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October 6, 1996 - Star Wars Episode I / rumor

Scooped on Sunday, March 14, 2010

For those interested in gossip that cannot be proven, we present these scoop informants. A heavy rumor warning is in effect; please roll up your car windows and extinguish all open flames...

"The following information has been passed on by a lfl source who, for obvious reasons, wishes to remain anonymous. The release title of the first film is still up in the air, although many of the alleged titles that have been circling have been bandied about. (SW:Genesis) is the working title. Red Tails is a REAL project, but some work for the first prequel (presumably that which deals with plot twists and key scenes that only lucas is privy to as yet) will be done secretly under the guise of being for Red Tails. The prevalence of the RT rumor, though, may lead to scuttling those plans. What is virtually certain is the timeframe of the films, which Lucas has bobbled someone in the press. The first film takes place roughly thirty years before SW:Episode 4, the second episode takes place roughly eight to ten years later, and the third film takes place a relatively short time thereafter (this dating is the product of character descriptions that deal with their appearances and apparent ages).

The only ACTORS who are almost certain to appear in all three new films are those who play Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Emperor (the Emperor, it seems, may not go by the name of Palpatine at first, and it may not be clear, even to fans, who the Emperor is, or will be, among the characters of the first film.) This MAY be one of Lucas intended surprises for the second installment, a la the Darth Vader revelation in Episode 5. Furthermore, Lucas is in fact settled on using a revised, more fully functional version of Boba Fett's armor in the first film for the warriors whom Kenobi, the Jedi, and eventually Anakin Skywalker will conquer in the Clone Wars. (Note: 'Clone Wars' will almost certainly NOT be the title for the first film.) The two droids have indeed been re-tooled, and although Lucas has made a big deal about their being the only characters involved in every installment of the eventual nonology, their roles are reportedly neither crucial nor forced--they function in much the same way as they did in Eps. 4-6. Speaking of the nonology, Lucas, while without concrete plans, expects to begin expanding his (very sketchy) outlines, barring unforseen disaster, some seven years or so after the last of this trilogy is released--which would place the release of ep. 7 sometime around 2010.

Finally, the following plot sketch is as much as could be offered: ep. 1: Kenobi, depicted in a light somewhat similar to that of Luke in ep.'s 4 and 5, is a restless jedi knight who becomes infatuated with the boy Anakin and undertakes to take him under his wing. The film focuses very much on their close relationship, and they eventually team to help end the Mandalore threat. Yoda makes a brief appearance, and is defied by his pupil Kenobi. The film is cast as a dark counterpart to ep. 4, with much of the rousing spaceadventure colored by dark foreshadowing of what lies ahead. Ep. 2 begins to bring the disintegration of the Republic to the forefront, and Kenobi and Skywalker are re-teamed on a mission whose success may help restore order to the galaxy. The film parallels Ep.5 and ends ambiguously, the 'mission' devolving into the first confrontation between Kenobi and Skywalker, instigated by an as-yet unknown force. Finally, Ep. 3, which is as yet not as fully developed as 2 and certainly not as much as the drafted Episode 1, will introduce Vader, the Emperor, and Boba Fett, and climax with the safe escape of Anakin's child(ren) from Imperial forces.The source refuses to disclose more, for fear not only of his job security but also of ruining a potentially great experience for many. He assures that what is conveyed above does not even begin to hint at the fullness of the experience that fans should experience come 1999. Lucas, it has been revealed, has deliberately added fuel to the fire of many rumors which, even when true, he considers dreadfully obvious 'revelations,' and he intends to really defy the expectations of both die-hard and casual fans, as well as complete neophytes. The one major sticking point, I might add, is the middle ground between eps. 2 and 3. Lucas is considering possible ways he can preserve continuity in the series by keeping the origins of Vader a mystery--that is, to not ruin the Vader revelation in Ep. 5 for new fans who Lucas wants to experience the eventual nonology sequentially. The Leia/Luke connnection is apparently not as great a concern."

What Rumor Control has to say: The scoop informant hints that a young Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do not know of "the Force", which doesn't correspond with what we already know about the Force. Yoda knew of it; the Jedi Knights from Kenobi's youth knew of it; the comic books and novels have character who wield it thousands of years before Luke Skywalker's time. It doesn't seem like Lucas to just simply forget about this, does it?

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