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Another Star Wars Prequel?

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the when-will-it-end dept.

Star Wars Prequels 661

boarder8925 writes "George Lucas said he was finished with the Star Wars movies, but it seems George Lucas has an idea for another add-on to the Star Wars movie series: a prequel to The Phantom Menace. The story would follow the Jedi regaining control of the universe from the many Dark Lords some 88 years before Anakin Skywalker ever graced the universe. Yoda, who, according to Lucas, was instrumental in the effort, would apparently have a headlining role. However, Lucas, now age 60, says he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens."

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Hi! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642892)

Dear mods,

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MOD PARENT UP! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643000)

Double plus good!

Well, /. has one thing right... (4, Insightful)

achurch (201270) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642894)

"Nothing for you to see here. Please move along."

Re:Well, /. has one thing right... (3, Funny)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642993)

This is not the story you are looking for.

Hmm... (5, Funny)

shirai (42309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642899)

"However, Lucas, now age 60, says he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens."

Wow, the movie after Revenge of the Sith really is a new hope.

badah-ching!

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642953)

this is the funniest shit i've read ALL WEEK. mod it the hell up!

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

metricmusic (766303) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642997)

Unfortunately, after that it's 'The George Strikes Back' quickly followed by "Return of the Jardi".

Re:Hmm... (4, Interesting)

DenDave (700621) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643009)

Yah.. and the guy REALLY came up with it all is dead, his name was Frank Herbert....

Star Wars was rejected by moviemakers on first draft because of the plagiarism, only after a significant re-write did they want to go forward...

The real prequel is called Dune.

Re:Hmm... (5, Funny)

SamBeckett (96685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643039)

Use the spice, Luke. The spice is with you.

Re:Hmm... (1)

DenDave (700621) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643113)

Thank god Han Solo didn't sing! Patrick Stewart was bad enough as Guerney Halleck!!

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643133)

They'll send us to the spice mines of Kessel for sure...

Re:Hmm... (5, Funny)

LynXmaN (4317) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643025)

Maybe in this prequel we could see Jar Jar being born and turning irrevocably to the dumb side of the force
That could be interesting!

Re:Hmm... (5, Funny)

nokilli (759129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643026)

This is exactly what I warned about! [slashdot.org]

And what did I get for my efforts? Useless +1 Funny mods!?!

You should all mod me up +1 Insightful. I deserve it.

No really, I do. And you know I'm right.

Just do it.

Reverse! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642904)

Backwards, this Jedi works.

Re:Reverse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643037)

.skrow ideJ siht

i don't get it...

Sounds like good news... (3, Funny)

Pao|o (92817) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642905)

However, Lucas, now age 60, says he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens.

Yipeeeeeee!

No! (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642906)

No more SW prequels please! Would be interested however in seeing some subordinate stories like where do Han Solo and Chewbacca meetup between Episode III and IV and perhaps a story following Boba Fett's bounty hunter quests. THere are lots of good stories that could work within the characters Lucas has already presented but please, George, stop going back in time.

One would have thought that the Star Trek franchise was proof of how difficult that is to pull off.

Back to the future IV (1)

Ham_belony (820906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642979)

And combine it with the nutty professor

Re:No! (3, Interesting)

Olix (812847) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643068)

I'm not so anti SW prequels. Lucas has made a really impressive universe for his StarWars films, and it would be stupid to waste it.

What about if they made another trilogy of films following the example liad down by the game Knights of the Old Republic - set a triliogy in that same StarWars universe, with the already developed locations, mythlogy and nice Good versus Evil plot, but set it 1000 years in the past. You could have a whole new load of characters and focus the story in some Sith uprising or another. Oh, either avoid love scenes or get a director who can do them.

Re:No! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643122)

So you're in favour of Star Wars 3.5? You do know that it will bring a greater focus on miniatures than on roleplaying, and...

Lucas Retiring (1)

Baricom (763970) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642907)

However, Lucas, now age 60, says he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens.
Thank the Force.

A concerned fan. (0)

coop0030 (263345) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642908)

Dear Mr. Lucas,

I really like watching the movies about the Wars in the Stars, but I am concerned that you may be considering releasing too many movies upon us, thereby possibly ruining the overall greatness of the name Star Wars.

I am also worried about some of your true fans (some think Star Wars is real, shhhh). I think all hope is lost though on them.

