Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Got to love Lucas. Though this director planted many of the roots that Hollywood now sits on, he has yet to show much restraint on his suggestions to the press.
Last year and part of 2005 was an era of Lucas suggesting that the script for Indiana Jones IV was ready, even when it wasn't. Lucas has recently appeared at Time Magazine's dinner for the 100 most influential people and ends up not only discussing some of his upcoming projects, but some of this year's summer tentpoles as well.
Lucas Confirms Two More Star Wars Films
FoxNews caught up with Lucas at the event and got the director to give away a few details on the progress of Indy IV and one hell of a scoop straight from the Star Wars universe.
Lucas is currently preparing "Indiana Jones 4" with Harrison Ford, Blanchett and Shia LaBoeuf. The latter plays Ford's son, which means his mother was possibly the character Karen Allen played in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
"I can't say," Lucas said when I brought up Allen.
Lucas says that Sean Connery still hasn't signed on, but his character, Indy's dad, is in the script. Other than that, his lips are sealed.
[Lucas ends the Indy conversation and moves on to summer tentpoles]
Lucas told me he has seen all the summer movies since his company, Industrial Light and Magic, does most of the special effects. The only one they didn't work on was "Spider-Man 3." What did he think of it?
"It's silly. It's a silly movie," he said. "There just isn't much there. Once you take it all apart, there's not much story, is there?"
Well, it's not "Star Wars."
"People thought 'Star Wars' was silly, too," he added, with a wink. "But it wasn't."
For those of you who haven't been following Lucas's comments the past couple of years, the director is on a new campaign claiming that small, low-budget films are the way of the future thanks to their ability to concentrate on a good story. I agree, Spider-Man 3 did miss the mark. But, moving on:
Lucas, by the way, says he is readying "Clone Wars," an animated series for TV that's derived from "Star Wars." Many "Star Wars" characters appear in "Clone Wars," but voiced by other actors.
And here's a little news: Lucas tells me he will make two more live-action films based in the "Star Wars" era.
"But they won't have members of the Skywalker family as characters," he said. "They will be other people of that milieu."
The two extra films will also be made for TV and probably be an hour long each. But, like "Clone Wars," Lucas doesn't know where on TV they will land.
The news of two new Star Wars 'films' leaves me a bit confused. I noticed that Lucas didn't mention anything on his live-action series. Will these two one-hour films replace the series as the whole? If so, that sucks.
Stay tuned for updates.