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George Lucas Goes After Fan Sites

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the its-just-no-fun-any-more dept.

Star Wars Prequels 168

Arkoth writes: "Sci-fi Newswire posted that Lucasfilm has ordered two fansites to pull authentic- looking storyboards off their sites. What used to be a fun game of bringing in rumors and secret images is now starting to become more serious when Lucasfilm ordered two Web sites, NaboOnline and Aldera.net, to pull two storyboards that looked authentic from their Web sites. Looks like George is getting out the big lightsaber and slashing leaks from his movie, which is 23 months from release."

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Re:MODERATE UP! (1)

Signal 11 (7608) | more than 13 years ago | (#744450)

The first funny comment by Signal 11 in quite a while...

You can tell because it's marked -1, offtopic.

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Oh Jesus here it comes. (2)

marlowe23 (54624) | more than 13 years ago | (#744465)

I don't even need to read the comments. I know what they'll say already. Blah blah blah George Lucas greedy bastard. Blah blah blah worse than Hitler. Blah blah blah make me buy all the merchandise. Blah blah blah just in it for the fucking money. Blah blah blah Episode 1 sucked, face it people, deal with it. Blah blah blah kill Jar Jar. Blah blah blah more Jar Jar jokes. Blah blah blah I hated this movie. Blah blah blah it sucked rancid donkey balls. Blah blah blah George Lucas should be shot, stabbed, gutted, and hanged for making Star Wars. Blah blah blah when is it coming out on DVD. Blah blah blah is this really News for Nerds, is this really stuff that matters, grits, goat sex, yadadah, yadadah, yadadah.

Just disable the comments and run a fucking script. It all comes out the same.

Understandable, but the method is annoying (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#744466)

It's understandable that they would want leaked storyboard images off the net since it is there property and all. What bother's me is the jump-down-your-throat 'request' (DEMAND) that it be removed. The approach they're taking only makes Lucas look like a greedy bastard.

Can you blame him? (1)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 13 years ago | (#744467)

If I were bringing my vision to life, I would not want to have it ruined by some unauthorized sites on the web. This is his baby, he can run the show any way he wants it....

Bryan R.

Lucas needs to get a grip (5)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 13 years ago | (#744468)

The reason he's doing this is probably because his new merchandising juggernaut, Episode II, won't live up to all the expectations and hopes churned up by the fan rumor mill. Just like Episode I. He wants to keep our expectations down to reasonable levels. The question is.. why won't it live up to our expectations?

Think about it. Lucas had a great idea; take a classic fantasy plot, and stick it in a high-technology world. Once he saw the green rolling in, though, any thought of "art" went out the window, and became "How can I change this to make more money?" The result? Compare the Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi and Episode I.

ESB is not cute. Look at some of the scenes in that movie. We have the Imperial AT-AT walkers. We have the asteroid scene. We have the escape-from-the-big-space-slug scene. The introduction of the Super Star-Destroyer, holograms, Vader becoming even MORE evil, brilliant light-saber battles.. I could go on and on, but I already have.

Then we have Return of the Jedi. Yes, there were some very cool scenes, but... Endor was originally supposed to be populated by Wookies like Chewbacca. Lucas, being a man of some intelligence, realized that something cute and fluffy would sell better, so he cut 'em in half and called them Ewoks. The result? A sequence of bizarre, Jar-Jaresque scenes of teddy bears overrunning trained Imperial troops in full body armor. Ok.

If I had a point in this rant, it's that Lucas has completely lost sight of the Star Wars "concept". Midichlorians, Jar-Jar's cartoonish escapes from tight jams... This is a live-action cartoon. I want the REAL Star Wars back.

Spoiler! (1)

Bilestoad (60385) | more than 13 years ago | (#744469)

Well, it would REALLY spoil the surprise (and maybe even stop people seeing the film) if it was known that in part 2, Jar-Jar goes into Jedi training.

"Meesa no try! Meesa do!"

I agree (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 13 years ago | (#744470)

when someone asked him about another scifi movie he replied "it didn't make much money". Why do you think he won't put phantom menace on dvd? After all 3 movies he can make a special over priced box set and charge more. Personally I can't wait for the lord of the rings trilogy coming in december 2001.

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (2)

Bilestoad (60385) | more than 13 years ago | (#744471)

One other thing about George Lucas... everyone loves to say how rich he is, but Andrew Lloyd Webber makes him look like a beggar.

other news.. (3)

Signal 11 (7608) | more than 13 years ago | (#744483)

In other, unrelated news, several mothers have reported candy being stolen from their babies near the filming location of the latest Star Wars movie. George Lucas was unavailable for comment at the time of this release.

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necessary. (1)

Bad_CRC (137146) | more than 13 years ago | (#744486)

I've seen people giving lucas crap because they thought they were genuine. he had to do it.

________

In George Lucas' command room (4)

Hairy_Potter (219096) | more than 13 years ago | (#744490)

Lackey: Bad news, Darth Lucas, the url's of the fan sites were not on the Princess.

Darth Lucas: And you've searched her thoroughly? What about the webmaster?

L: I'm afraid he died before we could ask him.

Darth Lucas makes a grasping movement with his hands.

L:: Acckkkkkkk

DL: Lackey number 2 you are in command. Play a course to the Princess' homepage site.

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (1)

hawkbug (94280) | more than 13 years ago | (#744491)

I agree man, Episode I was annoying as hell. He made it so little kids would understand it, which was how old I was when I was originally watching the first trilogy, so I can't complain about that really. BUT, that computer-based-pain-in-the-ass alien makes me not want to see the next one... Not to mention, I have a DVD player, and would love to buy all the star wars movies, except episode I, on DVD before I'm 50.

Re:SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (3)

Mad Hughagi (193374) | more than 13 years ago | (#744492)

The real sad thing about the whole situation is that the majority of people who invest their time with reading and/or making these sites are more than likely the most hardcore portion of his fan base. The general public isn't looking around to try to find out what is going to happen in the movie, so it shouldn't really be a big problem.

Storyboards are his works (3)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 13 years ago | (#744493)

If you were a painter and you spent months creating a painting, how would you feel if someone snuck into your studio, made a copy of the painting, then showed it to everyone?

Your strokes might be better than those of the copy, your colors might be a bit richer and brighter, but the value of your painting would be diminished by the fact that its novelty value had already been compromised.

What is the value of a book, when someone puts out the last three pages of an as yet unpublished novel? Though everyone may not go and visit the site to see the ending, the cat is already out of the bag and word of mouth will do its work.

The point is that the comments on Slashdot about Lucas being rich and greedy are beside the point. He may be rich and greedy, but he also has a right to protect his intellectual work. You can't Open Source everything, and even if you could, there are some people who want to maintain control over their artistic and intellectual property, which is THEIR CHOICE.

Re:The Fan as The Enemy (2)

marlowe23 (54624) | more than 13 years ago | (#744494)

I would say it's just backlash for the years that fans have treated people like Lucas as the enemy. Fans are the most ungrateful, vicious, backbiting, critical, unforgiving people in the world, and will not hesitate to turn their never-ending venom on the entertainers they supposedly enjoy. The Internet makes this especially easy. You only have to read the rest of the comments in this forum to know this is true.

