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Star Wars: REBORN - The Complete Saga

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Okay Guys,

I'm back with a new project.

I've teamed up with TJDavis1138 again to bring to life an idea that was inspired by the story and editing structure of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part II". We feel that the father/son focus of the story, coupled with the epic scope and scale of the production is representative of the kind of editing style and structure we feel could be applied to the six episodes of the Star Wars Saga.

So, in short, our goal is to chronologically rearrange the telling of the Star Wars story in a way that will condense all six episodes into three extended editions, retaining only the best elements of the Prequels while preserving all the surprises of the Original Trilogy. Anakin and Luke's story arcs will be happening simultaneously now. The son will rise and the father will fall. You won't know FOR SURE if Anakin is Darth Vader until the beginning of Return of the Jedi.

The events of TPM will now be reduced to a prologue. AOTC will be intercut with ANH. The first half of ROTS will be intercut with ESB and the second half of ROTS will be intercut with ROTJ.

The new numberless episodes will be called: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Each scene of the saga has been analyzed, edited and tweaked to create (what we think) is the best possible storytelling experience.

In addition, we're commiting to a 2007 release date on all three episodes to be released at intervals throughout the year.

Out of this will, hopefully, come a new Star Wars Trilogy, re-edited, restructured, reborn. If it's not the definitive way to watch the Skywalker Saga, then it will certainly serve as an interesting new alternative.

Watch this thread for updates and add us to your friends list on myspace.com/starwarsreborn.

Watch the STAR WARS TRAILER here, the ESB TRAILER here and the ROTJ TRAILER here. Or download the LARGER VERSION here for STAR WARS, here for ESB and here for ROTJ.

--InfoDroid

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I haven't been excited about a fan edit in a long time, and this excites me! Can't wait!

I used to be very active on this forum. I’m not really anymore. Hi everybody. You’re all awesome. Keep up the good work.

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This is a great idea (although it's too bad you had to drop the Starkiller project to do it)

What about all the parts of the OT not related to Luke? For example, all of the Han Solo/Princess Leia stuff (including the asteroid field, space slug, and so on), Jawas, Ewoks, and so forth....

How much of the actual OT is retained?

Thanks!

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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Sounds awesome Info, I am definitely excited for this project

I sent you a friend request on myspace btw.
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Originally posted by: Trooperman
This is a great idea (although it's too bad you had to drop the Starkiller project to do it)

What about all the parts of the OT not related to Luke? For example, all of the Han Solo/Princess Leia stuff (including the asteroid field, space slug, and so on), Jawas, Ewoks, and so forth....

How much of the actual OT is retained?


Well, TJ and I both had to drop out of Starkiller for personal reasons at the beginning of the year, and now someone else is running it. Our lives are now back to normal and we're both still itching to do an edit, so I suggested we do this. We are, however, jokingly referring to ourselves as "Revenge of the Ranch Productions".

While we're focusing primarily on the Skywalker family for this edit, that doesn't mean we're cutting out all other characters and storylines. However, There are some things in the OT that we feel are superfluous for this edit and will be condensed. Like, for instance, ROTJ will now open with the Emperor's shuttle arriving at the Death Star instead of Vader's. And the Jabba's Palace sequence, we believe, doesn't truly begin until Luke arrives, so we preamble it with Boushh unfreezing Han in the middle of the night. Ewoks will be subtitled and they'll already be part of the Rebel plan to free Endor. The Rebels will land at their village as expected guests. So, things will be explained but you won't be led from point A to point B. Like in the Godfather, there'll be some room to fill in the blanks.

ANH we're still deciding on. I want to cut and TJ wants to keep. But we've entertained the somewhat radical possibility of panning down to the Death Star after the crawl and opening it with Tarkin's Death Star roundtable, then cutting to the droids arriving at the moisture farm where Luke is introduced. From a story standpoint, it's VERY efficient. It sets up the villain, it sets up the hero, then takes you immediately onto business. You don't lose anything that's not explained later in the film. The downside is, you lose all the Tantive IV stuff which everyone loves, but...

Let me just stress that this is intended as an alternative way to watch the Trilogy, not the definitive way. So expect to lose some scenes which some may consider to be "sacred ground".

And thanks for the support ReverendBeastly and Darth Richard! You guys are always great.

--ID



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Hey, that sounds fantastic!

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Ha! This kinda sux, I've had this idea for a long while now and I was trying to keep it secret because I wanted to use Adywan's versions of the OT to complete it, I was going to make mine into just one long movie Godfather 2 esque where it would keep cutting back and forth. I guess it was only a matter of time b4 someone else stumbled onto the idea. Well I guess yours will help me better decide what direction I'm going in, anyway, will you be using the GOUT or 04 dvds for your edit?
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What an ambitious yet exciting project! good luck on this!
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This is a great idea! I am excited about this one!
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As you're both releasing these in 2007, are you waiting for the 30th anniversary box to take advantage of probibal changes to enhance the plot? Sounds like a fantastic project. Best of luck and looking forward to hearing more.
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InfoDroid,

I can't wait to see what you and TJDavis1138 come up with.

Where's that trailer?

You know of the rebellion against the Empire?

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Trailer is coming, Guys, I promise. We ran into some last-minute snags with the rendering process, but TJ will hopefully have it up on YouTube tonight. Sorry for the delay.

DarthBalls, we'll be using the 2004 DVD's, except for ANH, where we may use either Darth Editous' version as a base, though Adywan's looks promising too. It depends on when we get to it and what the best version available is by then. Same goes for Casuallimp's question about a 2007 box set. If a TPM digital Yoda is released, we'll be sure to get that on the DVD. We're doing ANH/AOTC last because it'll be the most painful. Haha...

I'm glad everyone's excited about this! Can't wait to show you some stuff.

More later....

--ID

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Hey Guys!

Long time no see!

First of all the trailer is uploading now, I'll post a link as soon as it's done.


Someone asked earlier which versions of the dvd are we using? The 2004's for now. I thought about the GOUT, but decided that the obvious picture quality difference between that and the PT would be too much. Although we are going to do some minor color adjustments to the PT. If something else comes along while were working on the project it shouldn't be a huge deal to change it out. Were playing this one by ear.

I'll try to be more active in the thread than I have been in the past. Although ID is the better PR guy.

"You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could...you never stopped to think if you should." - Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
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Here we go! Link for rapidshare download......

http://rapidshare.com/files/682518/starwarsreborn_trailer_1.avi.html

"You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could...you never stopped to think if you should." - Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
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That trailer was FANTASTIC! I am so excited by that trailer that I can barely put into words what I am trying to say. Basically if that trailer reflects in any way the hard work you will be putting into this project then I am sure it will be very, very enjoyable! Good work guys!


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Thanks for the positive response, Guys! The trailer is definitely an example of things to come.

Here's the link to a lower-quality, yet more accessible version on YouTube...


YouTube Trailer

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OH MY GOD! WHAT A TRAILER!!!

Everybody MUST download this now!


This project looks fantastic....
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Well I wasn't too sure but the trailer has me sold - What music was used?
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The track is called "Tarawa" from the movie Snow Falling On Cedars (1999) by James Newton Howard.

That's a great soundtrack, by the way. The whole CD is incredible from start to finish.


--ID


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While I'm a definate non-fan of any of the prequals, I have to say this trailer has me jazzed! Awsome work - can't wait to see how this shapes up.

- John
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Oh, boy oh boy!

This is going to be a fun one. Good luck!