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Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Fun and games in Lucasland
Oh, that wacky George Lucas! He's so bumbling and senile! I love how he's spent the last four years angering fans and destroying the most beloved film franchise ever! Oh, what will that delightful rapscallion do next?
The last few days have presented two bleak reports from the Lucas camp. First off, he rejected a script for Indiana Jones IV, delaying the project yet again and maybe derailing it for good. Is another sequel to the franchise really necessary? No. Is Harrison Ford too old to don the fedora again? Uh...no. Clint Eastwood is still making action movies and he's well into his 70s. Do I want to see another Indiana Jones movie, no matter how bad it will probably be? Yes, absolutely.
According to Variety, both Ford and Steven Spielberg were happy with the script and eager to begin shooting the film later this year. Lucas? Reject a script? This is the man who's never met a line he didn't like. Ugggh.
A DVD set for the Star Wars trilogy, possibly the most eagerly anticipated release in the history of DVDs, is set for release on September 21st. Which version of the classic trilogy will be released? In a decision that will no doubt infuriate fans and lower sales, Lucas has stubbornly insisted that only the special editions will be released in the format. Last year, Spielberg released two versions of ET side-by-side, delighting everyone and further fattening the pocketbooks of Amblin and Universal.
Is this a ploy to con fans into shelling out more $ for a future set untarnished by Lucas' meddling? Nope. He's all but disowned the original cuts and has stated, on record, he will never release them on DVD. So those of us that would rather not listen to Luke's girlie scream as he plunges into the depths of Bespin will have to stick with VHS.
On a brighter note, there are rumors that Tom Stoppard had a hand in revising the shooting script for Episode 3. Does Lucas have one last decent Star Wars film in him? Has he finally come to his senses and listened to the pleas of fans and the condemnation of film critics?
But probably not.