Put our money where our collective mouths are (5)

PDHoss (141657) | more than 13 years ago | (#744495)

We bitch about Lucas and all the CGI. We bitch about Lucas and his greed. We bitch about Lucas because he has a monopoly on desktop operation systems (er... got carried away there).

But how many of us are willing to back up our bitching? My nickel says the overwhelming majority of the readers here will rant and rave and complain and moderate and make jokes about Jar Jar, and then will jump down off the soapbox and fork over the $7.50 to see Episode II anyway. Or we'll call ourselves nonconformists, skip the movies, and later rent it (just to see how bad it is, wink wink).

Is this flamebait? I guess. But I think it's important that as we all get our panties in a bunch in our forum about this thing or that thing, we admit that rhetoric without action is of limited impact to Lucas, Microsoft, Congress, Metallica, etc.

PDHoss


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Re:Empire Nazi? (1)

marlowe23 (54624) | more than 13 years ago | (#744496)

When the original trilogy came out, the technological capacity to upload the entire script and / or storyboards to the World Wide Web didn't exist. If someone did get a hold of such materials, they might publish in some tiny fanzine, enough to reach a couple hundred or maybe a thousand people. Not millions. Nuff said.

Re:Lucas needs to get a grip (2)

zentex (176409) | more than 13 years ago | (#744497)

my smart ass remark for the week...

But Lucas has a grip, and a key grip, and a whole bunch of other grip's. Hell! I'm sure he has 20 guys or more with the title of grip. :-)



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remove SPORK.

Screw that! (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 13 years ago | (#744498)

Exclusive clips from upcoming Star Wars EP2 scripts:
ObiWan: This is a Lightsabre©, the weapon of choice of a Jedi© warrior
Anakin: It looks like an old Eveready flashlight.
ObiWan: Uh, well, we had a budget..
Anakin (pressing ON button): *click* FNNZZWWOON
ObiWan: Uh, please turn it back off
Anakin: Wow, this is cool!
ObiWan: You are a very bad student and I can't seem to control you
Anakin: Hey! There are no bad students, only bad teachers!
ObiWan: Look out!
Anakin (accidently slicing his hand off with the lightsabre): AAAAAAGGHHH!!!
ObiWan: I'm afraid I'll have to flunk you, Anakin, Yoda was right.
Anakin: You suck, I'll get even with you some day!

From EP3:
Imperial Storm Trooper: Does this make me look fat?

Oops... Now George will want this expunged. Sorry...


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Chief Frog Inspector

Re:SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (1)

nharmon (97591) | more than 13 years ago | (#744499)

Using rumor to build anticipation?

Probably the let down that occurs afterwards. Pehaps he fears that many of the story lines are going to be better then the actual one?

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (1)

marlowe23 (54624) | more than 13 years ago | (#744510)

So, if Lucas releases a DVD in "2050 or so" because he wants to wait and put out the Super Ultra Deluxe More Features Than You Need Edition, you bitch. George Lucas, greedy bastard. But if he were to release a cheapjack DVD NOW and the Super Ultra Deluxe More Features Than You Need Edition in 2050 then you'll bitch about that too. George Lucas, greedy bastard. If Lucas were all about bleeding people dry, he'd release a piece of shit DVD now and sock you again a couple years down the line. But that doesn't matter, because George Lucas will never be anything other than pure evil no matter which way he goes, right?

Re:The Fan as The Enemy (1)

Kazir (48851) | more than 13 years ago | (#744511)

-------------------------------------------------- -----
YODA: Run! Yes. A Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of
the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression. The dark side of the Force
are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you
start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny,
consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.

LUKE: Vader. Is the dark side stronger?

YODA: No...no...no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

LUKE: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?

YODA: You will know. When you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses
the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.

-------------------------------------------------- -----
I think that says it all...
No only if Lucas would use his own philosophy.

Re:Storyboards are his works (2)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 13 years ago | (#744512)

WOAH!
You're saying those two websites have a copy of his MOVIE!?

A better analogy would be, someone who knew the artist, saw the painting, and told his friends what the painting was about.

Big freaking deal.

a picture is worth a thousand words (1)

JanKotz (228776) | more than 13 years ago | (#744513)

That's good, but there aren't any pictures. Is there a specific filename I can search for on Gnutella/Freenet/Scour?
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Re:Another move from the man who loves money (1)

flatpack (212454) | more than 13 years ago | (#744514)

Not really, because I won't be buying any of it. There were plenty of better things to be spending my money on than Episode 1, and I'm sure Episode 2 won't be any better.

And besides, you're missing the point. There'll be video versions before then, just not the DVD versions. That way, people can buy it on video and then buy it on DVD later, making Lucas twice as much money. And I'm sure there'll be "Director's cuts", "Remastered versions", "THX special versions" and all that shite too.

light saber (1)

Shrug (229913) | more than 13 years ago | (#744521)

I think that George needs to pull the light saber out of his ass, and leave the fans alone. it's not like he is losing money over these two web sites.

My 2 cents (1)

dyslexia (96008) | more than 13 years ago | (#744522)

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't he film the first (episode 4, a new hope) movie in secrecy? I don't really have a point to this, but I felt like saying it. Second, remember the simpsons episode with the radioactive man movie? alt.nerd.movie.obcessive

Re:Put our money where our collective mouths are (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 13 years ago | (#744523)

Sorry, I'm going to see episode II, III, VII, VIII and IX. I'd sound pretty stupid saying how good/bad any episode of starwars was without seeing it.

Re:MODERATE UP! (1)

spezz (150943) | more than 13 years ago | (#744524)

You can tell because it's marked -1, offtopic.

Well you said yourself it was an unrelated story.

I disagree (1)

jmccay (70985) | more than 13 years ago | (#744525)

Whether he is greedy, or not greedy, has nothign to do with his choice. He was very secretative with the first Triology. He was also involved in Battlestar Galactica at the time doing special effects. He ended up taking them to court because he thought it would interfer with his creations, but he lost. He has always been protective of the movies. They are his brain child, and has said only he can do the movies.
Given his protectiveness of the movies, it is understandable if he orders sites to close down because the are spreading false infornmation. I would do the same thing in his situation if I started getting email complaining about story lines that were false.
Regaurding the dvd, I think he is just waiting to see what happens in the dvd market. I am sure he knows the monopoly hold the encryption guys hold on the dvd encryption. I think he is just waiting for things to level out, and possibly hoping the the monopoly on the dvd encryption will topple. That is just my speculation. Let's face it, not everybody has a dvd playe, and with the battle going on about DeCSS, I don't blame him for holding off.

What's the complaint? (3)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 13 years ago | (#744526)

These storyboards *belong* to Lucas. It is his right and will to publish or not publish them, especially as he owns the copyright and distribution.

It's different than the Lars/MP3/Metallica thing, because he really does own the rights, and not some corporation or distributor.

No one has the right to take his work and use it in ways he does not allow. In an analogous way to say, the GPL. If we allow *anyone* to infringe on Lucas's rights to his works, why would not anyone infringe on the Open Source's rights to their software/source? Why shouldn't NVIDIA include Open Source stuff in their drivers?

