Last week was Star Wars Celebration V, and even aside from great costume pics, and great announcements, we're still getting exciting stuff from it. George Lucas, for example, announced his pick for the 2010 Fan Movie contest. We've posted it below.
Star Wars Celebration V
If you think one of those things is not like the other, you're about to be sorely disappointed. This weekend Orlando, Florida is host to the Star Wars Celebration V (we guess it's the Empire Strikes Back themed one?), and the con has already been the source of news that will be debated for a while among fans. Some of the news was a much more expected surprise, as yesterday when George Lucas announced that both Star Wars trilogies will be coming to Blu-Ray within the next year, and showed a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. More info, including video, below.
Estranged member of the original group that put Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back together, producer Gary Kurtz has some strong but ultimately unsurprising words for The LA Times, regarding George Lucas and the creative motivations behind the later Star Wars movies.
Instead of bittersweet and poignant [Lucas] wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.
Well, we can't say that we don't prefer Han alive at the end of the trilogy, but gee, George Lucas makes bad writing decisions for the wrong reasons?
We are shocked.