Director's Cut: George Lucas finally admits he made Star Wars up as he went along
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All your base are belong to us.

It could be that the purpose of my life is only to serve as a warning to others.
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#2
Well, the letter as quoted doesn't say that he made up Star Wars as he went along, it says that he didn't know where it was going when the first movie came out. That much has already been documented through various books, and articles. He fleshed out the whole Star Wars universe later on.

There is plenty of room in the timeline for the grand plan Lucas described to have been developed after the first movie and before the sixth.

Patrick Sauriol's logic doesn't hold up under close scrutiny. Not that it really matters. Who cares when the details were filled in?
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Michael Wrote:Who cares when the details were filled in?

No one really. We all know Lucas made it up as he went along, and there's a pile of evidence to support it. This is just one more Louisville Slugger-strike against a long-dessicated horse.

The issue is that he's claimed since forever that he knew what he was doing. The timeline never fit, it still doesn't.
All your base are belong to us.

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Ron D. Moore always tried to sell us on the idea that he had BSG all worked out, straight from the beginning. But with all the sidesteps and red herrings he put into the story, I think it got away from him, and he suddenly realized 'Oh, frak! We're in the final act of this story!' He then, it seems, sought to wrap it up while he still had the option to do so.

It doesn't surprise me that Lucas made some things up along the way. It was a big project. I found that 'Tataouine' was the name of a town in Tunisia, where the desert parts of the movie were supposedly filmed. 'Tataouine' became 'Tatooine' along the way.
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I think most movies fall into that category in one way or another, and genre movies especially. It's just part of the process. If you watch the special features or listen to the commentary tracks on any given DVD, more often than not you'll hear of some instance where they just made it up on the spot, or caught a fortuitous break, or had the writer change a scene on the spot, etc.

The only reason it's noteworthy here is that the Lucas-haters are always looking for new "evidence" that supports their negative view of him.
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#6
Lucas, to some, is a hack. his 20-year hiatus from the franchise miffed ardent fans and fueled that argument. And the response to the second trilogy was not entirely favorable.

I just brush it off. It's not realistic to expect universal, unwavering elation from the audience on any project.
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EDSEL_PK Wrote:I just brush it off. It's not realistic to expect universal, unwavering elation from the audience on any project.

Not anymore, anyway. I have little doubt that if the new films had come out before the world wide web took off, they would have been just as revered as the old ones.
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Hm. "Star Wars I" was the highest grossing of the six, and "Star Wars III" was the second highest grossing of the six.

I don't know how to compare the gross receipts in same-year dollars, though.

IMDB doesn't say it tries to calculate same-year dollars.

Box Office Mojo's "Adjusted for Inflation" list does put the original three movies ahead of the second three but they don't appear to include all sales, whereas IMDB seems to be including all sales.

According to Box Office Mojo's calculations, "Avatar" only ranks 14th.
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#9
Well my firewall filter at work says RobRoy's original link is associated with porn so I'll have to wait to read the article. Bottom line is most believe that not all was planned out while he did the movies.

The real question is can he stop tinkering with each release on a media with the blu-rays coming up?
I can imagine quite a bit.
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