It's his. He owns it. He writes it. He makes it. He sells it. He produces it. He makes the special effects for it.

About the only thing worth complaining about is the quality of the movies!

The nick is a joke! Really!

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (2)

softsign (120322) | more than 13 years ago | (#744527)

You don't get it. He is not releasing them AT THE SAME TIME. It's not like you have the choice of VHS or DVD. You have no choice if you want to see it now.

Let me spell it out:

  1. Movie released in theatres:
    • All the kiddies run out and fork over their money to see it
    • Lucas & Co. make lots of money
  2. Movie released on VHS:
    • All the kiddies run out and fork over their money to see it
    • Lucas & Co. make lots of money
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 for Episode II & III
  4. NOW, after all the people have paid to see it in theatres and on VHS, Lucas & Co. release the movies on DVD. Probably one at a time, and then finally an ubercool Box Set (which will of course, contain never-before-seen footage).

Having said that. More power to Lucas! It's a free market economy you whiny bitches. If you don't like it, don't put money in his pockets. Sneak into theatres, rent the tapes and return them claiming they're broken, hijack transport trucks, whatever...

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Yep, that's me in a nutshell. (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 13 years ago | (#744529)

No matter how much you complain, you simply can't be a real Star Wars fan without seeing the whole thing, for good or ill.

As the other poster said though, there is no way I'm going opening day (or weekend) this time. Probably bringing down the opening weekend receipts is the only real impact it's possible to have. I fully admit that rhetoric without action is useless (which is why I recently sent real, physical letters to congress and the house supporting the music database bill), but I also know that there are some battles you cannot win and it does no good to try. Even if everyone reading /. boycotted the movie, who would notice? Our absence would be lost in the noise of the whole country pouring in to see the movie, simply because so many did not love 4,5, and 6 enough to truly hate much of #1.

Unless you are close enough to Lucas to tell him you aren't going and why, a boycott is useless.

The other side of the problem with a boycott is that even if you convinced the WHOLE COUNTRY to not see the movie ever, it would not matter at all - Lucas would go ahead and just make the third one however he wanted to anyway. In fact if you make him mad enough he's likley to add in Ewoks again just to spite us.

George Lucas With The Lid Off (2)

charlesc (50846) | more than 13 years ago | (#744530)

At least no one has put up any storyboards yet for "Howard The Duck Episode II: The Phantom Boxoffice" - hate to have THAT get spoiled.

Re:The Fan as The Enemy (1)

tuffy (10202) | more than 13 years ago | (#744531)

Perhaps Lucas thinks the fans are already revolting.

Re:Storyboards are his works (1)

Steeltoe (98226) | more than 13 years ago | (#744532)

You forget we're talking about Intellectual Property here..

Don't you dare step on mine! FREAK! *:-D

- Steeltoe

Let's keep in mind.. (3)

mindstrm (20013) | more than 13 years ago | (#744533)

Companies do not have the legal power to 'order' people to do things. Only the courts do.

Big deal! (2)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 13 years ago | (#744534)

No, they have his storyboards.

It's the *sourcecode*, as it were. It's what makes his movie possible.

Didn't /. complain bitterly when NVIDIA included Open Source material in some of their driver software? What's the difference between someone misusing Lucas's storyboards, and NVIDIA misusing someone else's source?


The nick is a joke! Really!

Re:Big deal! (2)

mindstrm (20013) | more than 13 years ago | (#744535)

Hunh? I thought they had *parody* storyboards, that were not infact Lucasfilm's at all?

Re:MODERATE UP! (1)

Signal 11 (7608) | more than 13 years ago | (#744536)

You would have had a net gain of 1 point of karma last week despite all 30 or so of your posts.

Spiral! You were supposed to tell me how points were being awarded. I thought I was supposed to try to get the most posts to +5, not the most positive mod values!!! Yeeesh...

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Really? (2)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 13 years ago | (#744537)

I wouldn't know, actually.

I haven't seen the storyboards.

I've only seen the letters, and they only talk about stuff like infringing on Lucas's copyrights.:

Dear Sirs:

Lucasfilm Ltd. and its affiliated and related entities (collectively "Lucasfilm")
are the sole and exclusive owners of all rights in the major motion pictures
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode
I--The Phantom Menace, and the forthcoming feature film Star Wars: Episode
II (collectively the "Star Wars Films"). Those motion pictures and the
characters which appear therein are protected by the copyright and
trademark laws of the United States and other nations. It has come to our
attention that you have posted images, story lines, descriptions, and other
material relating to story boards from the production of Star Wars: Episode II
on your World Wide Web site at www.aldera.net and related pages. Pursuant
to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), other federal and state
copyright laws, trademark law, and other statutes, you are hereby notified
that your actions constitute infringement of Lucasfilm's rights. You may also
be in possession of stolen property of Lucasfilm.

We demand that you remove all of the items described above that are
accessible on or through your system or network, accessed by users through
your system or network, or located using your information location tools; and
disable access to any sites fulfilling these criteria. We further demand that
you immediately turn over any Lucasfilm property in your possession to us
and provide us with information regarding the source of the materials. You
must provide written assurance that you will comply with this demand
immediately.

Lucasfilm is the exclusive owner of all relevant rights in and to the Star Wars
Films. Pursuant to the DMCA, we have a good faith belief that any items
falling into the categories identified above infringe Lucasfilm's copyrights and
other intellectual property rights, and are not authorized by Lucasfilm or its
agents. I am authorized to act on Lucasfilm's behalf regarding these matters.
The information provided in this communication is accurate to the best of my
knowledge and is provided under penalty of perjury.

Sincerely,

David J. Anderman
Associate Director of Business Affairs
DJA/lm

The nick is a joke! Really!

Aaah, who cares? (3)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 13 years ago | (#744544)

In the same way Highlander II destroyed the whole film series for me, Episode I has put me off off any new Episodes. I will only go see E2/E3 if they involve the slow, painful, delicious torture of Jar Jar and the genocide of his race, one gungan at a time..

I'd rather see a new B5-verse movie anyway..

Your Working Boy,

Re:Put our money where our collective mouths are (1)

AgentSmith (69695) | more than 13 years ago | (#744545)

Is this flamebait?

Hell no! It's the unfortunate truth. Of course, we are jaded by the blasphemy that is Episode I, but I'm sure we'll all suck it up and go to see Episode II (Whatever the heck they call it) just not on opening day.

WARNING: A SOAP BOX MOMENT!
I VOW to not see it on opening day. And I bet that I won't be able to escape the d*mn TACO BELL/PEPSI/KFC advertisments that spoil the movie 2 months before it releases or the infinite spoilers that will occur on Slashdot/User Friendly/kuro5in/the entire freakin' world/MSN.

That's actually what killed Episode I. I knew the storyline and characters before the movie even happened. A $6.50 later, I filled in the small gaps.

Well here's another $6.50 (oops I'm sorry $7.50 now) down the drain.

4-Mace Windu reveals himself with one hand (1)

plastickiwi (170800) | more than 13 years ago | (#744546)

Whoa! "This sucka's mine!"