Please consider my request (to save the true star Wars fans from themselves),

Sincerely,

A fan.

Re:A concerned fan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642941)

Then don't watch the movies if you don't like the way he makes them.

Re:A concerned fan. (1)

damsa (840364) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642962)

That's why I propose a series of specials rather than movies. I suggest a cartoon based on Jar Jar Binks. I also suggest a Christmas special entitled a A very special Wookie Christmas with musical numbers, a visit from Santa.

Oh wait.

This can only lead to good (3, Interesting)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642909)

The Star Wars franchise can only be rescued by Lucas' continued meddling in the storyline.

After Return of the Jedi, I didn't think there was a hope for the Trilogy, but now, with the latest three movies delivered, I realize that my feelings back then about the original movies were truly happy and optimistic.

Because Lucas was able to show me how far down the toilet he was willing to let the franchise go, I appreciate the original trilogy all the more. Even his remasters of the original three make me wax nostalgic for my childhood.

Well, duh! (2, Insightful)

samael (12612) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642910)

He's already got books, comics and computer games spread throughout his history, written by other people and controlled by him (so that they pretty much all fit together, with a few exceptions). There's no reason not to have films too.

But him not writing/directing them is a good thing - so long as they get someone in who _can_.

Re:Well, duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642998)

The books, comics, and video games have to get story elements approved by people working for Lucas. These people have done a reasonable job keeping '3rd party' Star Wars materials consistent with each other and with the movies. Lucas doesn't care about keeping new movies consistent with anything at all, including his previous movies (e.g. Midichlorian babbling, or the Death Star plans being pre-empire. According to previous canon, the Death Star was designed by Bevel Lemelisk on the Emperor's orders not long before ANH)

The more movies Lucas makes, the more he wrecks the Star Wars canon. If new movies are made by someone else, they should be made to conform with canon as well as possible.

Re:Well, duh! (1)

birdie1013 (848980) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643094)

Where in Ep III it is stated that this scene, where we see the Death Star skeleton, does not take place "not long before ANH" as you put it?

Re:Well, duh! (1)

Djatha (848102) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643036)

He's already got books

Yes, that is true. And to be honest, I like those books more than those movies. Okay, obviously there are more of them, so more fun. Actually the main advantage of those books is that the story is so much better. (Yeah, I know, the movies have no story at all)

The characters become real: they have a past, a present, other feelings than hate and love, etc. And moreover, the universe is so much bigger than just two spaceships and one world with strange creatures.

So, what about more new star wars books written by SF authors? I think that would be great :-)

Re:Well, duh! (1)

jilbert (520628) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643089)

so long as they get someone in who _can_

How about Joss Whedon? Or someone no-one has heard of yet. There must be hundreds of writers out there who would have killed to write the prequels, who could have thought of a half interesting story. Why? Oh, why? Oh why, oh why...

Sorry - still feeling angry after seeing ROTS last night. All those talented people dressing the film in its finest clothes, but with no story to hang them on.

Here's hoping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642911)

If he doesnt direct this prequel it might prove interesting, maybe as good as The Empire Strikes Back

Im hoping it would be made, but not by Lucas

Re:Here's hoping (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643040)

"Maybe as good as The Empire Strikes Back".

So, better than Attack of the Clones {obviously} and The Phantom Menace, but not quite as good as the original Star Wars or Return of the Jedi?

I'm not holding my breath, I've drier lentils to soak.

keep them coming (5, Funny)

Ham_belony (820906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642913)

I wouldn't mind a star wars with a lot less of the original characters, lets say none of them.

Re:keep them coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643044)

Your post clashes with the Slashdot community's desire for more Natalie Portman's hot grits. for shame

~kalinga

*groan* (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642914)

And a thousand slashbots cried out as one, and unfortunately, weren't silenced, as somehow George Lucas has 'runied their childhood' and myriad other whinings....

On the bright side... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642918)

it CAN'T be any worse than The Phantom Menace...

From the article in case it gets /.'ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642921)

George Lucas said he was finished with the Star Wars movies. Ebert didn't believe him, Karina didn't get it, but more importantly - WE wanted more. Stupid Us. It seems George Lucas told a scooper that he has an idea for another add-on to the Star Wars movie series: a prequel to The Phantom Menace. The story would follow the Jedi regaining control of the universe from the many Dark Lords some 88 years before Anakin Skywalker ever graced the universe. Yoda, who, according to Lucas, was instrumental in the effort, would apparently have a headlining role. However, Lucas, now age 60, says he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens.

