×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

cancel ×
This is a preview of your comment

No Comment Title Entered

Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago

No Comment Entered

329 comments

I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913323)

.. cause really - he's just too good for what Star Wars has become.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913421)

.. cause really - he's just too good for what Star Wars has become.

Well he was part of what Indiana Jones has become.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (3)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about a year ago | (#42913771)

True enough. But his acting wasn't the problem with that movie. Karen Allen wasn't bad either. It was, well, parts of the plot, the script, and that weasely little fellow who wore black leather was swinging in the trees with the monkeys. For his part, Harrison Ford made that movie more palatable than any of the prequels since he, at least, was still likable.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (4, Funny)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#42914043)

Both Han Solo and Indie are action heroes though, and I mean let's face it, not too many people in their 70s make for an inspiring action hero. They can play almost any other role but there's a physical element to the two fisted pulp role.

Obviously Sean Connery is the exception to that rule.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | about a year ago | (#42914159)

In our new era of HGH fueled older action stars he may be able to pull it off. Between that and the camera swinging around everywhere.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914593)

Just add CGI. Moar biggerer.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (4, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | about a year ago | (#42914485)

Both Han Solo and Indie are action heroes though, and I mean let's face it, not too many people in their 70s make for an inspiring action hero. They can play almost any other role but there's a physical element to the two fisted pulp role.

Obviously Sean Connery is the exception to that rule.

Alec Guinness pulled it off as old Ben Kenobi in Episode 4. They are after all swinging light sabers not steel broadswords. :-)

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#42914535)

Liam Neeson seems to be doing well as an action hero, at only 10 years younger than Harrison Ford.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (1)

ebinrock (1877258) | about a year ago | (#42914713)

Don't forget Bruce Willis, who just did the fifth Die Hard movie. He's gotta be an old fart by now.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (2)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a year ago | (#42914613)

Indiana Jones was awesome.
I loved the part, where Indy was on a plane and then he put an egg into the microwave, so that the stewaredess would come and clean it up.
You know, she was blocking Indy's path to the toilet before. But he outsmarted her.
Such an inspiring movie.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (1)

meerling (1487879) | about a year ago | (#42914335)

He's so freaking old now that for him to play Han, they're going to have to put that bajillion dollars into the computer animated version of him because his wrinkled and leathery face can't play the part unless they say he got aged 300 years by a sith or something. Same with Mark Hamil playing Luke Skywalker again.
They are just too damn old for their original castings.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (4, Insightful)

mrbester (200927) | about a year ago | (#42914421)

When as old as Han Solo you get, look as good you will not.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (4, Insightful)

Reapy (688651) | about a year ago | (#42914585)

Aren't they moving into the next generation of characters? It is pretty easy for them to play their characters aged the same as the actors are, han grows up in the star wars world the same way harrison ford does.

Re:I hope they paid him a bajillion dollars.... (5, Funny)

bitt3n (941736) | about a year ago | (#42914451)

.. cause really - he's just too good for what Star Wars has become.

He belongs in a museum!

This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913327)

Horrible.... I remember when Star Wars was amazing... It's been dying a slow death the last 15 years

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (4, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#42913417)

Yes, but why was it dying? I'm convinced it's declining health was largely due to no one having the balls to tell George Lucas what parts of his movies were salvageable and which parts were absolutely shit.

Like, anyone working on Episode one. Pod racing specifically. Anyone say "Hey, uh, maybe we cut pod racing down to a few minutes. Or out entirely?" Jar Jar Binks. Anyone mention to George that putting a minstrel in Star Wars was idiotic? No, of course not. He's fucking George Lucas. Nevermind that he had a lot of help making the movies that were decent.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (4, Insightful)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year ago | (#42913503)

the pod race was the most entertaining part of the entire film.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2)

witherstaff (713820) | about a year ago | (#42913739)

The sandpeople sniping pod racers was the best part of the whole movie. At least that's the scene I remember from watching it once.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914407)

We got back them in SWTOR.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (3, Interesting)

xevioso (598654) | about a year ago | (#42913561)

Now, now. There was nothing wrong with the pod racing, at least compared to anything in the original trilogy. It was all the other crap. In facyt, in the Red letter Media review of the movies, I don't think Mr. Plinkett really rails on the Pod Racing at all. The stupid wager Qui-Gonn makes BEFORE the racing, now that was dumb. I actually remember the pod racing as being the best part of the movie.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a year ago | (#42913617)

At least Pod Racing gave us StarWars:PodRacer.
That was a pretty entertaining, though simple game. And it ran fluid on my trash PC.

