What Was Known 18 Months Before TPM’s Release

The Bearded Trio compared what was officially known about TPM 18 months before its 1999 release (quite a bit) with what we know about Episode VII 18 months out from its guesstimated 2015 release (almost nothing). It’s interesting to note that most of the main cast was not officially signed or announced until weeks before shooting began, even though I had heard rumors about Natalie and Ewan as far back as Fall 1996.


8 Responses to “What Was Known 18 Months Before TPM’s Release”

  1. peacetrainjedi Says:

    Some of those Episode I rumors…
    To be fair, Charlton Heston as Yoda sounds so unbelievably profound.

    And I think for once, the fact that we know next to nothing is mostly due to the fact that it’s still being thought up. Yes, JJ is a secretive gent, but other than the already written story, I think this movie is genuinely much less further along than Episode I was in the same time frame. Nowadays, post-production can be done quicker, usually still in high quality, and i think that is where the time will be made up.

    • M. Marshall Says:

      Another problem is that there’s too many expectations from “fans” who want it to be so removed from the prequels that they’re already making lists of what should or shouldn’t be in the new films. I wonder if Disney and Abrams are sliding into that “eager to please” mode that Disney has been demonstrating in the recent past- otherwise this film will not be released in 2015- it will be held back a few years more…

    • lazypadawan Says:

      This is running closer to the timeframe in which Eps IV-VI were filmed. Lucas shot the prequels the way he did because he wanted lots of time to add and re-shoot scenes after principal photography. But a lot of pre-production work, at least 2 years’ worth, preceded every Star Wars film. I don’t think they hired Chiang and McCaig until this past summer.

  2. lovelucas Says:

    I have no doubt that this film will be tailored for the haters/complainers. That site making suggestions for JJ included – no cities, no new anything, esp ships etc, no senate, keeping The Force mysterious (a dig at midichlorians of course) and nothing “cute” where they show Jar Jar getting kicked. Of course Ewoks receive a pass. The deal is with “new” and the cities and the senate: don’t they *@##$ing realize that the beginning WAS the beginning? Before the Rebels/the Jedi/the good guys lost? When these were in the glory years??? I do believe they’ve chosen to deliberately self-lobotomize. Missing George’s point entirely and very deliberately.

    • Keith Palmer Says:

      I noticed someone linking approvingly to the video (as another annoying “off-topic” post among things I want to be interested in) and adding “Star Wars should be all about camaraderie.” I would argue in response that Anakin being more isolated than Luke was one of the things working against him, and that it’s one thing for Luke, Han, and Leia to be best pals fighting the Empire, but if someone doesn’t care what brought about what they had to fight in the first place, that does make me think again of how shallow the Star Wars they cling to gets to feel…

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I’m convinced 90% of Star Wars fandom is made up of idiots now.

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