What's up with samzenpus? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642923)

I've never heard of "samzenpus" but he's been the only one posting stories for the past 12 hours. Do we have a new ghost editor? And, he's actually editing (I'm not seeing the typical typos in the stories he's approved)?

All hail samzenpus, he's doing a good job.

For a change .. (1)

earthstar (748263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642925)

For a change , Lucas,why not make something new like Sun Wars instaed of Star Wars?

Copyright Reserved.zvpivcw

Re:For a change .. (1)

WaRrK (807996) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643002)

would that involve Sun, Microsoft and Java? I don't think that would have the same popular appeal as the other movies!

No need (2, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642927)

Just shoehorn The Dark Crystal into Star Wars mythology. We've already got muppets, and a young hero on a quest. We just need a special edition with a couple of lightsaber fights.

Re:No need (4, Funny)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643030)

I nominate Billie Piper to play the Gelfling heroine. She doesn't even need makeup.

Re:No need (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643073)

I had never seen the Dark Crystal, so I googled it up. Egads man, you are right!
Billie Piper [bbc.co.uk]
Gelfling heroine [fortunecity.com]

MMMMOOoooooooo!! (5, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642931)

That's the sound of this cashcow being milked dry!

And this time.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642932)

the fans will shoot first

What else to say than... (4, Funny)

ArcticCelt (660351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642934)

What else to say than...

"Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!"

Another Trilogy? (5, Funny)

teh moges (875080) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642938)

So will the next move to come out be Episode -II?

Re:Another Trilogy? (3, Funny)

jjares (141954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642982)

Actually, a new hope is the true number 7, the phantom menace is number 4... you can see it clearly in the scrolling text in the new 3d versions.

No matter how hard I try (5, Funny)

weavermatic (868696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642943)

I just can't squeeze any blood from this stone!

How about going even further back in time (1)

Ham_belony (820906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642945)

To the point where voyager I passed the termination shock.....

Re:How about going even further back in time (1)

Ham_belony (820906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642963)

That caused a ripple in the force......

Re:How about going even further back in time (2, Funny)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643008)

That would be in the (star wars) future as even in the first film (at time of release voyager had not realy go that far) it was set a long time ago;

Re:How about going even further back in time (2, Funny)

Jamu (852752) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643011)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Which is unusual in that usually Sci-Fi is set in the future. But, anyway, you'd have to go forward in time to find voyager I.

misread? (5, Funny)

adagioforstrings (192285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642946)

he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens

I misread that as captaining such shit at first. And then I thought, maybe I'm not misreading it.

Episode 0? (1)

ZxCv (6138) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642947)

I mean, really, what will Lucas pull out of his ass next?

Re:Episode 0? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642986)

himself shooting first?

thank you thank you! walks off to puke

Its a (0)

JustOK (667959) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642950)

trap!

The one I'd like to see (2, Interesting)

GomezAdams (679726) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642955)

I'd like to see how they discover midi-chlorians and the origins of the Jedi. Just thinking. If not, I've seen all the Star Wars I need for one life time.

Re:The one I'd like to see (2, Interesting)

drb_chimaera (879110) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643060)

Personally the thing I'd like to see is the development of the Rebellion against the Empire - I'd love it if the supposed TV series set between Eps III and IV looked into this - I think it could be fascinating if done right...

Re:The one I'd like to see (5, Funny)

OverflowingBitBucket (464177) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643081)

I'd like to see how they discover midi-chlorians

Holy crap! Lucas actually posts on Slashdot!

Star Wars Universe (1)

SirSmiley (845591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642967)

is it just me or am I the only one who enjoys the star wars universe while hating every single movie in the series (i like the video games thats all i really care about (kotor 1 and 2, jedi knight series)? These movies are so milking the cash cow that they need a whole new setting and characters such as in knights of the old republic era

Finally (5, Funny)

CleverNickedName (644160) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642971)

We'll see what the hell Yoda is. My money's on "bald Ewok".

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643079)

My guess is he's what Kermit will look like when after 800 years.