I was going to say the same thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914381)

The pod racing game was awesome.
However, the SNES or N64 version of it blew the PC version out of the water control-wise. The PC controls were always slightly clunky, keyboard or controller, but the gameplay itself was superb. My only major gripe with it was making the courses so hard that you'd regularly crash, and then just get to pick right back up in that part of the track. If they'd had a 'realism' option, where you only got one life and maybe either widened the tracks or toned down the enemy AI it would've been perfect (and far more immersive.)

Honestly, much like the hobbit, and the new star trek film, Ep VII is going to be one of those things I leave for when I'm stuck at somebody's house with cable, or when some friend with the dvd really wants to watch it again.

Also, I just wanted to add the biggest fubar of Eps1-3 was INTENTIONALLY throwing away the 'popularly canonical' details that had been created in how many hundreds of novels written for the star wars universe? Boba Fett's origins from Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, various force related stuff from almost every book and RPG supplement out then, forcing in every long lived Ep4-6 character (Fett, Jabba, C3PO, R2D2, Chewbacca, probably a few minor characters I didn't catch). And of course the biggest one: Shifting the Clone wars from 50-70 years in the past to at most 30. (Seriously, neither Vader/Anakin, Palpatine, Obi-wan, nor (but only in context of the updated Ep4 with Jabba walking scene) Jabba appeared to age right for a mere 30 years. And judging by Owen's comments Obi-wan was stated to be so old that he was probably dead. (Which certainly was the appearance Alec gave in his performance. He was still sprightly, but he was obviously an aged man well up in his years.)

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913629)

was largely due to no one having the balls to tell George

Nope. George is by now completely devoid of ideas. So there's all these motherfuckers that surround him and give him ideas. And, just drunk with the popularity he enjoys, George says "Sure! Let's do that," and then the true hearts cringe at the catastrophe of film.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (5, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#42913661)

The problem was that Lucas was too rich and too capable of doing whatever he wanted regardless of input. It was a hard fast rule of the original trilogy that the better the film, the less Lucas directly had to do with it. The problem with the prequels is that Lucas was deeply involved. He was literally able, especially by the prequels, to do anything he wanted it, and did it all to excess. The prequels had every flaw in Lucas's inabilities with plotting and dialogue that the old films did, but magnified many times over.

But worst of all, even under good direction, I think the prequels would have been lame. We already knew the outline of what had happened; that the Old Republic fell, that the Emperor perverted Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader, that Skywalker's children had been separated so that the Emperor could not gain both of them. The prequels were inevitably going to be little more than a "fill in the blanks" exercise, and would be necessarily anticlimactic. But Lucas could even do that exercise right; throwing in midichlorians, pointless characters, theme worlds and dull chase scenes, not to mention not even being able to stick to the elements of the story line as they stood at the end of RotJ. One of the most jarring things to me was Padme dying immediately after giving birth to Luke and Leia, when we know from RotJ that Leia was old enough to vaguely remember her mother.

I have some hope that a return of the original main characters and under solid new direction with writers not hampered by Lucas's problems and desire to transform Star Wars from Hidden Fortress In Space to some sort of political statement, this new trilogy can at least recapture some of the old spirit.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2, Insightful)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about a year ago | (#42913835)

You're spot on, but I always took that part in ROTJ to think she was speaking of her adoptive mother.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914639)

Which is the only explanation that would make sense. That is, if it weren't for the fact that Luke specifically asks about her real mother. Or maybe Lucas changed the dialogue for that scene as well and I'm remembering it the "wrong" way...