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (1)

marlowe23 (54624) | more than 13 years ago | (#744547)

There's hardly a single major motion picture put out today that doesn't have both a video and a DVD version. And there are "director's cuts" of movies much less popular and succesful than Star Wars (Highlander, anyone?) Having a video and DVD version of a movie released doesn't set Lucas apart in any way, shape or form. And anyone who runs out and buys both versions has no one but themselves to blame.

What has happened! (3)

bfree (113420) | more than 13 years ago | (#744548)

"Horns" leaked what appears to be a very real picture board of EPII to Naboonline who said "due to the fact that we do not want to get into trouble with Lucasfilm, we have decided to not post those images".

http://www.naboonline.com/new s/i ndex.shtml#9701203 [naboonline.com] is an apology from Naboonline.com to LucasFilm and includes the original letter received from LucasFilm, or more precisely David J. Anderman, Associate Director of Business Affairs, from:netenforcement@lucasfilm.com [mailto] and then they subsequently state their position as

we do remind that we never posted any storyboards on this site - just 3 snippets of characters....Other sites, however, have linked to or posted some of the images. Aldera.net was asked to remove them.

Which is why we never posted the full images. We thought that a description and 3 character snippets would not invoke any trouble. LucasFilm says to take them off, so we do

A few choice snippets of the LucasFilm letter include.

protected by the copyright and trademark laws of the United States and other nations
so it is for copyright and trademark reasons

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), other federal and state copyright laws, trademark law, and other statutes, you are hereby notified that your actions constitute infringement of Lucasfilm's rights. You may also be in possession of stolen property of Lucasfilm.
The good old DMCA comes in along with anything else the lawyers can think to say.....what a surprise.

We demand that you remove all of the items described above that are accessible on or through your system or network, accessed by users through your system or network, or located using your information location tools; and disable access to any sites fulfilling these criteria. We further demand that you immediately turn over any Lucasfilm property in your possession to us and provide us with information regarding the source of the materials. You must provide written assurance that you will comply with this demand immediately.
Oh Yeah? You can demand but don't tell people that they must do things unless you are a court. IANAL but I thought it was as simple as that. Could this be harrassment? Also kind-of big demands to drop all links to all sites that have anything still up even if you are linking to something else or just the homepage.

It concluded with a nice "Persuant to DMCA...infringe Lucasfilm's copyrights and other intellectual property rights...penalty of perjury". Do they have a form letter for this sh*t? And if the site was based outside DMCA zone (e.g. Europe) would they be able to ignore this?

If a tabloid newspaper published this stuff would they get away with it? I'd have thought so! What is the difference here?

There's only one problem.....See the parent post :-)

Re:Lucas needs to get a grip (1)

drivelSpigot (237812) | more than 13 years ago | (#744549)

Recommended Akira Kurasawa flicks to steal: High and Low -> Light and Dark, Kidnap the princess, save her, kill kinapper Ran -> have a bunch of siblings kill each other. Throne of Blood -> perfect. princess hands blood soaked clothing to C3PO who spends the remainder of the movie muttering "out damn spot" and asking R2 for some bleach. or better yet.... Judo Saga II -> incredibly lame sequal clearly made to appease the botton line in which the director forgets everything he ever knew about interesting camera angles and writing and bores the audience to tears.

Re:The Fan as The Enemy (1)

MouseR (3264) | more than 13 years ago | (#744550)

The trend these days seems to treat your fans as your enemies.

There's another silly unresearched comment inspired by the general /. attitude.

Lucas' baby [starwars.com] has actually ran contests for the best fan sites and regularely features one of them on his site.

You people just keep on freakin' out when due red tape is applied.

And, if that isn't enough, fans can actually have their fan site hosted by Luca's!

(There goes more Karma)


open filmmaking? (1)

eostrom (14923) | more than 13 years ago | (#744551)

For a less closed approach to the filmmaking process, check out The Claim [theclaimmovie.com] . The official site has screenplay excerpts, daily call sheets, quicktime tours of the set, and lots of random progress reports. (Like, the edit is currently taking up 198G of hard disk space, and the current cut is 112 minutes long....)

DMCA quoted in Lucas's Letter (1)

albamuth (166801) | more than 13 years ago | (#744552)

  • Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), other federal and state copyright laws, trademark law, and other statutes, you are hereby notified that your actions constitute infringement of Lucasfilm's rights.

    ...(snip)...

    Pursuant to the DMCA, we have a good faith belief that any items falling into the categories identified above infringe Lucasfilm's copyrights and other intellectual property rights, and are not authorized by Lucasfilm or its agents. I am authorized to act on Lucasfilm's behalf regarding these matters. The information provided in this communication is accurate to the best of my knowledge and is provided under penalty of perjury. Sincerely,

    David J. Anderman Associate Director of Business Affairs

    DJA/lm

    from:netenforcement@lucasfilm.com

Of all the...for Pete's...well don't that beat...(pauses for breath)...DMCA, I CURSE YOU!!

Re:SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (2)

Daffy Duck (17350) | more than 13 years ago | (#744553)

Difference being that it would take more than 5 seconds to reveal the plot of The Matrix, whereas the entire story of SW episode two will probably fit on the back of the postage stamp that episode one was written on.

Re:The Fan as The Enemy (2)

JoeShmoe (90109) | more than 13 years ago | (#744554)

Wow, if you meant that as pun, bravo. +1 Very Clever.

On the otherhand if you were making some clusless observation and only now get the double meaning...never mind.

- JoeShmoe

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All too true (1)

Enahs (1606) | more than 13 years ago | (#744555)

If you get flamed and mod will be because you're partially right, at least. All Lucas cares about is himself; all those years of ILM doing other people's visual efects was just so that he could have The Best(TM) when he finally got back to his pet project. What was his attitude when Episode I didn't do so good? He didn't care; hell, the movie was for him, by him and his hired staff. I actually respect that, but I think you're right :^)

The Lucas Philosophy (2)

jetpack (22743) | more than 13 years ago | (#744556)

I think Lucas has been taking lessons from the IOC. :P

Re:SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (1)

talesout (179672) | more than 13 years ago | (#744557)

Or maybe he's afraid the pre-hype will create a huge black hole to suck down any possible goodness the movie had.

It happened last time. EP I was a decent movie if it hadn't been hyped up so completely by the time it was released. If they would have just released it with very little fanfare it would have still drawn crowds. And then there wouldn't be all these people saying, "I don't like $newcharacter because he acts stupid. Why didn't $storyline_device do $chosen_plot instead...?"

I can understand Lucas not wanting the hype to get out of control this time. People got so damn riled up over the last movie because it 'didn't live up to the hype'. No movie could. Maybe he's not going to let the hype exist this time.

Re:In a related story, (1)

Enahs (1606) | more than 13 years ago | (#744558)

They're both whiny, arrogant bastards; that seems to be the only other connection. Oddly enough, though, the big difference is that Mr. Ulrich seems to be in possession of a functioning brain stem.

Re:Let's keep in mind.. (2)

albamuth (166801) | more than 13 years ago | (#744559)

However in the real world corporations have more rights than people - mostly through intimidation, deep pockets, and general lack of concern for the common human being.