Could be interesting. (4, Insightful)

TiggsPanther (611974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642974)

Could also stand a good chance of being done right. Personally I enjoyed Episodes I & II (not seen RoTS yet), but I can see the main problem with them - which wouldn't be so pronounced in a much earlier prequel.

Episodes I through III were dealing in the too recent past directly dealing with known characters who many older fans have had 20 years to come up with their own theories about.

Now a pre-Phantom-Menace film wouldn't have quite so much "known" events to deal with. It would be somewhat harder to really jar with people's own perceptions of what could have happened. Plus if Lucas did step back and leave such a prequel to someone else it might well end up better than the current prequels. Not many people can create good stories in on their own - and even those who do don't (usually) do films on their own.
Editors, screenwriters, directors. As long as they're not all at odds then they stand a better chance of coming up with a great finished product.

Re:Could be interesting. (3, Insightful)

theefer (467185) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643107)

Episodes I through III were dealing in the too recent past directly dealing with known characters who many older fans have had 20 years to come up with their own theories about.


No.

I just saw Episode III last night and it was just as I thought: plain, without any originality or feelings. Bad.

The reason why Episodes I-III are so bad has nothing to do with the fans. Nothing to do with them growing up, their imagination, or whatever. It has to do with George Lucas' (in)ability to screenplay and direct a movie. The dialogues are pathetic from beginning to end (not to mention the love scenes), the actors (though all capable of excellent performances) look bored as hell as they walk through the ridiculous evolution of their character. The complexity of the storyline is as astounding as you would expect from a 13 year-old boy, without any surprise or depth. Most of it is an excuse to visit dozens of various environments, rendered by gorgeous yet overused FX.

There is not a single tiny bit of emotion in these three movies, although that 3rd movie was supposed to be the emotional apotheosis of the saga, with the beloved Anakin turning to the Dark Side, Padme dying, etc. But instead, the spectator is too busy bitching at how Lucas screw up those parts by putting them together in the most primitive, easy way one could think of.

There is no talent in here. George Lucas was simply not good enough a director to make these prequels worth watching, let alone enjoyable. The same thing happened with the Matrix Trilogy, brilliant at first but then spoiled by the greed of the Wachowsky Brothers who couldn't handle the breadth of what they had started. Many praise to Peter Jackson built his trilogy with true genius.

Maybe a Star Wars pre-prequel could be interesting as long as Lucas stays away from it.

I call foul (1)

Mithrandir86 (884190) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642976)

This flys in the face of all the Expaned Universe stuff as well as the "the Sith have been extinct for a milinea" stuff in the Phantom Menace.

However, I'm all for it if he writes the storyline, but leaves the actual implementation to other sources.

What I'm really hoping for, though, is a cinematic adaption of Zahn's Thrawn series, which had interesting developments, tension, and character development, space battles, etc.

Plot point! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12642978)

Yoda shoots first ...and seeds obi-1!

Star Wars PC - now you can super-geek it! (0, Redundant)

Lurks (526137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642990)

And perhaps a little more Slashdot like, seems that these guys [alienware.co.uk] (beware irritating Flash) make a Star Wars branded PC. .com for the US site of course. Which is kinda cool if dorky but the neat thing is, burried within their site is a competition to win one.

It's here [alienware.co.uk] . I guess they'd rather people bought one than winning one which is fair enough! Not sure if there's a competition on the US web site.

Return of the originals? (1)

oneandoneis2 (777721) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642995)

If GL can go back on his "There will be no more SW movies", then maybe he'll also go back on his "There will be no release of the originals"

I was thinking a while ago: Having only recently released ep. IV-VI on DVD, how will he convince anybody to buy the collection of all six? (I'm sure nobody doubts such a collection is on the way)

Possible answer: Have the ORIGINAL versions of IV-VI plus the new I-III films, and you can GAURANTEE that SW fans everywhere will buy the six-pack: New fans for the new films, and old fans for the original old ones.

It would be a brilliant marketing scheme: Say "The originals will never be sold" so everybody buys the remastered versions, then release the originals so everybody will buy them as well.

Or am I too cynical?

Slashdot is being overly descriptive! (1)

RemovableBait (885871) | more than 9 years ago | (#12642996)

"from the when-will-it-end dept."

Got it in one...

I can only think of my first comment when ROTS came out: "Back to the start, we are. Wasted our time, we did"...

