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Perhaps because Flash Gordon did it? According to Wikipedia, Lucas was influenced by Flash Gordon and similar programmes – he watched them as a child, which lead him to write his own space opera. Quoting the article: Lucas has stated that the opening crawl was inspired by the opening crawls used at the beginning of each episode of the original Flash ...


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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 was in the room when Rogue One director Gareth Edwards recounted a Monday when George Lucas visited the set, and it turned out to be a weird experience for ...


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They met at least once, at a Star Wars convention in 1987. There's a review of Trek Nation, a documentary about Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, which includes this photograph of Lucas and Roddenberry shaking hands: The caption reads: The only known photo of Gene Roddenberry meeting George Lucas at the Creation Entertainment/Starlog 10th Anniversary Star Wars ...


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As Wookieepedia's article on Palpatine notes, the original conception of the Emperor was that he was not a Force-user (and thus not a Sith) and that he was weak-willed and controlled by the Imperial bureaucracy. This version of the Emperor was included in the Episode IV novelization. DVK's answer to another question quotes the novelization depicting the ...


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A rule that I remember (from school?) is that, if an ellipsis occurs at the end of a declarative sentence, you use four periods — the ellipsis itself, followed by the period at the end of the sentence.  The Wikipedia article that you cite says something similar: An ellipsis at the end of a sentence with a sentence following should be preceded by a ...


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With the recently concluded (November 2012) acquisition of Lucasfilm by the Walt Disney Co., Disney is planning to release Episode VII of the Star Wars saga in 2015. "Our long-term plan is to release a new 'Star Wars' feature film every two to three years," said Disney's Robert Iger. George Lucas will not be directing the new films; he is retiring. "...


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Lucas has attributed the origins of "The Force" to a 1964 abstract film called "21-87" by Arthur Lipsett. The rabbit hole goes even deeper: One of the audio sources Lipsett sampled for 21-87 was a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor, a cinematographer who went on to develop Imax. In the face of ...


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George Lucas doesn't want them released After it was announced that Disney was buying Fox (which would give Disney the distribution rights for the original trilogy), Pablo Hidalgo took to Twitter to clarify that this had no effect on any plans for a release. Pablo Hidalgo: Good morning! What's kept the original theatrical editions off of home video is ...


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What did George Lucas think of Spaceballs? I don't know about publicly, but Mel Brooks has remarked in interviews that he worked with Lucas specifically to avoid those sorts of issues. In a 2013 interview with Maxim, Brooks revealed that Lucas had given his blessing for Brooks to go forward with Spaceballs: Did George Lucas give you his blessing on ...


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It's astoundingly unlikely Lucas' ideas for Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 will ever see the light of day. They were written as part of the negotiation with Disney for the sale of the Star Wars franchise and were ultimately rejected in favour of a script treatment written and supervised by Disney's own writers. As with any sale of Intellectual Property, these ...


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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 are for children but they don't want to admit that. In the first film they absolutely hated R2 and C3-PO. In the second film they didn't like Yoda and in the ...


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Lucas revealed in several interviews at the time that he was fed up with directing. In 1977, on the set of Star Wars, he told American Film: "I come from the filmmaker's school of doing movies, which means I do everything myself...If I left anything for a day, it would fall apart...Whenever there is a leak in the dam, I have to stick my finger in it. I ...


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Regarding the first question: it's NOT true that Zahn invented the planet, but is IS true that he invented the name for it:. Coruscant chosen for the films Regarding Coruscant appearing in the prequels, Timothy Zahn had this to say at Celebration III: "Just to make it clear, I did not invent the planet…George Lucas had invented the planetwide ...


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Creative consultant only George Lucas sold his LucasArts production company — including the entire Star Wars franchise — to Disney Entertainment in 2012. This was prior to any production on The Force Awakens. In fact, it was this move that led to planning for a new trilogy. George Lucas remains a "creative consultant" on all Disney-era Star ...


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In the new era of Disney ownership of Lucasfilm, in light of the re-juggling of canonicity, the new answer is as follows: The ultimate singular source of Star Wars canonization is a new Lucasfilm StoryGroup: Under Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s direction, the company for the first time ever has formed a story group to oversee and coordinate all ...


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As someone who read Starlog magazine as a kid in the mid-to-late 1970s the concept that there would be movies past Return of the Jedi has always been present. And I mean always. That said how fleshed out those concepts have been is debatable. Much like George Lucas has been endlessly tinkering with the original trilogy films he—and Lucasfilm—have also been ...


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Yes, admittedly so. According to A Brief a Guide to Star Wars by Brian J. Robb: As he had poured much of his teenage self into several characters in American Graffiti, so the young hero of Star Wars — Luke Skywalker — was very much another George Lucas alter-ego. (Source) Robb specifically mentions Lucas' desert upbringing (referring to ...


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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 draft of Lucas' script for what eventually became A New Hope. Here is some concept art for the character's depiction in The Star Wars, the comic: There were ...


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An "ellipsis" specifically refers to a set of three periods to indicate that some section of a quote has been omitted. As mentioned in the accepted answer to this question on the English language & usage stack exchange, when periods are used to indicate a pause in speech--which is what is presumably going on with the Star Wars opening crawl--they are ...


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Leia wasn't originally supposed to be Luke's sister. From an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back we can see that when Luke is asking Obi-Wan about his sister, he was originally using the name "Nellith" which was later crossed out and replaced with "Sister", indicating that there was another character who was originally supposed to be Luke's sister. ...


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According to The New York Times: Skywalker is an appellation for Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief It should also be noted that Luke's last name was "Starkiller" until fairly late into production. (It was changed due to conceivable connotations to the Manson murder case.) This means that Luke was already written as a great pilot when he was give ...


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GetItWriteOnline.com: Ellipses states, "The fourth dot stands for the period at the end of the sentence that we have not entirely quoted; it lets our reader know that the quotation borrows from more than one sentence of the original text." I know this answer is similar to some others, which indicate that 4 periods get used if the quote matches the end of a ...


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Lucas has attributed the origins of "The Force" to a 1963 abstract film by Arthur Lipsett, which sampled from many sources. "Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God....


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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 author has transcribed midi-chlorians incorrectly, referring to them as midichondrians. Will you ever see the movie with an audience? I probably will at ...


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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 if he did it was during a very short time period, and in that period he was quite busy and didn't do many interviews, so such plans were likely never recorded ...


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As I mentioned in a comment on the question, lots of people claim that Lucas discusses Lord of the Rings as an influence in interviews, but I've been unable to find any. For example Moongadget.com, a fansite devoted to tracking Lucas' cultural influences, has a page devoted to Lord of the Rings. They claim (emphasis theirs): Lucas has often cited The ...


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Before the Disney canon-cull, there was a series of works in other media (books, comics etc..) that continued the story post Return of the Jedi, but none of that was an Episode, in the way that The Force Awakens is labelled. Lucas has been varied (to say the least) on what he saw Star Wars as. He said this around the time of the The Clone Wars animated film ...


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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 wanted the Ewoks to be more approachable than the other aliens in his bestiary. "Keep them a little cuddly, so we want to hug them a little," he advised Jedi ...


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