The Force Unleashed: The Next Star Wars Movie?

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The Force Unleashed: The Next Star Wars Movie?

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may not be a great videogame, but does it have the makings of the next great Star Wars movie?

Haden Blackman, project lead on The Force Unleashed videogame, thinks it's a great idea. "Oh, that would be incredible," he told the L.A. Times. "And it's not impossible. Never say never. George [Lucas] has looked to tell new Star Wars stories through the games and with the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe, and then he has also shown a willingness to let the characters come into the films. Look at Aayla Secura, a creation in the comic books who became part of the theatrical films."

In fact, the latest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, began life as an animated series for television before Lucas decided to put it on the big screen, and despite earning less than stellar reviews the report claims, "Lucas doesn't seem to care a bit about the opinion of any detractors when it comes to his historic entertainment enterprise and its directions."

Considered across the entire breadth of the "multimedia project," The Force Unleashed offers significant levels of detail that would facilitate a move into theaters. Along with the game, there is a Force Unleashed graphic novel, written by Blackman and published by Dark Horse Comics, and a hardcover novel written by Sean Williams. Blackman added that if a movie translation was to happen, it would be a testament to the "sophisticated ideas" of the development team, which gave equal weight to both storytelling and gameplay in The Force Unleashed. "It's an incredible time to be telling powerful stories in this fairly young medium," he said.

Ironically, the likelihood of a successful Force Unleashed movie depends largely on how willing Lucas is to stay hands-off and let other people handle the job. The best Star Wars projects to come out since Return of the Jedi have been those Lucas wasn't directly involved with; "You can type this shit, George, but you sure as hell can't say it," is a lesson that never seemed to sink in. I haven't played The Force Unleashed, so I can't really say whether it'd make a good movie or not. I will say this, however: It can't possibly be any worse than the last three pieces of crap Lucas and the gang shoveled out the door.

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Malygris:
"Lucas doesn't seem to care."

This editing is easy. ;)

Malygris:
I will say this, however: It can't possibly be any worse than the last three pieces of crap Lucas and the gang shoveled out the door.

Four surely, or did you like Phantom Menace?

It would make a great movie, and I read somewhere that the character design was somewhat close to the actual appearance of the Voice Actors, so it would be simple to cast.

in fact, the latest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, began life as an animated series for television.

that's what I said when I saw the trailer, why would anyone waste money on this movie when most people saw it on cartoon network for free already.

Please no Star Wars: The Force Unleashed movie. Star Wars 3 was bad but a movie about a boy who is an idiot and believes that Darth Vader is his friend? Please no

I'd rather see an Exar Kun/Ulic Qel-Droma era film, back in the days of KotOR but before the games are set.

I want it made into a movie. But only because I have a sadistic side and want to chuckle all the way home when all the fanboys are queuing around the block the night before the premiere in cinemas.

The game has a good story.. Kinda. The last mission does anyway. And erm, as it stands the film would be about an hour long.

Good idea in theory, but the actual thing would most likely be flawed unless you fleshed it all out with a lot more storyline and perhaps a bit of emotion.

I quote Tim Buckley:
"I was also amused to see the "romantic" tangent in the story. I am now thoroughly convinced that love in the Star Wars Universe works something like this.

"Hi. I see you are a woman, and breathing."
"Yes, I see you are a man, and also breathing."
"We are in love now."
"Yes."

Because frankly, that's what they're showing us over, and over, and over."

Oh please, please, please say it isn't going happen. I already ignore the existence of those dreadful prequels. I think it should have been left to peacefully die after the first three, those were amazing.

I did enjoy The Force Unleashed though, it was decent game, and that's what it should stay as.

Don't do it... the Skywalker saga is just about as milked as it can get at this point...

as Khell said about a month ago:

"George Lucas... do something new"

darkstone:

in fact, the latest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, began life as an animated series for television.

that's what I said when I saw the trailer, why would anyone waste money on this movie when most people saw it on cartoon network for free already.

the die-hard star wars fans that dont allow this milked franchise to die

This would be interesting, But why the Hell does everyone say that the last three movies were crap?

It can't possibly be any worse than the last three pieces of crap Lucas and the gang shoveled out the door.

This line is what makes me lose respect for humanity. If anyone can answer why they were so bad, feel free to quote.

I don't know if it would make a good movie or not. It's probably best left as episode 3.5, similar to Shadows of the Empire. Also, since they incorporate many familiar faces from the series, a movie would be difficult to pull off. It is a pretty fun game though.

COR 2000:
This line is what makes me lose respect for humanity. If anyone can answer why they were so bad, feel free to quote.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

Yes.

COR 2000:
This would be interesting, But why the Hell does everyone say that the last three movies were crap?