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | about a year ago | (#42913857)

You know, I wonder if Lucas understood that the prequels would necessarily be a "fill in the blanks" excercise and tried to avert that with all that added shit that nobody liked. I don't think he's by any means as completely out of touch as many think. I think he's every bit is incompetent as your post portrays him though so I think he tried to fill out the already carved in stone narrative with bad ideas not knowing the difference between good ideas and bad ones anymore.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2)

Xphile101361 (1017774) | about a year ago | (#42914045)

But worst of all, even under good direction, I think the prequels would have been lame. We already knew the outline of what had happened; that the Old Republic fell, that the Emperor perverted Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader, that Skywalker's children had been separated so that the Emperor could not gain both of them. The prequels were inevitably going to be little more than a "fill in the blanks" exercise, and would be necessarily anticlimactic

Based upon watching The Clone Wars TV series, I have to disagree. You walk into the series knowing all of the key points about main characters and the war as a whole, republic wins, Palpatine is secretly a sith, etc. Almost every episode is better than any prequel movie when it comes to plot, dialogue and characters. If this team would have been given the reigns to develop the prequel movies and Lucas only played a consulting role... I think the galaxy far far away would have been much better.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#42914497)

Oh, I think the prequels could have been done better, but ultimately we know how the story goes, and most importantly we know the ending. Certainly better writers could have told it far far better, but I still think that sequels are ultimately going to stand up better than prequels.

The chief problem now is whether they're going to deal with the bazillion novels and comics that make up the Expanded Universe. If they try to fit these films into that universe, they may suffer a lot of the same problems the prequels had. If they don't, a lot of expanded universe fans are going to be pissed.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (3, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#42914721)

Knowing the ending doesn't make the journey necessarily less enjoyable. I've re-read books. I've re-watched movies. Knowing the ending (without knowing the plot) isn't an issue. Even knowing the plot isn't a show-stopper. Shakespeare is still popular, curiously more popular among those who have read it. So those who know the plot best enjoy it most.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914049)

Remember the digital added effects version of IV was "The Star Wars" that Lucas wanted to make but there was not the technology to do so. Also excellent editing made the film well paced rather than the clunkers that he came out with when he had not the same editors.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#42914115)

I think we all long ago came to grips with the fact that what Lucas says "I originally intended" has always been highly variable.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about a year ago | (#42914513)

The problem was that Lucas was too rich and too capable of doing whatever he wanted regardless of input. It was a hard fast rule of the original trilogy that the better the film, the less Lucas directly had to do with it. The problem with the prequels is that Lucas was deeply involved. He was literally able, especially by the prequels, to do anything he wanted it, and did it all to excess. The prequels had every flaw in Lucas's inabilities with plotting and dialogue that the old films did, but magnified many times over.

The problem isn't that Lucas had input, it's that essentially no one else did. All writers have a blind spot with their own writing. You need an extra set of critical eyes – someone to look over the script and say "This doesn't make any sense" or "This part just isn't entertaining" or "We need more reason for the audience to care about plot point X".

Letting a writer/director have full control over the creative process is usually a disaster. Google "Heaven's Gate" for one particularly egregious example – $40 million (in 1980 dollars!) squandered on a mediocre, 3.5-hour Western that no one really wanted to see.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

keith_nt4 (612247) | about a year ago | (#42914539)

I disagree with the idea that the prequels could only be a fill-in-the blank affair: the same could have been said for the LotRs trilogy but it still managed to be turned into something enjoyable with near-universal appeal (Pippen and Merry seem to have their own following, for instance) even though whether you read the book(s) or not the ending seemed like a fore-gone conclusion.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Reapy (688651) | about a year ago | (#42914669)

Not to mention star wars was the star destroyers, storm troopers, xwings, tie fighters, and generally a junked up craft design, instead we get like 1980's portrayal of 'future tech' sleek and glossy crap designs, and not a single thing of the star wars set / ship design that made star wars, star wars.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (5, Insightful)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#42913727)

What??? No pod racing? You don't understand the Star Wars formula. Every movie has to have a vertigo inducing chase that forces some of us to turn away from the big screen.

IV -- trench run attack on the Death Star.
V -- attack on Hoth, cockpit views
VI -- speeders through the forest (actually redwoods in NorCal, which everyone should visit at least once)

Pod racing held true to the formula. Unfortunately, I was so turned off by everything *else* in that movie that I couldn't muster the interest to see the others. I don't know if they had good big screen freek-out chases or not. That was just part of the beauty of those movies though. They could give you the 3-d freakout without glasses.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#42914177)

OMG you're a genius! Lucas has been rehashing the same "vehicles moving at high speed" formula for 30 years!

