Much has been made of the never-ending tweaks that George Lucas keeps making to the Star Wars saga and the resultant fan outrage. But in an effort to be constructive, here are a few elements that we wish Lucas HAD futzed with that might've changed things for the better.
Carrie Fisher says that George Lucas stole her identity. No, he didn't take her wallet and run up $200 on her credit card at GameStop. According to Fisher, he stole her identity in a completely different way: by selling her likeness on everything from Star Wars toothpaste to Princess Leia socks ... and not paying her for it.
John Dykstra is a special effects superstar who won both an Oscar and an MPAA scientific and engineering award in 1978 for his work on Star Wars. You'd think that George Lucas tinkering with his work would have Dykstra in a tizzy. But as it turns out ... nope. He's A-OK with it.
If you made your own commercial Star Wars movie now (we're not talking those fan films), George Lucas would eat your lunch. But it wasn't always that way. In fact, under earlier copyright law, the 1977 film A New Hope would have apparently lost protection in 2005. So how did we get here?
Back in 2009, George Lucas saw his lawsuit against prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, who manufactured replica stormtrooper helmets, squashed by the U.K.'s High Court, and so he appealed to a higher authority. (No, not Yoda.) But now the U.K. Supreme Court has delivered its own decision, which is: "Sorry, George!"
Boba Fett is one badass bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, as well as an unaltered clone of Stormtrooper template, Jango Fett. Some fans have wanted to see a movie starring the Fett, rather than the Jedi. But none of the fans have any pull with George Lucas, intellectual property holder of the Mandalorian mercenary. Except Joe Johnston.
Those of us who've always felt the Star Wars prequels were a bit of a letdown from the original trilogy always hoped George Lucas would man up and apologize for them. And according to Simon Pegg's new memoir, Lucas may have done just that.
Right up there with Eric Stoltz as Back to the Future's Marty McFly on the list of sci-fi what might have beens is Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. And after taking a look at Selleck's screen test, we have to say—it was better than we thought it would be.
Think the George Lucas who gave us A New Hope couldn't possibly be the same guy who made those prequels? According to the hilarious spoof trailer for George Lucas Strikes Back, there's a reason for that.
Back in 2005, George Lucas announced that the Star Wars universe would get two television shows: an animated show (The Clone Wars, which hit the big and little screen in 2008) and a live-action show set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.