It can't possibly be any worse than the last three pieces of crap Lucas and the gang shoveled out the door.

This line is what makes me lose respect for humanity. If anyone can answer why they were so bad, feel free to quote.

Ok...but I don't have a lot of time. Quickly :

When you spend the entire movie waiting for the lightsabre battle and all you talk about afterwards is the lightsabre battle, then you've just watched lightsabre porn.
Darth Vader? That really cool, dark, evil dude? Was once a snot nosed brat. WE DON'T FREAKING CARE!
Boba Fett? The same.
Super Mario Kart is not the best way to own a spaceship.
We tire of 'hidden' racial stereotypes.
He is one of the few people who actually made James Earl Jones look stupid.
And Samuel L Jackson.
"Roger, Roger". Yep, death droids can be stupid too.
Not only did he craft a story from product placements and stereotypes, but he did it badly enough to damage the sequels, so he had to 'repair' them and not let people see the originals. There's no fucking DRM on Movies you tight bastard.

....calm...calm....

The prequels good points can be summed up as twin lightsabres and Ewan Mcgregor.

Oh and CGI this, Lucas *punch*

And Samuel L Jackson.

I thought it made Sammy L. J. look pretty cool, on the whole. Didn't make him look stupid anyway.

"Roger, Roger". Yep, death droids can be stupid too.

I always wondered why droids were such shit shots. You'd think with targetting computers and robotically stabilised arms then their aim would be perfect.

The_root_of_all_evil:

1.)When you spend the entire movie waiting for the lightsabre battle and all you talk about afterwards is the lightsabre battle, then you've just watched lightsabre porn.
2.)Darth Vader? That really cool, dark, evil dude? Was once a snot nosed brat. WE DON'T FREAKING CARE!
3.)Boba Fett? The same.
4.)Super Mario Kart is not the best way to own a spaceship.
5.)We tire of 'hidden' racial stereotypes.
6.)He is one of the few people who actually made James Earl Jones look stupid.
7.)And Samuel L Jackson.
8.)"Roger, Roger". Yep, death droids can be stupid too.
9.)Not only did he craft a story from product placements and stereotypes, but he did it badly enough to damage the sequels, so he had to 'repair' them and not let people see the originals. There's no fucking DRM on Movies you tight bastard

1.)That makes no sense whatsoever.
2.)It was for character development, and to show what Vader was before he turned all evil.
3.)Just shown as a younger age and that he was a clone.
4.)Where does that come from?
5.)Okay, I'm clueless about this one.
6+7.)How?
and 8.)The droids were mass-produced. They weren't the toughest, but they were cheap and that's all the Trade Federation wanted.
Also, ever hear of the Ultra Battle Droid?
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:B3_ultra_battle_droid_TotG.jpg

COR 2000:

If anyone can answer why they were so bad, feel free to quote.

Alrighty, skipping over the aforementioned points -- that Hayden Christensen's performance turns one of the greatest villains in cinema history into a whiny, emo, loser -- let's deal with the following:

Jar Jar Binks -- 'nuff said on that one, I think.
The Padme/Anakin love story--We are never, ever given a single reason to believe that Padme would've gone on a single date with Anakin, let alone fallen for him in such an epic way. Also, Portman and Christensen have less than no chemistry between them, which makes the love story completely unbelievable.
General Grievous--How, exactly, does a robot develop a cough? (Apologies if that was explained in the cartoon, but I never saw it.)
Midichlorians--again, 'nuff said on that one, I think.

It boils down to this: the performances are sub par, a great deal of the writing is positively laughable, and we're given few characters to love.

General Grievous--How, exactly, does a robot develop a cough? (Apologies if that was explained in the cartoon, but I never saw it.)

That was explained in the cartoon. Grievous had a droid body, but retained a number of his original parts including his lungs. In the cartoon, Mace Windu uses force crush on Grievous' chest and damages his lungs, hence the cough in Episode 3.

I too thought the Padme/Anakin thing was a bit forced. It seemed to be tacked on simply to explain the birth of Luke and Leia for episodes 4-6. That, in my opinion, is not good writing.

Amnestic:

General Grievous--How, exactly, does a robot develop a cough? (Apologies if that was explained in the cartoon, but I never saw it.)

That was explained in the cartoon. Grievous had a droid body, but retained a number of his original parts including his lungs. In the cartoon, Mace Windu uses force crush on Grievous' chest and damages his lungs, hence the cough in Episode 3.

Ah, fair enough. Complaint withdrawn.

Susan Arendt:
Jar Jar Binks -- 'nuff said on that one, I think.

