The Prequels Strike Back Doc Reaches Funding Goal

Ministry of Cinema’s fundraising efforts for its planned documentary, “The Prequels Strike Back” surpassed its $7500 goal to make it a full-length feature. The film’s director posted about his plans at Clone Corridor.

On the film’s Indiegogo page, Weatherholt and co. have posted who they plan on interviewing for the movie, and that list includes not only awesome people like Dr. Camille Paglia, Dr. Anne Lancanshire, and Steven Galipeau who wrote a pretty decent book about Jung and Star Wars pre-TPM, but also friends of SWPAS like Paul McDonald and Bob Clark. (It will also feature Chris Gore, presumably to play the devil in the film.)

There’s still 31 days to go on this fundraiser in case you feel like chipping in a couple of bucks.

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10 Responses to “The Prequels Strike Back Doc Reaches Funding Goal”

  1. mes520 Says:

    Can’t wait!

  2. Bob Clark Says:

    Apparently Gore has turned some kind of a corner, so he says. I’ll believe it when I see it, but who knows.

    • mes520 Says:

      Perhaps he read the ring theory?

      • Bob Clark Says:

        I’m also thinking, since he has kids, maybe that affected him.

      • may_child Says:

        Maybe he actually grew the hell up and saw how pandering to entitled Internet hateboys over a series of MOVIES made him look not intelligent and hip, as he imagined, but petty, perspective-free, and idiotic.

        Not to mention that he looked like a pathetic, ignorant brown-noser when he interviewed Gary Kurtz and gushed over the sour-grapes loser as “the man behind ‘The Dark Crystal'” (Jim Henson hated working with him on that movie so much that he seriously considered removing his name from the credits) and “Return to Oz” (on which Kurtz bungled his producing duties so badly that George Lucas — the same George Lucas that Kurtz supposedly babysat and forced to care about quality — had to step in and save it).

        But I doubt it. I don’t trust him. I don’t trust anyone who devoted so much time and effort to bashing the prequels, and treated it as a holy crusade instead of the temper tantrum it was.

    • Tony Ferris Says:

      He wrote this in the comments section of The Prequels Strike Back’s Indiegogo page…

      “Looking forward to this movie. I was in People VS. George Lucas and I believe there’s another side to the story. I’ve begun to look at the prequels differently now. Good luck!”

      I’d be skeptical about what ‘differently’ means, but I don’t so much care about someone liking or disliking the movies, I would just like the vitriol to stop, and for Lucas’s talents as a filmmaker to be fairly acknowledged, and his intentions for Star Wars understood.

      After that, people are free to like what ever they want.

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I agree Tony. If Gore truly looks at the PT differently now, then I think it behooves the filmmakers to address that as part of the film’s narrative. What was he saying then and how (and why) has his feelings changed. I think one issue they really need to explore is what I believe was the driving force (pun intended) behind some of the fan outrage: removing George Lucas from power. I think what drove hateboys particularly nuts throughout the PT era was that they had absolutely no say over what George did with his saga. No matter how much they screamed about who should shoot first or what Boba Fett’s backstory really should be, George kept telling the story HE wanted to tell without bending to fickle fanboy whims. I believe the comments from people like Michael Kaminski show that there was a concerted goal of making life so uncomfortable for George Lucas that he would eventually walk away and let others (i.e. the fans) take creative control. Sadly, that’s exactly what has happened. If this PT documentary really wants to leave a mark, it needs to dig deep into the people who were leading the anti-PT/anti-GL campaign online and explore their motivations.

      • Tony Ferris Says:

        It’s not really what happened though. George told his story to completion, it wasn’t taken away from him, nor was he pressured into giving it up. Whatever happens next is irrelevant, Lucas’s story exists forever, exactly as he intended. I think you’re right about the psychology of disgruntled fans (bizarrely enough it’s mirrored in Anakin Skywalker) but George gave up Star Wars to free himself from it, and to secure its future.

        If he really means to make these experimental films that he’s been banging on about for years, then he needs to put his focus on them. Star Wars was too easy a distraction, for a man too easily distracted, it needed to go. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll make those films, but I’m convinced that was the overriding intention behind stepping away from his far, far away galaxy. That and ensuring that Star Wars lived beyond him. There’s certainly a much better chance of those movies happening now, than there was before he off-loaded Lucasfilm.

        The rest of the world can have Disney’s Star Wars, what I want is George Lucas’ cinematic experimentations.

        As to examining the motivations behind the hate spewed at the prequels!? It was a collective cultural tantrum in effect, so I suppose the motivation was for the tantrum throwers to get their way, as you say. It’ll be interesting see if and how the doc tackles the phenomenon, if at all.

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        It’s my theory (and I’m sticking to it) that Lucas finally walked away because he simply decided life was too short to put up with batcrap crazy fans and obsessives with a smothering sense of internet entitlement. George still had plans for more Clone Wars and other series, not to mention getting the ball started on Episode VII, but I think after all the griping about Indy VI, the changes in the Blu-Rays and the response to Red Tails he simply had enough. I doubt we’ll know the full story until after he’s departed our world.

      • Tony Ferris Says:

        Lucas just strikes me as far too stubborn to do that. At the risk of being as wrong as Mace Windu when he said it; “It’s not in his character.”

        I think it was pressure from friends to do something other than Star Wars before he runs out of time to do it, that made him finally jettison his most famous creation. He’s as much as said that in interviews since the sale.

        You’re probably right when you say that we won’t know the full story until after he’s gone from the world (if even then), but absent anything to the contrary I simply do not believe that he gave in to bullies. It just doesn’t seem like something he’d do. 🙂

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