Monday, October 15, 2007

A very small bit of good news

George Lucas is reportedly looking for other people to write his next Star Wars endeavor.

Whew! Good!!

Maybe now we'll be spared such deathless prose as —
Padmé: Anakin, all I want is your love.
Anakin Skywalker: Love won't save you, Padme! Only my new powers can do that!
Padmé: At what cost? You're a good person; don't do this!
And, try as you might, who could forget:
Padmé: Hold me, like you did by the lake on Naboo; so long ago when there was nothing but our love. No politics, no plotting, no war.

26 comments:

Julie said...

And here I have been thinking all this time that Hayden Christensen just couldn't act. Now, as you point out... he may have been doing a stellar job. It would take a very good actor to do those scenes poorly! :o)

Fred Butler said...

Ahh, that's nothing. What about,

Uncle Owen Luke, take these two over to the garage, will you. I want you to have both of them cleaned up before dinner.

Luke But I was going into Toshi Station to pick up some power converters...

OwenYou can waste time with your friends when your chores are done.

No one could have delivered that Toshi Station line with that crackling Peter Brady voice any better than Mark Hamil.

Fred

CA RN to Honduras Missionary said...

You know - Star Wars is my favorite of all times movie. It's creative, original, unique, awesome! I REALLY tried to hold on to the feeling with the new movies...but...I just couldn't. I REALLY tried to stay true, but was so terribly disappointed...glad to know the "whole" story, but it certainly could have been better written. And where the HECK did he find Anakin as a young child? Who is that terrible actor? Sigh...let's hope there is better to come.

DJP said...

Agreed. My Josiah would have been infinitely better... and he was FOUR or something.

Dave said...

Making fun of Star Wars?

[Tearful Padme] "Danikin, you're BREAKING my HEART!" [/tearful Padme]

DJP said...

LOL!!

DJP said...

You know, you've got to feel for Natalie Portman. She's got some skills, but... ay yi yi.

The only person (besides Yoda) who seemed to be having any fun was Ewan McGregor. He took his role and had a blast with it.

But that's it.

Sewing said...

The fact that the original Star Wars movie(s) had Sir Alec Guiness in them says it all. No Guiness, no good. Ipso facto. Q.E.D.

Lee Shelton said...

Let's hope that Lucas doesn't go the reality show route in the decision-making process. I can see it now: Who Wants to Write the Next Star Wars? Thursday nights at 9, only on Fox!

DJP said...

Lee, what a scary thought.

Sewing, true enough; but I do think that, when there's even an prayer of overcoming Lucas' writing, McGregor is an awfully good pre-Sir-Alec. He even adapted his accent and manner of speaking to anticipate Sir Alec. I think he's the best part of the first three. Well, that and the eye candy. (Hey! I'm a guy! Flying ships and big explosions and such -- cool.)

CraigS said...

"Governor Tarkin, I should've expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board."

BugBlaster said...

Fred, I press the mute button when that line comes up. I don't want the grinding to damage my dental work.

Dan, I've always aspired to write like George. But now I'm going to rethink my life.

Kristine said...

Good News.

Nothing will ever beat the moment in my little life, than when I took my then-four yr. old son to the video rental store; and as I was looking for something to watch, he looked behind him and saw the two Star Wars trilogies, placed side-by-side. To which he said, very matter-of-factly, while pointing to the cover of the original trilogy:

"Mommy, they have the GOOD ones! Look, Mommy, Look!"

A gentleman standing nearby chuckled approvingly.

-Proud Momma

David said...

My best friend and I wrote a script for a Star Wars sequel back in, oh, '78, when we were 11. I'll see if we can dig it up and send it in.

Of course, when I say "back in '78" it sounds like a different century or something. Can't possibly be, can it?

Sewing said...

Clearly, Kristine is raising her son right!

LeeC said...

When we went to see EP II in the theaters there was some glitch that messed up the sound on some scenes.

When it came out on DVD we rented it to see the whole thing (Since the theater said "Tough" about the audio on their digital version) we could not even sit through the whole thing to watch it.

Bad acting, lines, and general story aside for the thing it the worldview.
For years I talked about how I believed (and still do) that a large part of SW popularity was that he stuck to the classic good little guy overcoming the massive Empire. Especially since it was made in the middle of the big "Anti-hero" craze.

Well now everything is geared to showing how it's all relative, relate to the bad guys, make the bad guys the real heroes. hey go to a party shop and see if you can find Star Wars party favors showing any of the GOOD characters?

Even if the story was good, it would be depressing. To be honest I still haven't been able to bring myself to even try to watch EP III.

Joseph Campbell ate his brain....

On the other hand I have been having a blast buying the 12" SW figures from the origianl trilogy for my kids off of EBAY. I got tired of hating all the boys toys out there and decided to go to Ebay to get some good old fashoioned sturdy stuff from my childhood.

LeeC said...

"Bad acting, lines, and general story aside for the thing it the worldview."

That should say the thing for me is the worldview he is pushing so hard.

Sewing said...

Don't mention the name "Joseph Campbell," please. That guy was largely responsible for destroying my weak faith years ago. (On the other hand, being challenged on all of my assumptions turned out to be a good thing in the long run.)

LeeC said...

Sorry brother.
SW is to Joseph Cambell what "Battlefield Earth" is to Scientology. In particular the last three.

Jim Crigler said...

There was one bit of brilliance (relatively speaking) in Episode 3: (roughly quoted) "This is how democracy ends: To thundrous applause."

Libbie said...

Hmm. I've got a bad feeling about this...

Carl said...

Sorry, for me, Lucas killed the Star Wars franchise so thoroughly that it's past "mostly dead" ("Princess Bride" reference) and is to the point that only divine intervention could resurrect it.

Brad Williams said...

Look, I'm going to break it down for everyone. The secret to the success of Star Wars is very, very simple: Light sabers and telekinesis.

I mean, seriously, can you imagine the benefit of the Vader telekinetic death grip delivered with his line, "I find your lack of faith disturbing."

And light sabers! No boy would live beyond 18, but what a way to go!

Stefan said...

Somehow, Brad's last line reminds me of the zapping of Aaron's sons for their unauthorized fire (Lev. 10:1-2)....

Carl said...

Any truth to the rumor that Quentin Tarrantino may be in charge of the next Star Wars trilogy? Remember, Lucas originally promised NINE movies to make it complete.

Okay, I'm joking about Tarrantino.

DJP said...

Wellnow, that would certainly make for a very different Star Wars.