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Aqualung812 (959532) | about a year ago | (#42914433)

I - Pod Race
II - Chase in skycars after assassin in Coruscant
III - Battle above Coruscant to capture Count Dooku

You're welcome. Good point, though. I don't suffer from the same issues, but after you pointed them out, they're hard to miss.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (5, Interesting)

TrippTDF (513419) | about a year ago | (#42913749)

Star Wars may be the brainchild of Lucas, but Gary Kurtz is what gave it its soul. My theory is that once Kurtz and Lucas split after Empire, the franchise was toast. Kurtz wanted Jedi to be much darker, Lando and the Falcon were to be destroyed during the battle, and no happy teddy bear celebration at the end. In my mind, this would have been a much more powerful film.

If you look at the tone of Jedi, especially the Ewoks, it is easy to see that Lucas was starting to get no critical feedback of his ideas. Kurtz filled this role. Without him, the franchise falls apart and we wind up with the crap that was the prequels. Lucas is a terrible director on his own. Just awful.

This is why I have high hopes for Ep. 7- Lucas is out the door, and Abrams probably understands what Star Wars means to the fans better than Lucas ever did. I just hope that Ford's role isn't too similar to Nemoy's role in Abram's Star Trek movie... a star cameo that helps our protagonist when he needs it most.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914051)

This is why I have high hopes for Ep. 7- Lucas is out the door, and Abrams probably understands what Star Wars means to the fans better than Lucas ever did. I just hope that Ford's role isn't too similar to Nemoy's role in Abram's Star Trek movie... a star cameo that helps our protagonist when he needs it most.

Just imagine, speeders through a forest, but with Solar Flares.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#42914149)

In my mind, this would have been a much more powerful film.

It would to my mind have been a much more confused film. The original movies were black and white, good and bad, clean cut heroic fantasy. Introducing nuances like the rough diamond hero perishing would have jarred even more than Jar Jar.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#42913813)

Lucas sold $2 billion in merchandising rights. You need pod races for toy pod cars, dolls, and 2-headed announcers.

I'm not saying its awesome ("Roger, Roger!" -- The joke so funny Lucas used it twice!), but the tail wags the dog here. Expect even more of the same.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (4, Insightful)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | about a year ago | (#42913829)

Nobody told Christopher Nolan how awful the last Batman film was with like, 90 minutes of pure pablum.
Nobody told Peter Jackson how awful The Hobbit, episode 1 was with like, 2 hours of pure cgi wanking.
Nobody told JJ Abrams how completely ridiculous the screenplay to Star Trek was by... AGAIN!!! using time travel... and Spock Prime(Spock Prime? What is that, where you get your time travel even faster?)

We have entered a new realm here, a realm where directors ruin films that could be great, but end up ok, or passable.
Why?
Because they can't help themselves, and there is an "Emperor Wears no Clothes" mindset with these guys.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#42914285)

And, nobody told you the difference between hyperbolic, headline-grabbing crucifixion and thoughtful criticism. Most of these sci-fi movies that induce Slashdot nerd rage seems to somehow build up a big fan base, revenue, and many-many repeat viewings. Yet, the critically acclaimed sci-fi flicks get nothing more than quiet whimpering over how poor the quality is of your pirated copy.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

hal2814 (725639) | about a year ago | (#42913969)

Two characters from Star Wars were completely and totally awesome: Han Solo and Darth Vader. Han wasn't in the prequels at all. Vader got maybe 5 minutes of screen time and IIRC Vader doesn't even force choke someone, threaten people, or do any other badassery in that 5 minutes. He just whines and breaks stuff. The decision to bring back just about everyone in the Star Wars universe except for its two resident badasses is just as terrible as all of those Police Academy movies that happened after Steve Guttenberg said "Fuck it. I'm outta here." Tackleberry is cool but he can't carry a movie.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Howitzer86 (964585) | about a year ago | (#42914087)

