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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

The goal was to evoke fantasy, not science fiction. Placing it in the dim and distant past freed Lucas up to create a visual and sound palette that was unique, without incurring the ire of 'hard-...
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Was George Lucas involved with Rogue One?

He spent a day on set... Rogue One director Gareth Edwards mentioned this on a Celebration Europe panel, which CinemaBlend reports on: During Star Wars Celebration in London, our own Sean O'Connell ...
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Why did George Lucas ban David Prowse (actor of Darth Vader) from appearing at Star Wars conventions?

DAVE PROWSE GEORGE LUCAS FEUD EXPLAINED (See "bold" text below for the answer) Lucasfilm wished to keep the "I am your father" moment under wraps ahead of and upon the sequel’s ...
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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

It was part of Lucas's decision to portray the series as part of a science-fiction-based myth cycle. Lucas was heavily influenced by the work on Joseph Campbell, who studied the structure of myths. ...
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Why did "A Stanley Kubrick Production" not draw a fine, while "Lucasfilm Ltd." did?

A key reason* is that Kubrick was not displacing anyone else from appearing in the opening credits. Lucas's name appeared in the opening of Star Wars, in the form of a production studio credit. ...
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Did Lucas always intend the Ewoks to be specifically for children?

It's sometimes hard to say because George Lucas retcons George Lucas so often you can never really tell what he intended anymore. Lucas has asserted that all of Star Wars is for kids "The movies ...
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Was Darth Vader originally intended to be an alien instead of a human in a suit?

As far as I can determine, it appears that George Lucas always intended to depict Vader as a human. This can be seen in the Dark Horse Comics miniseries The Star Wars, which is based on the original ...
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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

It's a common storytelling device. In English we use 'Once upon a time...' to set the scene somewhere distant in time. In traditional Japanese folk stories we use 'Mukashi mukashi aru tokoro ni...' ...
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What did George Lucas sue Battlestar Galactica for?

Per the legal case (based on Lucas' acquisition of a 1978 script for Battlestar Galactica) Appellant Fox argued in its brief that a comparison of the two works discloses at least 34 similarities. For ...
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Did George Lucas ever say in an article that Anakin knew his child lived?

As far as I can tell, any such statement Lucas may have made was never reported in a way that preserved it to be available later. This is not to say that he never considered it as a possibility, but ...
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When did George Lucas compare midi-chlorians to mitochondria?

Found it. The article was published in E! Online on May 11, 1999 following a press conference with George Lucas and contains a more extensive quote (reproduced in its entirety below). Note that the ...
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Why was Nazi imagery used for the Rebellion in A New Hope?

The in-universe explanation is simple. The Nazis did not exist in the past of Star Wars (since it takes place "a long time ago"). Therefore, imagery that we today associate with the Nazis ...
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Why are Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers so similar?

Clone troopers were originally a clone army created on Kamino. They formed the basis of the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, created after Chancellor Palpatine was granted emergency ...
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Did Lucas always intend the Ewoks to be specifically for children?

It does appear that Lucas meant for them to at least be more child-accessible, if not for children. According to People, Lucas specifically told the director that they should be "cuddly". He also ...
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Does the number 327 hold any significance to George Lucas?

Probably but not clear what it is 327 is mentioned a lot in Star Wars, so there is obvious some significance. As well as the Docking Bay on the Death Star and the Landing Platform on cloud city that ...
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What is the term for how Star Wars characters have names based on real people, but scrambled?

This is known as Tuckerization and does have a page on Wookieepedia. The term is derived from Wilson Tucker, a pioneering American science fiction writer, fan and fanzine editor, who made a practice ...
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: deliberate Star Wars connection?

Along with the Club Obi Wan reference in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, there is a much more subtle appearance of the Star Wars droids in an Egyptian mural in Raiders of the Lost Ark The ...
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Where did the claim that George Lucas did NOT intend to make nine Star Wars movies originate?

Early 2000's. I heard about this in early 2000's and found info about it on Wikipedia. In short he stated that Star Wars was his and that he'd be too old to direct more trilogies and didn't want ...
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Was Imperial Navy based on Imperial Japanese Navy?

No. His primary inspiration for the Empire was actually the Nazis. The fact that fascism inspired the look and feel of the Empire is no secret. In fact, Star Wars creator George Lucas even refers ...
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George Lucas on Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader duel

Lucas said some things about their two duels already in the famous August 25 1977 Rolling Stone interview, speaking about a planned sequel with content that was cut from the first script: It’s about ...
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What was the actual relationship between George Lucas and Richard Marquand?

Lucas was there more often on set than he was on Empire, that's not news, he did look over his shoulder. Like in Empire, Lucas did design and storyboard the movie while direct the VFX shots. He even ...
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George Lucas's Episode VII

In the book James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction (a tie-in to his TV series of the same name), Cameron has an interview with George Lucas where Lucas goes into a little more detail about what he ...
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Were lightsabers made to cauterize wounds because children were watching?

First of all, keep in mind the year in which the saga starts. In the end of the 70s, science fiction and action movies are not specially gory. Sure you can find examples, but the limitation of ...
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The Star Wars scripts on IMSDB contain many lines and scenes that aren't in the movies. Were the scripts on this site actually written by Lucas?

There are several versions of the Attack of the Clones script available on the internet. The one on IMSDB seems to be an OCR'd copy of a scanned PDF dated July 2000 and which includes "Blue Revisions" ...
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What was Mace Windu's connection to the Whills supposed to be in early drafts of the script for Star Wars?

It was told to the Whills by "C.J. Thorpe" The opening line given in the question isn't quite right: Journal of the Whills I This is the story of Mace Windy, a revered Jedi-bendu of Ophuchi,...
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Did any of the EU material come from George Lucas?

The fact that Darth Plagueis was a Muun was not covered in G or T canon, but made part of EU C canon by Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, and later by the novel Darth Plagueis. In the ...
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: deliberate Star Wars connection?

From Raiders of the Lost Ark: And:
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Why was Nazi imagery used for the Rebellion in A New Hope?

No matter which political system, all award ceremonies have similar format If you give awards in front of large crowd, you must have some kind of podium, so everybody could see those giving and those ...
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How much were the Force powers defined by George Lucas during the original trilogy?

George Lucas's definition of The Force is what you can see in the six movies. Nothing more, nothing less. There are interviews where Filoni has stated that he passed his "force ideas" ...
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