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October 8, 1996 - Star Wars Episode I / more rumors

Scooped on Sunday, March 14, 2010

'Deep Throat LFL' returns:

"Hello again. Just another juicy tidbit from source at lfl: Lucas and director David Fincher apparently had lunch together the other day at Lucas' ranch. While the subject of the conversation is not known, this would seem to be more than coincidence considering that just days before Lucas had reportedly mentioned Fincher's name as a possible director for one of the later installments. Again, though, it is unlikely any decision will be finalized at least until late next year. The source adds that Lucas may have quickly gotten over his jam about how to preserve continuity and suspense throughout all six films (i.e. how to keep Darth Vader's identity a secret), as he has mentioned that the final plot outlines for eps. 2 and 3 are done, and that he will work on the screenplays from now through production of ep.1 and beyond. Designs and effects for the next 2 films should begin soon. The source reaffirms his belief that ep. 1 should be in theatres on memorial day weekend 1998, not 1999 as has been announced."

Whether it's for real or not, the Fincher rumor is an interesting one, and he would certainly make a gritty second chapter - akin to what Irvin Kershner did for The Empire Strikes Back. But the real question remains: what did Lucas and Fincher eat at lunch?

And others comment on the mysterious scooper's October 6th 'force' message. We took the message as the scooper talking about The Force as the unknown 'force'. Upon posting that, we've received comments from the readers of CA who take the comment differently. We've re-read the original scoop, and we can now see that it can be taken that way. Of course, the original writer wrote to us about it:

"Hello again. Just one correction that I think needs to be made in relation to my first message--"the force" which Anakin and Kenobi are supposed to be unaware of is not THE Force but merely the force or cause that instigates their going on a special secret mission, during the course of which they have their first outright confrontation with one another. If there was some confusion, I apologize for not being clearer. And be assured there is no attempt at deception on my part: if any of this is untrue, then I'm the one being jerked around by my contact at lfl. Most recently, I inquired about the possibilty of the "mission" in ep. 2 having to do with the fabled Kaibur crystal which has appeared in several sources, including the early drafts of ep.4. The outline for ep.2 is not that specific, but it ceratinly leaves open that possibility. This might make even more sense, if one considers the overall plot: Anakin and Kenobi are sent on this mission for reasons they are not aware of, and as a result of this mission, they will come into direct conflict with one another. A powerful Force-user like the emperor would probably know about a force artifact like the crystal, and could engineer this mission so that young, vulnerable Anakin could come into possesion of it and, overcome with its feeling of power, turn against his master and toward "the Dark Side." This is speculative, but makes a lot of sense. Nothing will be certain until Lucas hammers out the ep. 2 script over the next year and a half, though. That's all that is new, but I might add that the source, when I asked again about this subject, insisted that all the internal signs regarding the pace and schedule for pre-production, casting, filming, and editing, point toward a summer 1998 release, not 1999, as has been reported." [Scoop reported anonymously.]

Keep your ear open, and watch out for assassin droids. Also, this regular contributor had this to add:

"Apparantly, right before the release of SW: Genesis, Del Rey was going to publish the Star Wars Encyclopedia. This was to be the history of the Star Wars universe from Episode IV to the last book published, which is also known. It was to be written as a Holocron document that Luke was creating and was to be a coffee table edition like the Illustrated SW Universe was. I wonder now if this has been scrapped given Lucas' rumored interest in a Journal of the Whills, or if that's how this rumor started.

"Finally, given what we know from Lucas' own statements about what the saga is all about, many of the plot points that this scooper has presented make sense, the most notable example is the Ben Kenobi redemption idea. Remember that every major 'good' character has been redeemed in some way in the Star Wars Universe. Lando, Han, Luke, Anakin...only Leia hasn't been redeemed in some way. We have already seen Ben's redemption in Luke Skywalker. He trained made right by bringing up Luke, who was able to redeem Anakin. I would put a lot of faith into many of the ideas presented in this post. They seem more than reasonable, they seem logical and fitting given Lucas' 'vision' for the saga." [Scoop sent in by 'imho'.]

And last but not least (but certain to cause even more mail)...

"There's some speculation in my neck of the woods that almost all of the rumors concerning this film are false, except for the very oldest ones. Lucasfilm may be setting up a kind of smoke screen to distract fans and preserve the surprise. So, I've heard, the oldest news is the real dope: May 1998 is in fact the release date, and principal photography is happening RIGHT NOW in Leavesdon, England. That's apparently why the next James Bond film has been delayed (Star Wars is shooting in its studio) and why Lucas isn't involved with The Lost World. Balance of the Force is the title of the first film, and Kenneth Branagh is playing a young Jedi Knight. Trust the first news out of the gate!! A trailer for Episode 1 will appear in front of Return of the Jedi Special Edition, and the film will indeed premier in summer of 1998, as anounced long ago. At least, those are the freshest rumors ..." [Scoop sent in anonymously.]

Yikes. March, 1997 will decide if this last rumor is bogus or not...

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