What's unfortunate about Jar Jar is that his character design was in my opinion - really fricken good. He's also the only one of his kind who acts like a damned sideshow. His character could have easily be changed to be more useful and more like the others. Perhaps he could have been an honorable but slightly clumsy warrior or something. Something perhaps more deserving of that senate seat he would get later on.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Bucc5062 (856482) | about a year ago | (#42914741)

you mean like Gimli in LOTR. I read the book,watched the movie and wondered who taht short funny character was for it was not Gimli. More like Gimli's brother goofy.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#42914779)

News flash.... The character of Jar Jar isn't supposed to be a particularly likeable one... he's supposed to be an incompetent goof whose gullibility directly leads to Senator Palpatine's ascent to power as Emperor.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (2)

poity (465672) | about a year ago | (#42914345)

Anyone say "Hey, uh, maybe we cut pod racing down to a few minutes. Or out entirely?"

George: Rick, fire that man, we're doing the scene.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913485)

It was, is and always will a children's series.

It isn't for the fanboys.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913507)

Horrible.... I remember when Star Wars was amazing... It's been dying a slow death the last 15 years

Or maybe you grew older and had more to compare it against. The kiddies with simple palettes and little experience seem to like episodes 1-3, much as we did when we were children during episode 4 and teenagers during episode 5. YMMV.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (4, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#42914001)

I am old enough to remember watching Episode IV in the theater in its first run in 1977 (mainly remember my dad going "Wow!" a lot). And yes, when I was a kid, Star Wars was the THING. I remember my dad buying my brother and I our first figurines; Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Obiwan, Chewbacca , Princess Leia and a Storm Trooper, in the days before toys had to be safe and they came with little tiny detachable guns. I was very popular when I brought them to school.

I recently rewatched all six films from prequels through to original trilogy. I'll freely admit that Episode IV is pretty cheesy, but no worse than your average cowboy film, and part of its charm lies in the underlying goofiness. The most awkward parts of the first film are the Jedi mysticism, and I can imagine Alec Guinness coughing on some of the neo-hippy lines Obiwan was spouting. The second one, other than the Hoth battle which went on a little long, is by far still the best. In RotJ, the whole Jabba's Palace sequence just takes too long, but once we're into the action, it's a pretty decent film with an ending that ties up the loose ends.

The prequels just don't stand up. Elements are not bad, in particular Ewan McGregor's casting as Obiwan and the return of Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine. I won't go into how awful Jar Jar is, or how bad an actor Hayden Christensen is. Suffice it to say that, pull all the flash, and these are inferior works made by a guy who had made what was originally a whiz-bang set of adventure films with characters that you could care about, and turned into a ponderous bad-dialogue laden set of films where you really couldn't give a shit by the end if Padme died or whether Anakin became Darth Vader or not.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | about a year ago | (#42914073)

Horrible.... I remember when Star Wars was amazing... It's been dying a slow death the last 15 years

Or maybe you grew older and had more to compare it against. The kiddies with simple palettes and little experience seem to like episodes 1-3, much as we did when we were children during episode 4 and teenagers during episode 5. YMMV.

That;s the problem with memories.

You remember the original trilogy as being amazing and fantastic. And they were -- by 1977 standards. 35 years later, not so much. What you are actually remembering is not the movie itself but the feeling of amazement you felt when you first saw it.

Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#42914413)

You remember the original trilogy as being amazing and fantastic. And they were -- by 1977 standards. 35 years later, not so much. What you are actually remembering is not the movie itself but the feeling of amazement you felt when you first saw it.

I think they've stood up pretty well to the test of time. Part of that is that CGI still doesn't look real, the models used in the movies ring truer. Another part is there was no effort to try to produce something complicated in terms of plot, this was sheer larger than life pulp, end of story, and this is what a lot of people don't get - trying to make it more sophisticated wrecks that timeless effect, as we saw with the prequels. This world was never meant to be nuanced, it's a fairy tale in the best possible sense.

I'd say if the movies were released for the first time tomorrow, they'd do just as well.

New generation? (3, Insightful)

Joehonkie (665142) | about a year ago | (#42913339)

Is he going to pass on his legacy to his son, played by Shia LeBoeuf?

Re:New generation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913439)

Is he going to pass on his legacy to his son, played by Shia LeBoeuf?

"...millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror..."

Re:New generation? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913559)

No, actually to a younger version of himself. Long after Ep VI, the galactic core threatened to explode and destroy the Force. As the Falcon was the only ship fast enough to deliver the Blue Matter in time, Han Solo was chosen, but the explosion pulled him back in time instead - along with his Ewok copilot.

