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1997 Fools: Lucas Scraps Star Wars "Prequels"
Subject: *** DID YOU HEAR THE TRAGIC NEWS?!?!?!?!?!?! *** From: email@example.com (Phil Mahoney) Date: 1997/04/01 Message-Id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting,rec.arts.sf.starwars.games,rec.arts.sf.starwars.misc Please someone tell me this isn't true!!!! Tuesday April 1 8:13 AM EST Lucas Scraps Star Wars "Prequels" By Kevin Somers HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - With "The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition" still gobbling up sales receipts at the box-office, some bad news has arisen from the Lucasfilm camp. To the impending dismay of fans worldwide, George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," now the top-grossing film of all time, and its two sequels "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return Of The Jedi" has retracted his promise of a second trilogy of Star Wars films. Mere days ago, Lucasfilm announced its plans to start principal photography on Star Wars Episode 1 on September 8 of this year. The film was already deep into preproduction. Trouble began late last week when Lucas scrapped 70% of the script for the third part of his new trilogy. When asked why he would turn down the chance to again thrill filmgoers with his sci-fi epic, as well as pass up what would invariably be a windfall of box-office grosses, Lucas was quoted as saying "It just isn't going well. Casting has been difficult. We've been unable to find anyone suitable for the roles." Lucas also said that technological limitations have failed to sustain his vision of the films. "I waited this long for [the technology] to catch up with my imagination, but we're not quite there yet." Lucas plans to return to the project eventually, but "not for awhile." The films were to take place several years before the existing trilogy. The first film of the proposed second trilogy, "Balance Of The Force" was to open in May 1999. Reuters/Variety