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (1)

talesout (179672) | more than 13 years ago | (#744560)

You do realize that the original films pandered to 10 year-old children as well don't you?

Or have you somehow convinced yourself in the 25 years since then that you parents went to the originals for themselves and just took you along as an afterthought?

Re:*sigh* (1)

Enahs (1606) | more than 13 years ago | (#744561)

Personally, I think it's pretty easy at this point to guess at the story line and get it right, at least as far as Anakin is concerned.

After Qui-Gonn Jinn was struck down by Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi wins a battle with Darth Maul...by giving in to his anger. He's tainted by his use of dark-side power. Palpatine will attempt to turn Obi-Wan; he will succeed instead with Anakin, who is being trained by Obi-Wan. Anakin's late start in life in training, combined with Obi-Wan's taint, will ultimately doom Anakin and the rest of the Galaxy. The End.

The dog that did not bark... (3)

sysadmn (29788) | more than 13 years ago | (#744562)

Interestingly enough, George will also have to go after sites that have incorrect info. If not, you'll be able to piece together elements of the picture fromthe things that are not under attack!

SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (5)

handorf (29768) | more than 13 years ago | (#744563)

What happened to enjoying speculation? Using rumor to build anticipation? Liking the attention?

By the time this movie comes out, I won't care at all. Rumor, speculation, things like this keep me interested.

No $8.00 from me this time, Mr. Lucas. Learn to respect the fans a bit.

Lucasfilm + Apple = no fun (1)

motardo (74082) | more than 13 years ago | (#744564)

These scare tactics that Apple and Lucasfilm are pulling lately is a bunch of crap. They can't face the fact that what they are doing is tarnishing their reputations while stopping the free speech of those websites who post RUMORS, that's all that they are! Boycot Episode 2, because it'll prolly be a peice of shit anyways.

-motardo

He should not try. (1)

dragonfly_blue (101697) | more than 13 years ago | (#744568)

Do or do not. There is no, "try".

Sounds a bit like... (1)

pausz (218832) | more than 13 years ago | (#744570)

Sounds a bit like the Apple Cube story [slashdot.org] . Maybe the storyboards were a little too close to the real thing...

23 Months??? (1)

funkboy3 (187130) | more than 13 years ago | (#744575)

Must be the new math as, I'm pretty certain EpII will be released in the Star Wars tradition in May. So, let's see... May 2002 - September 2000 = well, I'll let you figure it out.

Re:In a related story, (1)

JoeShmoe (90109) | more than 13 years ago | (#744576)

Blah, I'm disappointed this got a mod up. It's such an obvious stretch. I mean, is there any tenable connection between Leo and Lars (well, besides the fact that they both start with "L")?

A better line would have been - in other news George Lucas decided to add some soundtrack elements from Metallica. On being brought on, Lars had this to say: "Totally sweet! But if I find any fan site posting suggestions for song lyrics I'll kick their ass!"

But that's just my two cents worth...better luck next time.

- JoeShmoe

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Re:Put our money where our collective mouths are (2)

Zulfiya (44302) | more than 13 years ago | (#744577)

But how many of us are willing to back up our bitching? My nickel says the overwhelming majority of the readers here will rant and rave and complain and moderate and make jokes about Jar Jar, and then will jump down off the soapbox and fork over the $7.50 to see Episode II anyway.

Well... yes and no. Yes, I will shell out the $8 (or more, the way prices are going up) for Episode II. But, I'll probably only see it once.

I saw the original trilogy the first time it came out, and Jedi twice. When they re-released, I saw the trilogy again, twice (with different friends) and then Empire again (because it's the best of them). I own the tapes. That's a lot of viewings. (Ok, I'm a pathetic geek, I gave up being ashamed of that years ago).

I saw Ep. I once and have no real desire to buy or rent it.

Those stay-forever blockbusters do partially owe their success to repeat customers, and I do think that he's at least losing that.

Maybe this is good ... (1)

twingo_gtx (161891) | more than 13 years ago | (#744578)

I personnaly don't want to hear anything about starwars right now. I don't think i could handle the anticipation for two years.

Now on to the ramifications of blocking fan sites like these. I didn't get mad at Apple for going after their rumor sites. They had a point about using their pictures, which shouldn't be allowed. This bothers me a little but still not that much. I don't think you should be allowed to post anything you want on the web. There has to be boundaries and if you don't ask permission to use informantion and/or data then that is wrong.

Re:Put our money where our collective mouths are (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 13 years ago | (#744579)

And I bet that I won't be able to escape the d*mn TACO BELL/PEPSI/KFC advertisments that spoil the movie

I bet you won't be able to escape the d*mn CmdrTaco advertisements for the movie either.

Re:The Fan as The Enemy (1)

tuffy (10202) | more than 13 years ago | (#744580)

It was the former, though it was hard to write without making it too obvious. If I'd have said "...pretty revolting already" that's not terribly subtle, so I just had to hope for the best.

Re:Oh Jesus here it comes. (1)

Enahs (1606) | more than 13 years ago | (#744581)

The funny thing is, you're right :^)

If I had moderator status, I'd mod your ass up...too bad I don't :^(

Re:George Lucas is a... (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 13 years ago | (#744582)

It's my opinion and that's all there is to it. Go ahead, flame me, mod me down, whatever...

As opposed to fact? Anyway, the last sentence is a waste. You *will* get modded down if your comment sucks in the opinion of the moderator. Are you trying to avoid that by stating that the moderator is free to do so??

Just curious why so many posts say "feel free to mod me down"... it isn't your permission that we need.

Hypocritical slashdot moviegoers (2)

Fervent (178271) | more than 13 years ago | (#744583)

Star Wars: interesting myth of a story, appeals to geeks
Corporations: big, evil, don't care about the people who buy their products
Science-fiction scriptwriters: playful, conscientious, like to play along with geeks

George Lucas:? ... Isn't he basically a corporation at this point? Why do we still go to his movies, then shoot other corporations down?

Other Fan Sites (4)

Mignon (34109) | more than 13 years ago | (#744584)

FS: These aren't the fan sites you're looking for.

GL: These aren't the fan sites we're looking for.

FS: We can go about our business.

GL: You can go about your business.

FS: Move along.

GL: Move along.

Re:Another move from the man who loves money (1)

seanmeister (156224) | more than 13 years ago | (#744585)

He disappointed them all by pandering to 10 year-old children..

Well, I agree with you in that, IMO, Ep1 sucked major ass, I do seem to remember being about 10 years old when the original Star Wars was released. I liked it then, and I still like it now, but I can't help wondering if I would like it today if I was 30 years old when it originally came out.

Can't say I agree with you about the CGI aliens - I think they're much better than the freaking rubber masks and muppets used in the original trilogy!
Sean

SEE THE STORYBOARDS HERE AND THEY'RE LAME (4)

David Wong (199703) | more than 13 years ago | (#744586)

Some of them are HERE. [pointlesswasteoftime.com]

It's nothing to get too worked up about. I think they're fakes anyway... which makes it fit right in with the rest of my site.