Ideas (1)

Eminence (225397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643017)

Many people have many ideas set in the Star Wars universe. The problem might be various copyrights and such - but even if these would not be an obstacle someone would have to act as a keeper of the storyline to differentiate the canon from the rest.

This particular idea is not in line with what is known now. Sith, as far as it was revealed in the episodes already made, has no organizational structure and apparently consists always of one master and one apprentice. Where would many Sith lords come from?

Of course, it is not the first time Lucas changes his mind about his universe. Seeing episode IV after the III shows clearly that back then Lucas had no idea whatsoever of his characters past. Ben Kenobi doesn't recognize rather unique droids he encountered already in the past, Vader seems to be subordinate of Tarkin, numerous C3PO's in various colors walk around etc. etc.

I think a much more interesting idea would be to create counter-SW series. Consider for a moment that Jedi are evil and Sith is good AND all those movies are propaganda inspired by a Jedi runaway. There were no mass murders. There were no shady dealings. Vader is not crippled, he just wears this outfit in combat situations. Sidious is not deformed or evil, he's just a good administrator. Etc. Don't you think turning it upside down and creating a story along this lines, debunking so to speak "Jedi myths" could produce a thrilling - and refreshing - story?

Re:Ideas (4, Insightful)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643053)

Vader seems to be subordinate of Tarkin

According to the backstory, Tarkin was challenging Palpatine for Emperor at one point, so this could be correct.

What's more puzzling is why Palpatine keeps Vader on the payroll at all, when he allows the Death Star to be destroyed, lets Luke escape in ESB and is clearly treacherous ("join me, and we will rule the galaxy as father and son"). I'd have relegated him to droid-polishing duties after Ep IV.

Re:Ideas (1)

oneandoneis2 (777721) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643086)

why Palpatine keeps Vader on the payroll at all, when he allows the Death Star to be destroyed, lets Luke escape in ESB

That wasn't his fault - after all, "the Force is strong with this one" ;o)

and is clearly treacherous ("join me, and we will rule the galaxy as father and son")

In one of the books (I forget which one) this was actually explained. Vader had brought Luke to the brink of the Dark Side by angering him, making him too powerful to beat (after all, he DID get a slice in to Vader's shoulder). So he broke Luke's anger by revealing himself to be Luke's father and offering him alliance.

Seems plausible to me: A Sith lying to gain advantage over an opponent. . .

Re:Ideas (2, Insightful)

Eminence (225397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643102)

Vader seems to be subordinate of Tarkin

According to the backstory, Tarkin was challenging Palpatine for Emperor at one point, so this could be correct.

This makes no sense, since Vader knows best that a guy not familiar with the ways of the Force can't even get near being a threat for the Emperor.

What's more puzzling is why Palpatine keeps Vader on the payroll at all, when he allows the Death Star to be destroyed, lets Luke escape in ESB and is clearly treacherous ("join me, and we will rule the galaxy as father and son"). I'd have relegated him to droid-polishing duties after Ep IV.

This is quite clear and can be easily explained within the known canonical storyline.

Being treacherous against your master is a behavior for a Sith apprentice, after all the only way to get promoted to a Sith Lord is by slaying your master. Any good Sith apprentice is expected to plot to kill his master at some point. So, this is part of the game and who would know it better than Sidious, who has been there?

But this is not as simple as that, of course. Some of the things Vader/Anakin says that are apparently against the Sidious/Palpatine are just a deception aimed at a particular person - as it was shown in EP III.

Anyway, in this situation Sidious can't get rid of Vader. He needs an apprentice. He has his own plot to get Luke as the new one, but to achieve this he needs Luke to slay Vader. For him it's a win-win situation - one of them would remain to serve him. He can't predict, of course, that Vader would turn into Anakin again and kill him.

BTW apparently, the advancement in the Sith is only by slaying - first you have to kill a Sith apprentice to become one. Then you have to kill your Sith master to become one yourself. Nice clan, indeed.

Re:Ideas (1)

ruebarb (114845) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643101)

probably not gonna happen,

but the fan film Troops was pretty damn funny - in that, you're watching Stormtroopers on Tatooine in a regular day, just like a camera crew follows Cops -

it ends up they blast the Jawa's for resisting arrest and fleeing, and the killing of Uncle Owen/Aunt Beru was a domestic dispute they broke up when Beru came out with a thermal detonator to get that SOB of a husband she had...

sorta put a funny spin on the whole thing -

RB

Is it just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643018)

Don't you get tired of these Ask Slashdots? I mean, "Another Star Wars Prequel?"... How would we know? We're not your accountants, George.

