George Lucas’ student film ‘Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB’ is now officially online

“While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth. “Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB” by Star Wars creator George Lucas was the student film that helped launch his film career. Dust is proud to present it to you as part of USC Student Week.”


Trailer for George Lucas’ student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB


You can watch the trailer at Nerdist.

“Before there were any Star Wars, there was George Lucas’ feature debut THX 1138. And before there was THX 1138, there was a much shorter film with a much longer title. It was this far out trip through an authoritarian state that started it all for USC student Lucas, who won some awards at the 1968 National Student Film Festival and simultaneously caught the attention of the Universal executive who would later help make American Graffiti as well as a burgeoning young filmmaker named Steven Spielberg.

On Monday, December 11, sci-fi streaming channel DUST will host Electric Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi. The digital premiere of Lucas’s student short film is also part of a feature highlighting sci-fi shorts from USC School of Cinematic Arts students, capped off with the weirdo chase through a world where people are forced to take drugs to suppress their emotions. Fortunately, you won’t need any drugs if you watch DUST’s trailer for Electric Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. […]”

Mark Hamill wishes Lucasfilm and Disney ‘had been more accepting of George Lucas’ guidance and advice’


From Metro US:

“[…] Mark Hamill has now admitted that he is a little disappointed that Lucas is no longer involved, while also registering his disappointment that the powers that be over at the studio weren’t “more accepting of his guidance and advice.”

“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done.”

But Hamill refused to overly attack Disney for their treatment of Lucas, instead insisting that their decision has clearly worked wonders because after the release of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” the “Star Wars” franchise has never been more popular.

“But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.” […]”

Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV through VIII.

Mark Hamill praises the CGI and the originality of the Prequels


From Metro US:

“While they grossed the combined total of just under $2.5 billion at the box office, [the prequels] were heavily maligned by fans for moving away from the sci-fi spectacle that made the original three films so beloved. But it turns out that’s exactly what Mark Hamill loved about them.

“What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI. And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again.”

According to Hamill, George Lucas’ trajectory with the “Star Wars” prequels at least took the films down a brand new terrain, while J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” instead tried to tap into what made the original films so popular.

“I thought ‘The Force Awakens’ did that more than the early ones, because it had that the girl from a different planet, the death star, the Cantina sequence.”

When I asked Hamill whether that was Abrams’ intention, he responded, “Of course! He was trying to figure out what was it about the original movies that everybody loved. And that’s a different thought process than what George would have done. Because he would go, ‘I had a beginning, middle, and an end’.””

Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV through VIII.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson praises George Lucas and the story of the Prequels


The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson praises George Lucas and the story of the Prequel Trilogy in a new interview with TMC (click here to watch the video):

“I thought a lot actually, while we were filming The Last Jedi — we had all this money with all these amazing people working on it, and they all were so excited to be working on a Star Wars movie. And sometimes on set, I would throw my mind back to George Lucas working with very little money in the middle of the desert with a bunch of people who had no idea what he was trying to do. Where the wind was at our back, the wind must have been in his face when he was working. And with all that, he created this world from scratch. And there’s the man.”

“How could you hate Jar Jar? How could you possibly hate Jar Jar? It’s funny because I’m of the generation who grew up with the original movies, and when we were in our twenties, we all lined up to see the Prequels and all of us had a very similar kind of reaction to them. But today it’s been very interesting for me to engage with the whole fanbase which right now includes a lot of people who were kids when the prequels came out. And to see that the prequels are to them what the original movies were to us, that kind of shaves away some of the cynicism I might have had about them. And also, I think it’s amazing to me when I step back and see what the prequels are actually about, that the prequels tell the story of how fear of loss turns good people into fascists. And the fact that that is a seven-hour kids movie — it’s pretty amazing and pretty wonderful.”


George Lucas’ First Film Project ‘Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138’ Gets Digital Release


From The Wrap:

“Fifty years ago in a galaxy not so far away, a USC film student named George Lucas made a sci-fi short film for his university project called “Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138 4EB,” which launched a film career unlike any other.

Now, as the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” draws near, “Electronic Labyrinth” will get its digital premiere on the Facebook channel Dust.

Gunpowder & Sky’s burgeoning sci-fi brand Dust, which features sci-fi shorts from up and coming filmmakers, will release a new short every day from the USC School of Cinematic Arts leading up to Dec. 11, when “Electronic Labyrinth” makes its premiere.

The 1967 film follows a man named THX 1138 4EB, who attempts to escape a dystopian civilization while being pursued by the authorities. The short won the top prize at the National Student Film Festival, where a young Steven Spielberg was in attendance and was amazed by the film. Four years later, the short became the basis for Lucas’ feature-length debut “THX 1138,” starring Donald Pleasence and Robert Duvall. […]”

George Lucas had a conversation with Rian Johnson but wasn’t involved in The Last Jedi


The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson talked about George Lucas during a press conference in France (at 8:44).

“I had a conversation with Lucas at the beginning of the process. It was just very general. He was very supportive. He wasn’t involved in the process of actually making the movie. I went to USC, the film school I went to, because I’ve read a book about George Lucas. I grew up with him as a hero in my mind.”