Okay, I'm not defending that dude, The Phantom Edit shows just how much better the movie would have been without the squeaky bastard.

The Padme/Anakin love story--We are never, ever given a single reason to believe that Padme would've gone on a single date with Anakin, let alone fallen for him in such an epic way. Also, Portman and Christensen have less than no chemistry between them, which makes the love story completely unbelievable.

This still bothered me less than when it was revealed that Luke was Leia's brother. The former was cringe-worthy, but the latter had me staring at the screen thinking "...no, no way. I'm out."

Midichlorians--again, 'nuff said on that one, I think.

I'm not a huge Star Wars fan so I can't be sure of this, but someone said midichlorians were more like indicators of the Force than the Force itself. I could be wrong, but eh.

It boils down to this: the performances are sub par, a great deal of the writing is positively laughable, and we're given few characters to love.

Everything you just said could be labelled at the sequels, especially since the last was so subjective. You didn't like many of the characters, but I sure did (probably because I watched the prequels as a kid, just like most of the people who complain about them watched the sequels).

I honestly believe that the whole gap in quality issue is more than the result of nostalgia than the prequels being that much worse, and that if the films had come out the other way (prequels first) we'd be hearing constant complaints about how Lucas "ruined Yoda" by not letting him die in battle, or how the Empire being defeated by Ewoks "raped my childhood by making something that represented such great evil get defeated by teddybears."

TheBadass:

I honestly believe that the whole gap in quality issue is more than the result of nostalgia than the prequels being that much worse, and that if the films had come out the other way (prequels first) we'd be hearing constant complaints about how Lucas "ruined Yoda" by not letting him die in battle, or how the Empire being defeated by Ewoks "raped my childhood by making something that represented such great evil get defeated by teddybears."

To be fair, that last point gets quite an airing despite the fact it's old trilogy. Meh, personally I loved the Ewoks. Good old Chief Chirpa...

I absolutely agree that part of the ire against the prequels is that they are inevitably compared to the original trilogy. And, yes, a good portion of the disdain is fueled by nostalgia, there's no question about that. But I think that Star Wars and Empire (and, to a lesser extent, Jedi) were simply better films. Better characters, better acting, better stories, better everything. You really felt scared when Luke, Leia, Han, et al were in that trash compactor. When those doors opened in Bespin and you saw Vader at the head of the table...so incredibly shocking. And Leia finally telling Han she loves him? Oh, heartbreaking.

I think you're largely right, though, that a person's preference lies largely in whichever trilogy they saw a) first and/or b) as a child.

COR 2000:

1.)That makes no sense whatsoever.
2.)It was for character development, and to show what Vader was before he turned all evil.
3.)Just shown as a younger age and that he was a clone.
4.)Where does that come from?
5.)Okay, I'm clueless about this one.
6+7.)How?
and 8.)The droids were mass-produced. They weren't the toughest, but they were cheap and that's all the Trade Federation wanted.

Fair points.
1) A New Hope had dogfights, lightsabres, The Death Star; Return had revelations, Hoth, Dagobah; Return had Speeder Bikes, "It's a TRAP!", Luke's near fall.
The prequels had lightsabre battles as their only moment of excitement : Hence lightsabre porn.
2/3) Character development is irrelevant at that point. Flashbacks only undermine the character arc unless they are plotted expertly. Taking a character that screams bad-ass and making him a brat just makes us loathe him instead of respect his authority.
4) The Pod Race. It should have been used as a dramatic scene, not the whole of the movie. Phantom Menace is simply "We've landed in the shit, let's bet our lives on a remote chance of getting out.". There's no development there at all. Even Anakin doesn't change.
5) Lucas is well known for using Earth references for all of his languages. The Jawas and Tusken Raiders speak a form of African; so having the "Lordy Lordy Dem White Guys be coming Boss" Jar Jar and the 'Mexican' dodgy pod dealer is just as bad as Star Trek's 'Big Black Fighting Guy' meme.
6) "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
7) SLJ is boring. He sits with his hand on his chin whilst he's watching the whole Empire fall into shit.
8) Mass produced robots do not act like Kids Toys. Robots also can fire more accurately than humans.

To pass back to Susan in the Carmen Sandiago thread, the film is telegraphed and dumbed down; and what's worse is that it destroys the mystique of the second trilogy.
Han's arc from Scoundrel to Hero is circumvented. Sir Alec Guinness is cut out. Yoda's mystery is removed. Vader and Fett are left as embittered shells. Luke's mystery is cut out. Leia's image is already wrapped around Portman.
Even Jabba looks worse.

That's before we take in the weak performances, telegraphed endings and dialogue that FOX NEWS would shy away from.