Please - no more ! - 6 is already 3 too many ... (-1, Flamebait)

bushboy (112290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643020)

I think the world has had enough of Star Wars to last the rest of time.

I, for one, welcome the demise of this shoddy space "epic" that became just one big money spinner with little else to show.

Wooden dialouge, wooden acting, wretched fans trying to convince themselves that what they are watching is classic cinema, when it's just commercial exploitation.

Ah well, this will be modded down as troll or flamebait by the rabid stars wars geeks that infest Slashdot.

Give me Serenity any day of the week over the BS Lucas has spewed out of his rear orifice.

Re:Please - no more ! - 6 is already 3 too many .. (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643090)

If you don't like it, don't watch it. But how about you shut the fuck up and let those of us that do, get excited?

Stike 1 ! (0, Flamebait)

bushboy (112290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643104)

There we have the first Star Wars Geek to take a strike - I'm sure they wished they had some moderator points.

Classic pointless answer to my classic pointless post - ahh, just so easy to reel um in !

Cmon up, I'm ready for Strike 2 !

Re:Please - no more ! - 6 is already 3 too many .. (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643099)

If you don't want another three, don't watch it if they're made. Simple as that. Just because it's made, doesn't mean you have to watch it.

Don't Turn Star Wars Into Star Trek (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643021)

I'm interested in backstory as the next guy, but I would like it kept to novels and comic books.

I enjoyed I & II even though they weren't great. III was great. But more movies outside of the Anakin story arch?

Re:Don't Turn Star Wars Into Star Trek (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643110)

Then only read novels and comic books involving the backstory. If you don't want to see a portion of the Star Wars saga in a particular medium, don't view it in that medium, even if it's made. If you want to get the story without viewing the movie, you can even buy the novelizations (as bad as they'll be). No-one's forcing you to go see the movie.

Episode -2 : It's not easy being green (2, Funny)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643024)

Good title/Bad title, either way better than attack of the cloans.

I think the choice of director is clear. Quentin Tarentino, come on it would be great!

"Get the wookie"
"the wookie's sleeping"
"well wake him up then!"

Sequels (3, Interesting)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643032)

Now i know there has been alot of prequal hype of late and sequels are very unhip.
for the love of god though there are some real gems in the books/comics set after the origional trillogy , Dark empire for example , the reformation of the jedis and so on ... Perhaps a movie where you don't know whats going to hapen(unless you read the books) would be a little more exciting than another bleeding prequal , though yoda doing some cool jedi tricks would be cool

I have a bad feeling about this..... (1)

MrMickS (568778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643035)

~shrugs~ it had to be said

Something tells me.... (1)

danielk1982 (868580) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643045)

Something tells me that the $160 million Thursday-Sunday gross opened his mind to more Star Wars movies.

The problem with this.. (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643046)

The problem with constantly writing prequels is that they're not really interesting. You know what's going to happen, and some measure of whether or not a movie is good is how easily you can anticipate the ending. Most people don't enjoy knowing the ending in advance.

If anything, this series needs some sequels. It needs to go in an unforseen direction, not tell more backstory. People can fill in the beginning by themselves.. we're good at speculating what could have caused something.. we're not quite as good at seeing the result of our actions in advance. That's what's entertaining for most of us; not rehashing midichlorians.

Re:The problem with this.. (2, Interesting)

TiggsPanther (611974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643108)

The problem with constantly writing prequels is that they're not really interesting. You know what's going to happen, and some measure of whether or not a movie is good is how easily you can anticipate the ending. Most people don't enjoy knowing the ending in advance.

The other drawback is when you've got a character arc like Anakin's I, personally, like to know there's at least a chance of redemption. That maybe, just maybe, they don't get drawn too far into the dark. Even when they do, it's nice to know there's a chance they won't.

Prequels (or catching earlier seasons of a show) always let me down like that, as I know that there's no other possible way. In the case of Episodes I-III the whole point is showing Anakin's path to becoming Vader. But therefore there's no chance of him not falling, as the films where he's already fallen were made first.

