I’ve been a Star Wars fan literally longer than I can remember. George Lucas was my role model growing up, until I realized that he was using Star Wars as a way to make money. I remembered him stating on the interviews on the pre-special edition THX releases that “movies are an art, not a business.”
Forgive me if this has been brought up before, I tried searching for it but couldn’t find any previous discussions on it.
George Lucas only wrote “the story” for the Star Wars trilogy. Most of the actual writing was done by other people. I’m sure we all already knew this. According to imdb.com, George Lucas wrote Episode IV; and he wrote “the story” for episodes V and VI. The actual writing credits for Episode IV are given to Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan; and
Lawrence Kasdan, Lucas, and David Webb Peoples (uncredited).
One of my good friends, who is just as much of a fan of the originals as I am, has been telling me that there was actually one person who did most of the writing for all three of the original movies. I’m not sure on the validity on this, and it figures, my friend can’t remember this guy’s name. He said that this guy got mad and left when Lucas decided to use Ewoks instead of Wookies on Endor. This kind of makes sense…seeing how the lack of the original writer would explain the 20-year delay for the prequels.
Anyway, if anyone has any information that proves/disproves what I’m talking about, please post it.
But, what this really brought something to my attention. Did George Lucas take too much credit? The only one of the original films that he can really call “his” is Episode IV, since he wrote the “story,” wrote the movie (according to the credits anyway), and directed it. Empire and Jedi were both directed by other people, and other people shared writing credits. And let’s not forget all the other hundreds of creative people who worked on these movies.
Have any of the other directors, writers, or crewmembers issued comments on the changes made for the Ruined Edition DVDs?
If you disagree with what I’m suggesting, please explain why. I’d like to discuss this…not argue it. I don’t want to hate George Lucas, but right now I think he’s insulting the original actors, crewmembers, and writers by altering their performances. Adding special effects he couldn’t achieve in the 70s and 80s is one thing, but removing the original actors is like slapping them in the face…isn’t it?