Re:Put our money where our collective mouths are (2)

TheReverand (95620) | more than 13 years ago | (#744587)

Start Trek sucks because Gene Roddenberry died. I don't care what fan writes what, it will never be as good as it was. Pop in Wrath Of Khan and get over it, the legacy is over. The sooner people stop watching the crap they keep putting out, the sooner it will go away.

Nice grammar (2)

David Wong (199703) | more than 13 years ago | (#744588)

I knew I shouldn't have skipped those first ten grades of public school...

ah. Slashdot users. No one deserves I/P but US! (1)

fishfucker (217763) | more than 13 years ago | (#744589)

I/P == intellectual property. fisfhcuierk. (you knew it.)

Re:Hypocritical slashdot moviegoers (2)

Luminous (192747) | more than 13 years ago | (#744590)

Nothing is either all Good or all Bad.

Now that would be a key lesson to learn about the Force come Ep.3

If they own it, it's their right... (1)

drteknikal (67280) | more than 13 years ago | (#744591)

IF the material is authentic, copyrighted material owned by Lucasfilm and posted without permission, they are well within their rights to demand removal. Even if it isn't real, but features their copyrighted characters, they are within their rights.

I've never understood why fans feel they have some rights of ownership. You may have supported and promoted something, but that does not make it your intellectual property.

Does George have some responsibility to the fans who have made him rich? Ethically and morally, quite probably. Legally, not at all. May this hurt them? Sure. But biting the hand that feeds you always does.

Another move from the man who loves money (4)

flatpack (212454) | more than 13 years ago | (#744592)

Of all of the people in the film industry I can't honestly think of one that has time and time again shown themselves to be only interested in the sheer amount of $$$ they can gouge from loyal fans.

First it was the incredible array of editions and boxed sets released for the original trilogy, then it was the fact that DVDs for the new trilogy were only going to be released in 2050 or some other point in the distant future, and now he's attacking fan sites who are catering to the interests of the very fans he makes his wads of cash from!

Seriously, George Lucas has done nothing since the original trilogy worth bothering with. Despite all of the anticipation felt by die-hard Star Wars fans in the buildup to the new movies, he disappointed them all by pandering to 10 year-old children with his movie and its slushy plot, cardboard characters and fucking annoying CGI aliens.

Fuck Geoege Lucas and the piles of cash he rolled in on.

Re:SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#744593)

Dear Sir. I don't have to give a shit about my fans. I've got money, I've got fame.

Sincerely,
G. Lucas

Musta been a anti-JarJarbinks story. (1)

Orclover (228413) | more than 13 years ago | (#744594)

And im sure they pulled the articles without a single argument, hell i wouldnt wanna argue with Darth Vaders boss either. Unless they tried to pass off the information as legitimate (or it was legitimate) i dont believe Darth George has a legal leg to stand on.

Then again IANAL (but you knew that already didnt you?).

Empire Nazi? (1)

jabber01 (225154) | more than 13 years ago | (#744595)

Lucas WAS brillinat in retaining merchandising rights to Star Wars toys when the original Trilogy came out. He made MILLIONS on the toys and lunch-boxes.

What's the bug up his butt about now? Rumour-spreading is building anticipation. It's a great way of gathering public interest in the film. Even if the real script leaks, so what?? It's just more to look forward to.

The REAL jabber has the /. user id: 13196

The Fan as The Enemy (4)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 13 years ago | (#744596)

The trend these days seems to treat your fans as your enemies. I wonder how long it'll be before the fans get sick of this treatment and revolt.

There is no Enemy, Anywhere.

Ugh. (3)

Gendou (234091) | more than 13 years ago | (#744597)

What is it that causes brilliant, insightful people to eventually become big, dumb, greedy, superficial fools? George Lucas was a visionary. He produced three movies in his youth that shook the very bones of the movie world. Instant classics. Is it just astronomical ammounts of money that turn people into assholes or is there something else here? Come on George! Let your fans be fans! (And MAKE Episode 2 NOT suck, okay?!)

Re:SIGH... Why does everybody hate the fans? (1)

Tiroth (95112) | more than 13 years ago | (#744598)

Actually, I think Mr. Lucas is very shrewd. Look at all of the hype that surrounded the Matrix...mostly based on people NOT knowing the storyline! Lucas knows that the Star Wars name alone is enough to grab the attention of moviegoers. I'm sure as the movie is about to be released the Lucas PR machine will spring into action, and there will be tons of stuff flying around. The difference is Lucas will have control of everything.

necessary. NOT (1)

GroundBounce (20126) | more than 13 years ago | (#744599)

He has a right to have libelous or slanderous information removed. I seriously doubt that inaccurate guesses about film story lines would fall into this category. He certainly has a right to refute the information on his own web site or other publications, however, and he can ask that they be removed. (He can even threaten lawsuits, which may work in many cases even if the lawsuit
is groundless.)

Obviously the ISP knew better since they refused to close down the site without a court order.

In Other News... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#744600)

...the ghosts of John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, and Jack Kirby have all filed charges of intellectual property theft against the vast Lucas empire... Lucas was reading a 1974 copy of Howard Chaykin's "Cody Starbuck" and was unavailable for comment...

http://www.naboonline.com/episode2/storyboard.shtm (5)

bfree (113420) | more than 13 years ago | (#744601)

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT.....

The following is broken up by each panel. While some panels seem to continue the last or repeat, it's because good storyboards include each and every shot and camera angle.


FIRST SCENE (in chronological order)

