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'Episode I: The Phantom Menace. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with the blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace, to settle the conflict '
Lucas disappointed the world's Star Wars fans by disclosing in the Vanity Fair interview that Episodes I to III will be the last of the new productions. He has decided against making a further trilogy, comprising of Episodes VII-IX, which would follow on from Return of the Jedi. The sadness deepened as it sunk in that by rescinding on his earlier declaration to make Star Wars a nine-movie series, the whole thing now ends with that Ewok musical number in Episode VI!
you see it in six parts, you'll understand," Lucas affirmed. "It
really ends at part six." The 54-year-old director has realized
that after these three films, "I'll be at a point where do
another trilogy would take 10 years." He is clearly not intending
to emulate his idol, the late Akira Kurosawa, and keep working into
his 80s. Nor will he hand over the reins to a younger film-maker. "It's
my thing," he stated.
Movie fans around the planet still
await what the 'King of the World' will do after Titanic. Spider-Man
is still stuck in development hell, despite a 60-page story treatment
having been prepared by Cameron (which is more than he is understood
to have written so far for T3). He has also reportedly left
Fox's remake of Planet of the Apes as he was unhappy with the
direction it was taking (rumour has it that it may now go to Armageddon's
Michael Bay with a new script by Se7en and Sleepy Hollow's
Andrew Kevin Walker). A sequel to True Lies remains a distinct
possibility, the director claimed in a recent edition of Premiere, but
for the time being the most definite Cameron productions are two TV
projects, Mars and Dark Angel, the latter set in a
future time of 'political, economic and moral collapse' and centred on
an 18-year-old girl.
|For the full eight-page news section, with news of Bond 19, Kate Mulgrew's decision on Voyager, Godzilla, Millennium and the return of DoomWatchand ET, see Starburst #247|