Originally posted by Tiburon3D
[B]According to a Biography I read, George Lucas had very little to do with “MORE American Graffiti.” The studio wanted a sequel because the first on was so popular – it cost so little and they made a boat load of cash. My memory is fading but I don’t think Lucas did much for that film except maybe, maybe give a story outline. It was a different director, different writer.
And Lucas didn’t write the Indiana Jones Trilogy, only story, I’m not sure about the Young Indiana shows, but I know he had a lot of help with American Graffiti and had 2 co-authors.
I agree, he’s too close and has too much control with the new star wars films. But why should he change? From his perspective – making hundreds of millions of dollars for Ep 1 & 2, two very poor movies – why should he stop? He knows that he can make any movie he wants no matter how bad, and still make tons of money. But I guess he doesn’t realize that if he gave up a little control to a talented Director/writer and spent time on the sent getting real performances he might be making box office and film history rather than becoming the subject of rants on bulletin boards across the internet.
Oh well, that’s my two cents.
Hooray for The Two Towers, VFX done right. [/B]
actually you are all very far off base on this one. Lucas isnt doing this because he knows he can produce any crap and make millions (though that is true) he is doing this for the same reason a 60 year old man goes out and buys a corvette. He is trying to recapture his youth. He is trying to discover again. He is like a kid with a set of legos, some glue, and a dremel…trying to see what he can do to make the old toys new.
If you think about it…no matter how crappy the new sequels are…they are awesome R&D for future projects!!! Go as far and overproduced as possible on these movies…then you can use the tech that was so crammed into them sparingly in future endevours!
These movies are basically his way of playing with everything he has wanted to play with and use his bad ass crew that he has had for all these years to expediate technology.
Did he have to use all CG bg’s?? No, but now it is known that it can be done convincingly if needed. Did the storm troopers all have to be CG…of course not, they werent in previous SW movies…but now they know that they can do it!!
SW 1&2 are basically a company that really wants to do some hardcore RnD but needs funding to do it!! You cant do as much as was done on those movies without making the money back…so you cram it all into a franchise that is KNOWN will make all the money back because there are enough die hard fans to pay for it, no matter how bad an eye candy fx show it is!!!
who knows maybe epi 3 will be completely animated!
thats about all thats left!
oh, and i thought Final Fantasy was an amazing movie!!! Great story, great characters…amazing visuals…it was just that america was not ready for an eastern style drama in animation form…sad really…it could have been a great push in the right direction!