1-Its raining. At the entry ramp of Slave-1, as young Boba Fett hurries aboard Jango Fett turns to see...
2-Obi-Wan ready with lightsabre ignited.
3-Jango opens fire with one blaster.
4-Obi-Wan deflects the bolts.
5-As Jango continues firing, he straffes behind and around pillars.
6-Obi-Wan shuffles while deflecting the bolts.
7-As Jango moves behind a pillar, Obi-Wan charges forward.
8-Jango unholsters a second blaster and does a Chow Yun Fat impersonation.
9-Obi-Wan has trouble deflecting the barrage of bolts.
10-Jango takes off (using his jetpack) over the top of Obi-Wan who swings his lightsaber but misses.
11-As he is flying past, Jango pivotes and fires at Obi- Wan from a high angle.
12-Obi-Wan deflects the bolts from above
13-Jango comtinues to fire now that he is flying away from Obi-Wan
14-Jango lets loose with both guns as he flys backwards.
15-Under the barrage of two blasters, Obi-Wan struggles to deflect every bolt.
16-Obi-Wan rolls off to the side to avoid the bolts.
17-Jango flies off behind a tower.
18- Emerging on the other side, Jango fires the rocket that was poking from the top of his jetpack.
19-Obi-Wan avoids the explosion but is stunned
20-Jango flies higher and out of screen.
21-Obi-Wan recovers and look around for Jango (who seems to have disappeared)
22-Obi-Wan is tense in the silence.
23-Obi-Wan senses something and turns just in time to see...
24-Young Boba Fett in the cockpit of Slave-1 taking aim with the ships heavy blasters
25-Slave-1 fires
26-the shots miss but.....
27-Obi-Wan drops his lightsaber
28-Jango appears from above and jumps down.
29-Obi-Wan recovers and with a yell....
30-leaps forward to kick Jango in the face
31-Jango crashes back onto the landing platform.
32-Obi-Wan lands on his feet.
33-Jango quickly recovers and charges forward.
34-In close quaters, Obi-Wan blocks Jango's attempt to rise his blaster to fire and the pair struggle for the weapon.
35-They grapple over the blaster.
36-Obi-Wan elbows Jango hard in the face
37-High angle shot as Obi-Wan judo flips Jango over his back.
38-Jango hits the ground hard but recovers quickly as Obi-Wan moves in for an attack.
39-Jango traps Obi-Wans foot
40-Jango spins Obi-Wan (in mid air) and brings him down face first onto the ground.
41-Obi-Wan retaliates from the ground with a sweep kick to Jango's head knocking him back.
42-Jango falls back
43-Obi-Wan get to his feet.
44-Jango gets up and takes aim with his arm mounted blaster.
45-Obi-Wan leaps over the bolts and onto Jango's shoulders, then flicks himself back and over, flipping Jango onto his back. Jango rolls to his feet.
46-Obi-Wan charges with a punch
47-Jango moves in to attack, chopping at Obi-Wan's head. Obi-Wan blocks it.
48-Jango ducks a wild punch and grabs Obi-Wan by his waist.
49-Jango sweeps Obi-Wan off his feet and flips him over bringing him crashing down over his bent knee.
50-Obi-Wan (momentarily stunned) is thrown by Jango. Obi-Wan lands and skids over the wet surface.
51-Obi-Wan comes to a halt on the ground and spots something.
52-His lightsaber.
53-Jango suddenly appears, flying towards Obi-Wan.
54-Obi-Wan gets up and reaches for his lightsaber (to summond it).
55-Jango fires his cable
56-cable wraps around Obi-Wan's hands
57-ObiWan fails to catch his lightsaber
58-Jango takes off, still tied to Obi-Wan
59-Obi-Wan is dragged along the ground.
60-Low angle behind Obi-Wan who is still being dragged
61-High abgle next to Jango who is still flying
62-Obi-Wan rolls to one side as he is still being dragged.
63-Obi-Wan manages to roll around one of the pillars.
64-Obi-Wan jumps up and wraps the cable around the pillar.
65-Jango crashes to the ground
66-The jetpack shoots off on its own into the side of a building.
67-Obi-Wan (with his hands still tied) charges
68-Obi-Wan kicks jango over the side of the platform.
69-Jango slides down the side
70-Obi Wan gets pulled to the edge of the platform.
71-Almost over the complete edge, Jango activates claws on the side of his forearms.
72-Jango digs his "claws" into the platform.
73-Obi-Wan falls over the edge and onto the slope
74-Obi-Wan slides past Jango
75-Obi-Wan falls off over the edge.
76- Still tied to Jango, Obi-Wan is hanging
77-Obi-Wan starts swinging
78-Jango is getting pulled down now.
79-jango releases the cable.
80-Obi-Wan falls
81-Distant shot as Obi-Wan falls.
82-Obi-Wan reaches for and grabs a service platform with the tips of his fingers.
83-Obi-Wan jumps onto the platform
84-Jango enters Slave-1
85-Obi-Wan, already back on the platform, summons his lightsaber as he runs.
86-Lightsaber returns to its owner
87-Obi-Wan catches the lightsaber
88-Slave-1 begins to take off.
89-In one move, Obi-Wan takes a seeker pod from his belt and throws it.
90-The seeker pod sticks to the side of the ship.
91-Obi-Wan watches from the platform
92-As Slave-1 takes off into the rain.

SECOND SCENE (Warning! MAJOR SPOILERS!)