One point remains, the first trilogy you see will be the strongest. The problem is that the second trilogy will be rubbish because of it; not strengthened by it.

I saw this moviebob video recently, seems like his prediction was right.

After seeing the "Uncle" in clone wars, I've come to the acceptance stage of death.

I think the next person who calls Stars Wars "A New Hope" should get an internets cockpunch.

Star Wars was genius, not because it was original in any way but because it distilled all that was awesome about the various films and genres it ripped off into one ground-breaking, mind-blowing, supercharged package. Empire wasn't genius but it was still cool because it was more Star Wars, and at that point the entire world was ready to kill for more Star Wars. Jedi wasn't so hot, but it was the end of the story so allowances were made and everyone went home happy.

The rest of it? Unadulterated crapola.

Malygris:
I think the next person who calls Stars Wars "A New Hope" should get an internets cockpunch.

Star Wars was genius, not because it was original in any way but because it distilled all that was awesome about the various films and genres it ripped off into one ground-breaking, mind-blowing, supercharged package. Empire wasn't genius but it was still cool because it was more Star Wars, and at that point the entire world was ready to kill for more Star Wars. Jedi wasn't so hot, but it was the end of the story so allowances were made and everyone went home happy.

The rest of it? Unadulterated crapola.

I Am Going To Quote This And Say Nothing.

Malygris:
I think the next person who calls Stars Wars "A New Hope" should get an internets cockpunch.

Star Wars was genius, not because it was original in any way but because it distilled all that was awesome about the various films and genres it ripped off into one ground-breaking, mind-blowing, supercharged package. Empire wasn't genius but it was still cool because it was more Star Wars, and at that point the entire world was ready to kill for more Star Wars. Jedi wasn't so hot, but it was the end of the story so allowances were made and everyone went home happy.

The rest of it? Unadulterated crapola.

Uh... It's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It says so in the FREAKIN OPENING. Its what the BOX says, and its what the creators and the studio calls it, so... Sorry, get over it.

Ivoryagent:

Malygris:
I think the next person who calls Stars Wars "A New Hope" should get an internets cockpunch.

Star Wars was genius, not because it was original in any way but because it distilled all that was awesome about the various films and genres it ripped off into one ground-breaking, mind-blowing, supercharged package. Empire wasn't genius but it was still cool because it was more Star Wars, and at that point the entire world was ready to kill for more Star Wars. Jedi wasn't so hot, but it was the end of the story so allowances were made and everyone went home happy.

The rest of it? Unadulterated crapola.

I Am Going To Quote This And Say Nothing.

Isn't that what the "QFT" abbreviation is for?

ElArabDeMagnifico:
Isn't that what the "QFT" abbreviation is for?

I'm not that desperate.

Ok. If they are to make a movie...please. Don't make it animated. For the love of God.

Anyways, maybe live action? Personally, I think if this happens, it can go 2 ways. Epic Fail or EEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPPIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCC FFFFFFFFAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL.

I don't think it will make it, nice idea though.

Isn't Kim-Jon-Il a movie fan? Didn't North Korea just take the seals off some of it's nuclear programs?

Just sayin'

At least Star Wars: TFU had more importance and furthered the story line more than Star Wars the Clone Wars.

I thought SW-TFU was a movie, at least it's sure not much of a game.

COR 2000:
This would be interesting, But why the Hell does everyone say that the last three movies were crap?

It can't possibly be any worse than the last three pieces of crap Lucas and the gang shoveled out the door.

This line is what makes me lose respect for humanity. If anyone can answer why they were so bad, feel free to quote.

Episode One was good if you remove Jar-jar. But also in the first one they explained the force. WHAT THE FUCK?!?! But for 2 and 3...Hayden Christenson is a horrible actor and they made the love story that could easily have been an aside became the main point. Other than that, I and II were good.

Brockyman:

Malygris:
I think the next person who calls Stars Wars "A New Hope" should get an internets cockpunch.

Star Wars was genius, not because it was original in any way but because it distilled all that was awesome about the various films and genres it ripped off into one ground-breaking, mind-blowing, supercharged package. Empire wasn't genius but it was still cool because it was more Star Wars, and at that point the entire world was ready to kill for more Star Wars. Jedi wasn't so hot, but it was the end of the story so allowances were made and everyone went home happy.

The rest of it? Unadulterated crapola.

Uh... It's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It says so in the FREAKIN OPENING. Its what the BOX says, and its what the creators and the studio calls it, so... Sorry, get over it.

Yes, the chapter at the beginning of the movie is "A New Hope," but the movie's proper name is Star Wars...nothing more, nothing less. LucasArts changed it when the prequels came out, in much the same way that Raiders of the Lost Ark is now Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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