An archiving seminar at Sundance (scroll down) hints at new footage for the next DVD release, perhaps including brand new footage? It’s pure rumor, right down to friend-of-a-friend, but you know fandom – we won’t put anything past George.
Feiner says he worked for three years cleaning up the Star Wars movies for release in 1998. “We were then contacted by Lucas to go into another 100 shots that we hadn’t done before. I basically said, ‘Why are we doing this? You released the picture.’ He said, ‘Well, we want to go in and clean up stuff we hadn’t done before.'”
That’s when he picked up on a bombshell: “I heard through another source, some friends of mine up at ILM (Lucas’ special-effects company), they were doing additional shots to get cut into a new version. I’ve never seen it, and I don’t know anybody outside of George and his small cadre that have seen it. I’m just making an assumption that they’re going to use this for some future release.”
There has long been suspicion that Lucas might try to further integrate elements of his prequel trilogy with the original tale of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. LucasFilm spokesman John Singh said late Tuesday: “There are always a wide range of rumors flying around about Star Wars. There have been a lot of tests done over the years to help ILM explore new technology, but we don’t have any plans for another Star Wars release.”
Sure you don’t, LFL. Sure you don’t.
SyFy Portal reports that it’s likely that Battlestar Galactica will get a fourth season order from the SciFi Channel, possibly before the show returns on January 21. However, the fate of spin-off series Caprica is less clear.
There are also rumors of a direct-to-DVD movie release.
It’s been a while since the rumor mill ground out anything about the Star Wars TV shows and/or a sequel trilogy … Aren’t we lucky that TFN has an anonymous source that knows a guy who overheard George Lucas mention TV, HBO and episodes VII – IX at a party? You keep chasing the dream, mousies.
Word on the street is that the powers that be are courting Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Evil Dead) to step into Peter Jackson’s shoes. Not a bad idea, but would he even be willing?
Lucasfilm bankrolling Robot Chicken special? Source is Dino Stamatopoulos, whose Moral Orel shares a production facilty (but, I assume, not a nondisclosure agreement) with the Chicken folks.
Giant box set of the Saga in 2007, maybe. Those Digital Bits – they’re totally psychic when it comes to putting two and two together. Totally. 2007 does seem pretty soon, though, what with the new DVDs just days away – I’d guess 2008, which would continue the pattern of new DVDs every two years, or whenever one of those TV shows finally materializes. But I don’t think anyone doubts we’ll see a mega-box set before the decade is out.
For good measure, here’s a digital Yoda in Episode I from the ROTS bonus DVD.
Speaking of rumors… Kevin Smith addresses last year’s gossip of his involvement with the Star Wars TV show.
Was there ever any truth to the your involvement with a Star Wars TV show?
“No, no,” Smith says with a chuckle. “Which was so strange, because I was like, ‘Really? I wish somebody had told me.’ People kept saying, ‘Dude, you gonna be doing that?'”
T’bone has heard a rumor that ILM may be outsourced to India. Grain of salt. Big heaping grains of salt.
ETA: Check the comments for some more looking into the issue.
ETA2: From the inside: Pablo calls bullshit.
That’s the rumor, anyway: Paramount is considering a script by Erik Jendresen, who worked on the mini-series Band of Brothers. If there’s even a glimmer of truth to this, Hanks would be the biggest name to join the franchise since Patrick Stewart.