1-Overlooking a grand arena in a VIP style "box" sits Count Dooku and Poggle the Lesser. I believe Count Dooku is Christopher Lee's character. To his left sits a Nemoidian. Poggle is a strangle looking creature (definitely CGI). I'd say a cross between Sebulba and a Gungan but extremely skinny and with apparent wings. Jango Fett stands behind Poggle.
2-Dooku and Poggle talk and watch the arena. Unnoticed by them, there is a flash far behind them and one of the Lesser guards drops to the ground.
3-A hand taps Dooku's shoulder.
4-Mace Windu reveals himself with one hand and with the other keeps Jango at bay with his lightsaber.
5-View of the Stadium as hundreds of Jedi enter from all passageways. All ready for confrontation with their lightsabers ignited.
6-Dooku reveals the droid army awaiting the jedi. Mace reacts as the droids (battledroids, destroyer droids and superdroids (which look like a cross between battledroid and stormtrooper, very big)) emerge from the dark passageway behind him.
7-High angle of the VIP box and droids are coming from all entrances. Mace is surrounded. Jango backs out of firing range.
8-The droids open fire.
9-Mace deflects the first bolts as Dooku and the other dignitaries move to safer ground.
10-The Droids continue to fire as mace deflects the bolts right back at them.
11-Full shot of Mace as he spins and deflects shots from all sides.
12-A number of droids are smashed back by their own bolts.
13-Mace continues to defend.
14-Jango brings up his flamethrower and fires at mace. Lessers are flying away in the background.
15-Mace leaps high as flame scorches the place he was.
His cloak is on fire. The nemoidian is hit by the flame. 16-Jango blasts at Mace in the air.
17-Mace deflects all the bolts as he rolls in mid air and down into the arena. His cloak is still on fire.
18-Mace lands in the arena. Pan to Jango looking for an escape. Pan to Dooku leaving the area.
19-Mace throws off the smouldering cloak and looks around the arena.
20-Wide angle as Jedi fight for their lives against the superior number of droids.
21-two Jedi leap from another VIP box just as its blasted by droids.
22-More shots of Jedi defending themselves from attacks from all sides.
23-A jedi destoys a superdroid but is gunned down by a destroyer droid.
24-Mace looks back at the VIP box he was in.
25-Droids in the VIP box shoot at Mace who defends. Jango takes off in the distance.
26-As Mace defends from the stands, Jango lands behind him in the arena.
27-Jango aims his cable at Mace from behind him as Mace still defends.
28-Jango fires the cable.
29-Mace turns just in time to force push the cable..
30-around a nearby destroyer droid.
31-Mace turns away from Jango to take care of some droids in the arena.
32-The entangled Destroyer turns and fires upon the source of the cable...
33-Taking Jango by surprise as shots whip around him.
34-Jango detaches the cable
35-Jango flies past the destroyer (jetpack of course)
36-Jango's flight path leads him directly behind Mace who is still battling droids. As Jango passes, Mace swings his lightsaber over his head and hits Jango's jetpack.
37-Jango goes into an uncontrolled dive and the destroyer droid tracking Jango ends up firing at Mace who deflects all the bolts.
38-Jango crashes to the ground and rolls to his feet.
39-The destroyer blasts at Mace.
40-Jango jettisons the damaged jetpack while Mace continues with the destoyer.
41-Jango fires at Mace with both blasters.
42-Mace spins to deflect the new attack.
43-With a destroyer droid on one side and Jango Fett on the other, Mace defends from both foe at the same time.
44-Mace leaps into the air leaving the destroyer and Jango firing at each other.
45-Jango leaps into a sideways roll and keeps firing at the destroyer.
46-The destroyer explodes under Jango's attack.
47-Mace lands and a battledroid fires at him. He deflects the bolt without even looking and charges towards Jango.
48-Jango notices something as Mace charges.
49-Jango's POV of Mace charging with battles raging in the background.
50-The Reek (four legged, tri-horned beast with a bull- like nose ring similar to the Rancor in ROTJ)appears from a passageways and charges through a number of droids after Mace.
51-Shot tracking the Reek towards Mace. Jango looks stunned in the distance.
52-Mace turns and spots the Reek as Jango scrambles to his feet.
53-Mace's POV of The Reek charging directly at him.
54-Mace swipes at the Reek chopping off one of it's horns. The Reeks still catches Mace with its shoulder sending Mace sprawling.
55-Mace loses his lightsaber.
56-Mace hits the ground and rolls up onto his side.
57-Mace's ground POV of his lightsabe and Jango running toward it.
58-Just before Jango reches the Lightsaber, one of The Reek's feet slams down on it.
59-The Reek snarls at Mace as he gets back on his feet and tries to force calm over the beast. It then turns to Jango on the other side making him back off.
60-High angle os the Reek and the two foes on either side. Mace attempting to get closer to his lightsaber and Jango trying to get a clear shot.
61-Jango peer's under the Reek's belly looking for a shot.
62-Jango moves slowly around.
63-The Reek is still looking at Jango and Mace heads closer to his lightsaber.
64-The Reek reacts to Mace's close proximity
65-Mace tries to calm the beast with the force.
66-The Reek calms somewhat.
67-Mace moves closer.
68-mace tries to free the lightsaber with the force.
69-Jango moves toward the Reek's hindquarters
70-Jango continues to move. Mace is obscured by the Reek's front leg. Jango spots his discarded jetpack lying on the ground a short distance beyond Mace.
71-Close up on the jetpack.
72-Jango shifts aim and fires at the Jetpack.
73-Mace reacts throwing himself backwards and away.
74-the Jetpack explodes as Mace dives clear.
75-Mace hits the ground in a roll and ends near a wall.
76-Startled by the explosion, The Reek rears up on it's hind legs, freeing the lightsaber. Jango is ready to pounce.
77-Jango dives at the lightsaber but...
78-It floats offscreen just as Jango reaches it.
79-The lightsaber returns to Mace's hand.
80-Jango looks up at the Reek as it's shadow falls over him.
81-Jango rolls out of the way of the Reeks front legs as they crash back down on the ground.
82-The Reeks charges at Mace trampling Jango.
83-Jango avoids being crushed by the beast's huge feet.
84-Tracking the Reek as it charges at Mace.
85-Mace leaps into the air as the Reek reaches him, causing the Reek to smash into the wall of the arena.
86-Mace flips into the stands in the midst of a group of droids.
87-Mace lands and attacks.
88-Jango recovers and retrieves his blaster.
89-The Reek shakes it's head, looks around and spots Jango.
90-The Reek lumbers around and trotts towards Jango.
91-Jango raises his blaster and aims carefully.
92-The Reek begins to fully charge.
93-Jango pauses.
94-Jango's POV as Reek charges closer.
95-In the last moment, Jango fires into the beast's eys and dives out of the way still ready with blasters if need be.
96-The Reek tumbles and crashes to the ground, dead.
97-Jango stands and whips around looking for Mace with both blasters raised.
98-Mace leaps down from the stands and charges forward.
99-Jango opens fire desperately but Mace deflects all the bolts as he runs.
100-Mace takes out both blasters with blinding speed.
101-Mace lunges with his lightsaber at Jango's head and Jango ducks but is left off balance. jango manages one blast from his arm mounted blaster but it misses.
102-Mace spins and slices across and downward.
103-Jango's helmet bounces and rolls in the dust.
104-Jango's body falls to the dirt (safely assumed dead), leaving Mace the victor.

What ever happened to trek? (1)

mach-5 (73873) | more than 13 years ago | (#744603)

Star Wars seems to be fresh on everyone's mind, but what ever happened to all the trekkers, or is it trekkies? Anyway, any news on upcoming trek movies? We need a Star Trek category on /. Sorry about the off topicness of this post.

Re:*sigh* (1)

rani23 (85494) | more than 13 years ago | (#744610)

>If the story board would end up on the web, even if only remotelly accurate, it would spill the beans and spoil the movie.

Only if you go look at the storyboard. Generally, if I don't want to know what is going to happen in a movie -- I don't read the spoilers!

However, some fans like to know. And I think Lucas is in serious danger of offending his major fan base.

Rani

Not me! (2)

Brazilian Geek (25299) | more than 13 years ago | (#744611)

But that's part of modern geek culture. We read the whole damn script, what leeked sniplets, flame the whole movie in the weeks before the opening... then, on opening day, we wear our Jedi t-shirts, get our 20 year old lightsabers, make Darth Vader like noises and go to the local cineplex to watch a movie we already know from start to finish like it's brand new and full of mystery.

We'll all watch it at least once - if someone likes it they'll watch it twice and if someone REALLY likes it, they'll watch it 3 times or more.

And besides, you can't really blast it if you haven't watched it - better watch hating and continue to hate it later than to not know why people hate it so much. Come on, you can't HATE Jar Jar just by reading about him - you have to watch to feel it.

BTW, that was not flamebait.

TROLL! TROLL! TROLL! TROLL! TROLL! TROLL! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#744613)

Fuck Geoege Lucas and the piles of cash he rolled in on.

Ok, Taco, your cover's been blown. Don't you have a server you're supposed to be rebuilding or something?

In a related story, (5)

B00yah (213676) | more than 13 years ago | (#744614)

George Lucas has decided to release Leonardo DiCaprio from his role as Anakin, and has brought on Metallica's Lars Ulrich. On being brought on, Lars had this to say; "This is fucking sweet shit man! I get to hit people with my flashlight!"


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Make sense (2)

Dionysus (12737) | more than 13 years ago | (#744615)

If the real storyline in any way resembles the fake ones on the site, he could have been sued for not given credit (remember the Spielberg movie, Amistad a couple of years back. He got sued even though the movie was based on a historic event, and then we have the Eddie Murphy movie, Back to America (?), Whoopie Goldberg's "Sister Act". Lots of examples).

*sigh* (4)

MouseR (3264) | more than 13 years ago | (#744616)

Grow up people.

If the story board would end up on the web, even if only remotelly accurate, it would spill the beans and spoil the movie.

Worse yet, it could bring a whole slew of cheap knock-offs, making episode 2 a lesser success or surprise. Case to the point: Antz vs Bugs Life.

Or perhaps you'd all want the storyboard open-sourced?

Lesse what kind of movie you can do in your basement, with your big brother's Sony digital camera.

(Admitedly, though, this would probably be the only source of a satisfying Jar Jar Bink death scene...)

Explain this to me? (2)

jgerman (106518) | more than 13 years ago | (#744617)

How is it wwrong for fansites to publish leaked information. It seems to me that if information leaked, Lucas has no one to go after but the employee who leaked it. Once that information is out I'd think freedom of speech takes over.
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