Re:New generation? (4, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#42913585)

Why is that child allowed to act?
What movie has he not screwed up?
He destroyed Indiana Jones, he got more screen time than the hot girl or the robots in transformers, and he still can't act.

Re:New generation? (2)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42914139)

Don't hate the playa, hate the game. Bad actors don't ruin movies -- producers who cast bad actors ruin movies. (And it's not Mr. LeBeouf's fault his parents named him Shia!)

Re:New generation? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#42914453)

That is a stupid statement and you should feel bad for saying it. If you are bad at a job it is immoral to take the position. If it was legal to stab people in the face who made that stupid statement you did I would not since it would be immoral.

He is over that age of majority and could change his dumb name at anytime.

Re:New generation? (1)

idontgno (624372) | about a year ago | (#42914825)

You give the young man too much credit. The move came pre-ruined for everyone's childhood memory destruction convenience.

Re:New generation? (1)

xevioso (598654) | about a year ago | (#42914817)

What movie HAS he screwed up? He's actually a fine actor. He brings a certain level of intensity to his roles, sure, but all things considered he's actually quite good. Watch him again in Transformers, which fanboys seem to hate, but which made a sesquipedillion dollars. I found him entirely believable, even if all the rest of the movie was not. I don't get the Shia hate around here.

Was going to star Jar Jar Binks (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#42913341)

But Han shot him first. In the face. Repeatedly.

Re:Was going to star Jar Jar Binks (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about a year ago | (#42913711)

But Han shot him first. In the face. Repeatedly.

A clause in the George Lucas / Disney deal prohibits Han from ever shooting first. Lucas insisted. Disney had no objection, characters destined to ride floats down Main St during Disneyland parades are not allowed to shoot first.

Well, of course... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913431)

How else is Abrams going to get that whole red matter / time travel loop going so he can reboot the entire franchise.

Can't wait for the first lightsaber lens flare.

Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (-1, Troll)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a year ago | (#42913505)

What is that thing?
And what was VII again? People should stop using roman numbers after III, that's when they become flawed.

Re:Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913635)

I am sorry but do to recent actions your nerd card has been revoked. You may reapply at a future date but don't hold your breath.

Re:Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a year ago | (#42913717)

Sorry, I deleted Star Wars from my nerd card feed a couple of years ago due to negative personal experiences with this formerly subscribed channel.
This must have made me miss further updates.

Re:Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914531)

Nerd cards are overrated anyway. All they say on them is that "This card entitles the bearer not to get laid". :-(

Re:Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913641)

I take it you can't count past 5.

Re:Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913741)

I'll assume for that you're not being sarcastic. Using the roman numerals is iconic, because that's what you see during the opening crawl of each SW movie. The very first film, Star Wars, opened with:

Episode IV

A new Hope

That's even before the first space ship enters the frame. I would say that the first iconic traditions of Star Wars were the font, the opening crawl, starting the crawl with "Episode [roman numeral]\n[episode title]", and the first scene being a ship in space. If you change any one of those elements, you'll start a new "Han Shot First" furor.

Re:Wait, what do you mean, Star Wars VII? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914021)

Except it didn't start with Episode IV until it was later "Lucased" in just like Han not shooting first!

I saw the script (5, Funny)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#42913623)

There's a new Death Star being built by the remnants of the trade federation army, being led by a young and brash Jedi (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who's being turned by the haunting apparitions of Emperor Palpatine and Count Dooku. To test their new, fully operational battle station, they use it to blow up Corellia, killing most of the inhabitants. As the Millennium Falcon sweeps in, piloted by Chewbacca and his protegee (Shia LaBeouf), to see if anyone survived, it's hit by a largish rectanguar piece of debris, causing the Falcon to yet again lose its precarious sensor dish. The Falcon sweeps around to see what hit them and pick it up, and they discover that Han Solo survived. He escaped in a Corellian intergalactic-class refrigerator that was flung from the explosion at less than 4 parsecs.

Re:I saw the script (2)

rgbscan (321794) | about a year ago | (#42913899)

Shia LaBooBoos better not be in any of these films. Or any more films period. He sucks so much. I can't stand watching any movie he's in.....

