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selected from Starburst #247

Future of the Force
For those of you who haven't seen Vanity Fair's special cover story on Star Wars (or the re-reported version on the Internet), here's the 'title crawl' text that will begin Lucas's new film (just picture it after the famous Fox fanfare and accompanied by John Williams's theme - which he's promised to reprise here):

'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!

"When 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.

Full story in Starburst #247

T3/Total Recall 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous promise looks set to come true once again, according to the respected trade journal Variety. The report said that Arnie and James Cameron have been in talks with 20th Century Fox to make Terminator 3. Cameron would write and produce but not necessarily direct. Fox recently bought all rights to the famed cyborg property after it was split between producer Gale Anne Hurd and ex-Carolco chiefs Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar. Before then, it looked too complex for a T3 deal to come about. The whole thing, however, still hinges on Schwarzenegger's participation - and the megastar's Titanic-sized salary demands could be a sticking point (after the current End of Days, there's even the chance of Arnie heading-up Total Recall 2 for Dimension Films). A related deal at Fox also puts a Terminator TV series in motion, obviously without the movie main-man.

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 
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