every move he makes.  I'm not sure I'd want to be in that position.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Razor on January 26, 2013, 10:00:49 PM
As long as we get a quality script and director for Star Trek 3...er 13 I have no real problem with this and look forward to his take on Episode VII.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on February 02, 2013, 09:40:51 AM
A Star Wars trailer, for the OG trilogy, done Abrams style.  Complete with lens flare.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgiJxHjN2k8&feature=player_embedded#!

Watching that trailer I get really excited for what's being shown.  But then I remember I've seen those films and they don't fill me with that same level of excitement when I watch them now.  It's a strange disconnect.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on February 06, 2013, 09:14:02 AM
Ready for even more Star Wars films.  Great!  Because you're getting them whether you want them or not.
Apparently individual character films, will accompany the next trilogy, sort of like the Wolverine films...or maybe more like the standalone Marvel films that worked up to the Avengers.  Either way,
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Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg are indeed working on new Star Wars movies that will stand apart from the trilogy J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt are kicking off with Episode VII. Here's how Iger explains Kasdan and Kinberg's brief:

    [They're] working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VIII and IX roughly over a six year period of time starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too.

http://io9.com/5981968/the-next-big-piece-of-disneys-star-wars-masterplan-is-confirmed-plus-the-amazing-spider+man-2-starts-filming

So what characters would you want to see get films.  I think Yoda, Han, and Lando are likely to be among the most popular choices.  Though this would also be a great opportunity to bring lesser known characters to the forefront as well.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on February 08, 2013, 03:37:33 PM
Mace fucking Windu.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on February 08, 2013, 05:05:28 PM
I'm tired of this mother fucking Sarlacc Pit, in this mother fucking desert.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Flagg on February 09, 2013, 01:30:50 AM
The thing is, I think you'd be able to get Tarrantino to direct. I mean it would have to be written by someone else and be a PG-13 affair, but it could be great. Maybe have a 1 armed Windu have survived the fight with Palpantine and ends up fighting Vader during the later stages of the purge.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Jimi James on August 30, 2013, 10:54:34 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBzRmWeC6Ds
So, this is almost a year old but I just came across it the other day and I've watched it several times.  It's hilarious.

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It's the Star Wars Trilogy like you've never heard it before! Join voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen as they re-create the magic of the Star Wars films, albeit in their own special way! You never know what you'll hear when this cast gets together.

Rather than recreating the actors that played the original parts, they switch up scenes and do impressions (Shatner, Johnny Carson, Christopher Walken) or characters they've voiced in other shows (like Futurama and Animaniacs) to fill in the roles of each SW character. 
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Razor on August 27, 2017, 03:06:56 AM
Some Last Jedi news that I thought was worthy of discussion.

http://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-last-jedi/star-wars-last-jedi-introduces-new-first-order-vehicles/

The new AT-AT is interesting though I dont particularly see how that design would work any better than the old school AT-AT's.  The new SSD is a resounding Meh.  I really liked the Finalizer from TFA but this is just really kind of boring.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Xero on August 27, 2017, 02:23:44 PM
That ATAT thing looks like a Cylon...

Does it have the same massive design flaw of the original?
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Fiery Little One on August 27, 2017, 02:51:49 PM
I've been puzzled by the forward limbs for a while, but I've seen some speculation that some of it may have to do with the cannon on its back.
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Razor on August 30, 2017, 12:25:33 AM
Still looks like you could trip it up. 
Title: Re: General Star Wars Discussion Thread
Post by: Fiery Little One on August 30, 2017, 02:10:15 AM
It might be more difficult, but it is still possible.