George Lucas reportedly wanted Han Solo to die in Episode VII

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From GQ:

“[Harrison] Ford’s least expected late-career reprise was his return to the world of Star Wars. “I was surprised,” he concedes. The first call came from George Lucas. “It was proposed that I might make another appearance as Han Solo. And I think it was mentioned, even in the first call, that he would not survive. That’s something I’d been arguing for for some period of time”—Ford had unsuccessfully lobbied for Solo to die in Return of the Jedi in 1983—“so I said okay.”

Was that a necessity for you to be involved?

“Not necessarily. But it was, you know, an interesting development of the character.”
This year Ford attended his first Star Wars “Celebration” fan event, in commemoration of the first film’s 40th anniversary. “I was asked to make an appearance and I did,” he says, as though only the want of an invitation has kept him away until now. He appeared on a panel with Lucas, and I was surprised to watch Ford bring up his famous criticism of the director’s clunky dialogue right to his face: “You can type this shit, but you can’t say it.”

Lucas doesn’t get offended by that?

Ford laughs, as if this has never really crossed his mind. “I don’t think so. He sold the company for, you know, $4 billion. He doesn’t give a shit what I think.” Ford reminisces about the first time he shared this opinion on the Star Wars set. “George usually sits near a monitor, far removed, so I had to convey my impression…or my feelings…about the dialogue across a great space. So I did shout it. ‘George! You can type this shit, but you sure can’t say it! Move your mouth when you’re typing!’ But it was a joke, at the time. A stress-relieving joke.”


Reminder: Lucas wrote a treatment for Episode VII before leaving Lucasfilm, but only a few ideas remained.

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Lucasfilm still doesn’t intend to release The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Michael Siglain is creative director at Lucasfilm Publishing.


J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was initially scheduled for release in October 2016, but Lucasfilm eventually canceled it. The book was to reveal some of George Lucas’ original ideas for the sequel trilogy.

J. W. Rinzler won’t continue his blog about “the rise and fall of Star Wars”

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J. W. Rinzler just announced he would not continue his blog about “the rise and fall of Star Wars”. The blog was already shut down for a few days.

Rinzler initially intended to blog about his time at Lucasfilm up to the release of The Force Awakens. The blog’s last entry went behind the scenes of the filming of Revenge of the Sith.

No reason was given for the closing of the blog for now.

As a reminder, some of our previous articles relayed some excerpts of the blog.


J. W. Rinzler used to be a writer and editor at Lucas Licensing. He wrote The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the SithThe Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,  and many other behind-the-scenes books.

Movie Pilot: “What ‘Revenge Of The Sith’ Got Right That ‘The Force Awakens’ Did Not”

rots02“[…]  is almost 12 years old, and this has given fans time to look back and view the film with a fresh perspective. Now that they have, support for the film has seemingly increased! While many critics and fans have previously panned Hayden Christensen’s role as Anakin Skywalker, when the news hit that he would be showing up at Star Wars Celebration this year, the fans were overwhelmingly supportive, with many even hoping to see him in future Star Wars films. Overall, support for Revenge of the Sith has grown over time. In light of that, here are three things Revenge of the Sith got right that The Force Awakens didn’t.

1. Relationships Between Important Characters

[…] While Han Solo’s death was incredibly tragic and hard to watch, it would have made it so much more impactful if we knew more about the relationship between Kylo Ren (Ben) and Han. It’s hard for us to feel bad for Rey and Finn in this respect, as they only just recently met Han Solo. Because the characters’ relationships weren’t properly developed, Han’s death was not as impactful as it could have been.

On the flip side, Revenge of the Sith got character development right! In this respect, the film did exactly what it was supposed to do. By creating a strong bro-mance between Anakin and Obi-Wan, we really feel sad when the two meet for the first time as enemies. Right from the start of the film, we watch in excitement as the two embark on a mission to save the Chancellor from the clutches of Count Dooku. After this, we are treated to conversations between the two that give us insight into how strong their friendship really is. Finally, as Obi-Wan goes off to hunt down General Grievous, the two part ways as friends for the last time.

By the time Obi-Wan finds Anakin on Mustafar, he is completely changed by the dark side. The two battle it out, and Obi-Wan cuts Anakin down, leaving him feet away from a river of lava. Anakin is filled with hate for his former friend, and Obi-Wan is heartbroken. Anakin shouts at Obi-Wan,

“I hate you!”

To which Obi-Wan responds,

“You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you!”

This scene is heartbreaking, and arguable serves as one of the best Star Wars scenes to date. […]”

Read more at Movie Pilot.

John Knoll compares the number of VFX shots in every Star Wars movie

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/FILM : “Let’s talk about the visual effects, something that you’ve been involved with for awhile. How many visual effects are there in Rogue One, and how does that compare to the other Star Wars movies?”

John Knoll :  “It’s about 1,700. The original A New Hope was about 360. Empire Strikes Back was about 700. Return of the Jedi was about 900 or 950. Episode I was 1,900-something, 1950, I think. Episode II was 2,200. Episode III was 2,400. Episode VII was, I think just under 2,000. So we’re kind of in the middle.”

Read the rest of the interview at /FILM.

John Knoll is Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. He has been Visual Effects Supervisor of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, among many other films.