As many are aware, Return of the Jedi turns 30 on May 25th. To celebrate, the Huffington Post has posted a transcript of a story conference for the then-titled Revenge of the Jedi in which Lucas goes off-topic with Lawrence Kasdan to discuss a macro take on some Prequel Trilogy plot elements.
The Skywalker line is very strong with the Force, so Ben says, “I think we should protect the kids, because they may be able to help us right the wrong that your husband has created in the universe.” And so Ben takes one and gives him to a couple out there on Tatooine and he gets his little hideout in the hills and he watches him grow. Ben can’t raise Luke himself, because he’s a wanted man. Leia and Luke’s mother go to Alderaan and are taken in by the king there, who is a friend of Ben’s. She dies shortly thereafter and Leia is brought up by her foster parents. She knows that her real mother died.
A remarkably different fate for Padme. Perhaps a preferable one to dying of a broken heart? There’s a lot more interesting details on Lucas’ early thoughts for these stories, so head to the above link to read the rest of the transcript.
Club Jade clued us in this morning to Amazon’s new plan to pay fanfic authors to publish their works via Kindle. Introducing Kindle Worlds, which is getting around the fuzzy legal grey area of fanfiction by officially licensing these Worlds, and the first to sign on has been Warner Brothers’ affiliated Alloy Entertainment, who owns the license for Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and Gossip Girl.
On the surface, this looks great. Star Trek has been doing this for a long time–anyone who has ever submitted a story to one of the Strange New Worlds anthologies has certainly been aware of what has been, in the past, a relatively willing openness to fan work, and many fan writers have broken into professional publishing through writing for these anthologies. It also seems like a way for fans to get generally professionally curated (?) writing for their favorite universes at a reasonable price.
But there is, I fear, a dark side to all the bright, shiny, happy togetherness Amazon is toting. Continue reading
Well this could be interesting. According to IGN, an accidental promotional mailing from Aspyr suggests that fan favorite title Knights of the Old Republic may be heading for the iPad.
A KOTOR port for iPad isn’t too much of a stretch considering Aspyr’s history. The company is responsible for the original Mac port and has been increasingly active on the App Store. Although there have been some other fringe Star Wars RPGs over the years, KOTOR seems like the obvious bet.
Additionally, this newsletter slip-up confirms previous KOTOR rumors we’ve been hearing. For now official confirmation from Aspyr, or any details regarding a launch date or price, have not been announced. We’ve reached out to Aspyr for comment.
While I’m not sure how they will work out the control scheme yet, the iPad seems like a fantastic destination for Knights of the Old Republic. It’s an older game that doesn’t need a boatload of system resources and being able to take this on the road would make for hours of mobile gaming fun. Count me in as someone hoping it happens.
I generally think Jay Leno is a hack and has been phoning it in for years. I generally think Jaywalking is the most vapid recurring segment in comedy. I’m willing to make an exception when Mark Hamill crashes a Star Trek parody.
Well. Here we are. Reading Fate of the Jedi again. I had actually just gotten around to reading the series in its entirety the month before I started this project and I can’t really say that I was looking forward to reading it again so soon especially given how long I delayed reading it in the first place. This series was first published in March 2009. By then, I was a poor college student and the prospect of reading and buying series published entirely in hardcover was not very appealing to me especially after Invincible. At some point, I picked up the first book because it was Allston, liked it well enough, but wasn’t overly inclined to run out and read all the others. In the summer of 2011, I finally convinced myself to read the first four books… and then got side tracked by a New Jedi Order reread and didn’t return to them until fall 2012. Basically, this is a very long winded way for me to say that this series never really managed to grab my attention and draw me in like some of the others. Unfortunately.
I blame Abeloth.
Well, they Allston-ed me again. It’s nice to see that the previous galactic war had consequences and that they are carrying over here. However, I still cannot figure out why the heck anyone would put Daala in charge. It makes zero sense to me.
The good news is that this book has a lot of my favorite Allston moves. We get a pilot reunion over on Kessel and thankfully, Wedge seems to still be retired. We also get the Darkmeld group which I positively LOVE and not just because Winter finally get to reappear. It’s a rather excellent mix of people. I also loved that we get Jag referencing his relationship to Wedge because that’s brought into play far too infrequently. The relationship between Jaina and Jag is also very well written and it’s nice to see them together and functional again. Also, every time Jag corrects someone about it being the ‘Galactic Empire’ instead of ‘Imperial Remnant’, I crack up.
In typical Allston fashion, the Horn siblings (and family) finally get to take center stage only for their lives to end up seriously sucking. Valin Horn, stop being crazy.
The other high point of this book has to be the father/son relationship between Ben and Luke. I love getting to see Ben’s ridiculous sense of humor (Grand Master Whango Mittpool!) and how well they work together. The whole plot line of retracing Jacen’s steps and trying to figure out what happened is actually rather intriguing although I think his problem was named Lumiya. Regardless, it will be neat to see these other Force using orders. But really, it’s just great watching these two play off one another especially with their different strengths and weaknesses.
This weekend brought us more in the way of Episode VII news and rumors so here are a few pieces of news you might’ve missed.
First, Episode VII has a costume designer and it is not Trisha Biggar who worked on the Prequel Trilogy. (Farewell gorgeous and elaborate dresses!) Michael Kaplan confirmed with Clothes On Film that he will be the costume designer for Episode VII. Kaplan has previously worked with JJ Abrams, mostly recently for Star Trek: Into Darkness, and is considered to be a regular collaborator with the director.
Next, we turn to the land of rumors. According to Latino Review, actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) is supposedly in the running for a part in Episode VII. The report does not specify what staring role Rhys Meyers could be up for and only that he is supposedly in talks. Rhys Meyers is best known for playing Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors and will be in the forthcoming Dracula show this fall. As with all rumors, we’d like to remind you that this is not confirmed and should not be treated as fact.
(via Club Jade)
Finally, although Kathleen Kennedy has said that Episode VII won’t be surrounded with the same sort of secrecy that Star Trek: Into Darkness was, producer Bryan Burk’s comments in an interview with /Film indicate that there still might be a fair amount of secrecy:
I guess what I’m saying is it’s always that balance. It’s a hard thing. If I were to right now tell you all of the things that were going to happen in Star Wars in detail, the left side of your brain would say ’Awesome,’ you guys would have this exclusive and know all of this stuff. But the right side is going to sit down one day and see the movie for the first time and you’d have all of that kind of spoiled, so it’s that balance of wanting to know everything and not wanting to know everything at the same time.
It’s like a magic trick and there’s nobody who wants to know how all of the magic tricks are done more than me. Then the second I learn how they are done, it’s like “Oh” and it kind of goes away.
So we might all be playing the ‘wait and see’ game in regards to spoilers or facts about Episode VII. You can read the rest of Burk’s comments along with Damon Lindelof’s at the linked interview above.
Welcome back to another edition of Cosplay Monday where we strive to brighten the start of your work week with some excellent costuming. This week, we’re turning the spotlight back to Kate/Lady Lomax Cosplay. You might recall her wonderful Endor Leia from several months ago. Well not only has she made improvements to the costume AND now have a life sized speeder but she’s also done an A New Hope Leia costume. They both look fantastic but seriously, how cool is that speeder? You can check out more pictures of all of her Leia costume as her Facebook page linked above.