Re:I saw the script (2)

jimbolauski (882977) | about a year ago | (#42913981)

In the script I saw there were ewoks in the refrigerator, one had a crystal skull that opened a worm hole that allowed the force ghosts to come back to life.

But the real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913695)

Did he shoot first?

Nope (3, Funny)

crazyjj (2598719) | about a year ago | (#42913721)

That's it, I'm out.

Do not want to see an aging Han Solo sitting in a bar bragging about his glory days and complaining about his jedi bitch ex-wife.

Re:Nope (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year ago | (#42914521)

Personally, I'm of the exact opposite opinion. If you're gonna do an Episode VII, it has to have Han Solo in it. What I'm unsure of is bringing Harrison Ford back in. He was already a big part of ruining Indiana Jones for a current generation of moviegoers. I don't want to see a repeat performance with Star Wars.

Never give up... Never Surrender (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913737)

I hope Abrams is bringing in Commander Peter Quincy Taggert to save the movie and the day.

You hate it now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42913891)

But you're still be lined up on opening day. I won't be, but I think it'd be cool to see Ford in the movie regardless. If you want to be a whiny bitch, vote with your dollars, not with your keyboard.

Re:You hate it now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914089)

heh.. no, I think actually most of us won't be. Star Wars is for wannabe trend-style nerds, not the real smart people who do real things who tend to frequent slashdot. Most of use will get the first available HD rip and watch it in the comfort of our homes for the sake of curiosity, without the guilt associated with giving such a horrible franchise money.

Re:You hate it now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914555)

not the real smart people who do real things who tend to frequent slashdot.

Bahahahaha I'm sorry... what???

Disney (1)

synapse7 (1075571) | about a year ago | (#42914091)

I became very disappointed(I was trying to be optimistic) when Disney had c-3po(Poorly costumed) and r2d2 showing up in the disney kiddie shows that my kids watch, and I try to tolerate in the background. I want to say the show was Ant Farm... I thought the angry birds co-branding was as washed out as it could get, I was wrong.

Re:Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42914299)

I became very disappointed(I was trying to be optimistic) when Disney had c-3po(Poorly costumed) and r2d2 showing up in the disney kiddie shows that my kids watch, and I try to tolerate in the background. I want to say the show was Ant Farm... I thought the angry birds co-branding was as washed out as it could get, I was wrong.

To be fair, Angry Birds Star Wars IS pretty fun, if making a deliberate mockery of canon as it goes.

Ironic, then, that Rovio managed to figure out what Lucas FAILED to figure out and did a better job making something that's just plain fun out of his galaxy far, far away.

Harrison Ford back as ... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#42914215)

Han Solo, or Han Solo's dad? It has been quite a while since he was in a Star Wars film, and he isn't really readily recognizable as Han Solo any more. It might be easier to find a younger (or younger-looking) actor to take the role if you want it to make sense and not be a tale of Han Solo's retirement.

Re:Harrison Ford back as ... (4, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year ago | (#42914321)

Actually, a 70-year-old Han Solo sounds like an interesting character. I wonder where the hero of the rebellion would end up, 40 years later. If the screenwriters have the creativity and freedom to actually develop the character, that is. More likely we'll see a 70-year-old version of exactly the same 30-year-old smuggler, which would be a sad joke.

Fox news? Really? (-1, Troll)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about a year ago | (#42914271)

In that case we'll also need to believe that aliens were hired by the Taliban on behalf of the Obama administration to sabotage Romney's IT staff during the election.

You're all getting what you asked for (5, Interesting)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#42914399)

All the over-the-top criticisms about how much George Lucas sucked and how anyone could do a better job and how he's just milking the franchise (6 moves in 30 years and a handful of TV projects?). You're about to get pile drived by reality. You're going to see what it looks like when a corporation REALLY milks a franchise to get their 4 billion back in one CEO terms. You're going to see what a REAL mass-appeal version of Star Wars looks like with Disney-developed child stars and some schmuck producer's pet actress/mistress on the billboard. And, unlike the prequels, you're REALLY going to find out what it feels like to turn your back on a franchise instead of nerd raging about how you will after your last ThinkGeek purchase.

Load More Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...