I hope there is a remake of episode 1,2 and 3 (1)

gunix (547717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643047)

and that they make a totaly new script and a new director, and make 3 good movies instead of the total crap we got.
The first two are crap, the third one is only missing sidious and yoda wrestling on the floor to be ranked as the worst movie since episode 1.

Dagobah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643048)

Maybe we'll get an explanation for the Dagobah cave.

A suitable Ayn Rand quote for /.'ers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643051)

"Throughout the centuries there were men who took the first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received -- hatred. The great creators -- the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors -- stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won."

Yeah, go ahead and mod me down.

In a galaxy far far away (4, Interesting)

el_womble (779715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643055)

The Starwars universe is great. A clever mix of magic, politics, religion and technology. This is what makes sci fi great. You take a few physical laws, mix them up a bit and see what happens when you introduce humans into it.

This is George Lucas' legacy: a standardised universe, that captivates the imagination. He has woven a rich tapestry of worlds, cultures and characters but is a lousy story teller, particularly dialog.

Please Mr. Lucas, let the universe go. Spend the remainder of you professional life as an executive producer who lets others write and direct, whilst you approve and fund.

As a side note, I'd really like to see a script from Kevin Smith. Given a free reign (and a ban from using his friends as cast members)he could write the Starwars adventure we all think we remember.

Re:In a galaxy far far away (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643096)

He may be bad at dialogue, but you know you're going to watch episode 3 and thats what counts in the bank balance..

Re:In a galaxy far far away (1)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643123)

he could write the Starwars adventure we all think we remember.

The only person who could do that is someone who's spent the last 20 years reading 50s and 60s sci-fi magazines.

The ending (1)

Wite_Noiz (887188) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643059)

In my office, we were wondering if Lucas would want it to fit with 1 as badly as he made 3 fit with 4.
If so, he may turn it in to a soft-core porn with the conceiving if Annakin.

A colleague pointed out Annakin was supposed to be conceived by the force, which brought out disturbing thoughts that perhaps Yoda got his mother drunk and... I'm sure you can imagine the rest *cringes*

Absolutely (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643075)

People are going to buy this shit (and que up for weeks in advance) no matter how many movies are made, In 2015 there will have been another trilogy and another plan for more, and people will be complaining that episodes -3,-2 & -1 weren't as good as the 'classics' of 1, 2 & 3 or even the remakes of 4, 5, & 6 (although there will be those that claim the remastered versions of 4, 5 & 6 were the all time classics) Studios don't mess around when they've found a winning formula.

think of the DVD sales! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12643083)

see, he's got it all figured out.

he makes a prequel, blowing the current numbering system out of whack. so now, he's got to go back with his fancy wazzamacallit and use CGI to renumber the title screens of the rest. phantom menace to episode '2', the new hope to '5', etc.

then, after everybody has rebought the dvds with in all their 'special renumbered edition' glory... he releases yet ANOTHER prequel. hah.

and we've got to buy all of the 'Super Special Renumbered Edition' so our geekness isn't outdated.

it's like oldschool command prompt basic programming.

i have a bad feeling about this.

(for real, though... does anyone REALLY think a cash cow like SW is ever going to end? hell, he's going to make new ones and remake current ones till he's dead, and then his clones will.)

oh... and while i'm at it- after rewatching 4-6 i am confident the reason jar jar exists is C3PO. because you know what? C3PO was as annoying as jar jar, if not more (excepting 'ex-squeeeeez me', of course). but people loved him, and since he couldn't really play a big part in the prequels, lucas, being the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-crapastic writer that he is, thought he needed a replacement annoyance. you heard it here first.

Why? (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643105)

Why do *more* films? There wasn't enough material to fill I-III.

If I could go back in time and change Lucas' mind, I would convince him to scrap the prequel trilogy and instead spend the money on two films: one prequel, telling the tale of Anakin->Darth Vader, and one sequel, set after ROTJ, dealing with the rebuilding of the New Republic, Leia learning about the Force, Han facing the new responsibility of his position as Admiral. Kind of bookends to the originals.

That's got to be better than the stretched-too-thin, convoluted and dull storyline of Eps I-III.

Fatal flaw in this plan (4, Funny)

SamSim (630795) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643116)

There's no Roman numeral for zero!

Knights of the old republic (2, Interesting)

najt (178981) | more than 9 years ago | (#12643130)

They should do a movie based on the Knights Of The Old Republic RPG story. That was the best Star Wars story ever.
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