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George Lucas wanted Frank Darabont to (co-) write Phantom Menace

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by Josh, Mar 27, 2018.

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    This news is from 2000, but I think a lot of people dont know this, so I wanted to share this with you guys.
    http://www.theforce.net/episode1/story/Frank_Darabont_Refutes_TPM_Rumors_75332.asp

    Thats the 3rd time someone couldn't work on a SW movie because of some stupid hollywood guilds smh

    Spielberg on Jedi (directing)
    Darabont on Phantom (writing)
    Oldman on Sith (acting)
    and almost Kershner.
     
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    Well, that’s the cross you bear when you try to buck the system based on principles. The system usually bucks back.
     
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    George, the saint that he was WOULD NEVER do that.................................................(pause for dramatic effect).........................NOT
     
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    The only way the prequels would've been epic (I'm not a prequel basher I love the prequels) is if GL found a writer/director that wasn't afraid to tell him: NO, thats not cool George; the only director I know thats brave enough to say that, is Spielberg. I never forgot reading, GL wanted to call Indiana Jones, Indiana Smith but Spielberg was smart enough to say to George that doesn't sound right. Imagine: Indiana Smith and the Temple of Doom...
     
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    Ironically, Kathleen Kennedy was Spielberg's "No Guy" early on. She was the only one willing to pull him aside and say "Dude. What. The. Hell."
    But yes you are spot on. George needed his "No Guy" so badly. But based on ESB and ROTJ no one wanted to get into that...would he have even accepted it?
     
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    He gave SJ a purple Light saber, so I think its how you approached it, and how you painted the picture. George imagine angry Wookies lifting stormtroopers and ripping their arms out of the their sockets, those Ewoks could be young Wookies in training, rookies are force sensitive LOL...
     
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    Who is Frank Darabont?
     
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    Director/writer of The Shawshank Redemption , The Green Mile, The Mist.
    Showrunner of the first and best season of the Walking dead.
     
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    Does that mean there would have been less poodoo jokes
     
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    Okay. So what's the purpose of this thread?
     
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    My understanding of the origin of the feud with the guild was that GL requested not to have any credits at the beginning of ANH (which requires an exception to guild rules) and the guild said yes. Then GL thought he didn’t have to ask again for TESB, and the guild levied a fine against GL, which he paid and then quit.

    I have to say, this seems really petty to me. Admittedly I can sometimes be stubborn like that too, but if I had been in the room during the dispute, I would’ve wanted to say something like, “You are both being knuckleheads. Just charge half and get over it!” :)
     
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    They can now though because of Disney .
     
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    or can they

    lordandmiller.jpeg
     
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    Imagine if he had to pay the fine for 5 movies in a row...would you have done that?
    --- Double Post Merged, Apr 17, 2018, Original Post Date: Apr 17, 2018 ---
    Yeah they can because I'm pretty sure that all of Disney's writers and directors are DGA/WGA...Disney could become LFL's signatory if they themselves havent already become one the second that George Lucas left...Lord and Miller being fired was due to a creative dispute not a legal one
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    To proof that Lucas wasnt as selfish as people thought he was when he made the prequels, compared to the Originals.
     
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    Or he could just ask permission again for the next four...
     
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    He probably just has a lot of pride ?
     
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    From an old newspaper:

    You're quoted as telling George Lucas, "I wouldn't change a single damn word, and I hope he didn't." Is the script you read what everyone else saw on screen?

    It is very much the movie that hit the screen. I still like it very much. I find the backlash perplexing and a little disheartening. To hear some people tell it, it's like crapping on the Mona Lisa. But this has more to do with people's expectations, which were so very high, more than it has to do with the quality of the resulting film. No film could possibly have pleased them. It's hard to have perspective when you're in the heat of the moment. I think PHANTOM MENACE will be assessed some years down the road more fairly than it is now. I thought it was a very smart film. I thought it worked. And what is this "Oh, it's just for kids" comment? What is that about? Who the hell do you think any of the STAR WARS films were for? They were very much in that milieu of mythology for children. What's the problem? The problem is that everybody who saw those movies has grown up, and their memory of the impact of those films has been diluted through the years. [The films have] become so iconic that disappointment was inevitable. George Lucas is capable of many, many things. But making you feel like that wonder-struck eight-year-old again isn't one of them. It can't be done. You're not eight years old; you can't be wonder struck in the same way. Sorry. In terms of its intelligence and its approach, I'd put MENACE up there with EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, which was the darkest and most adult of the original trilogy. And still probably remains my favorite, in a way. STAR WARS will remain my favorite. Luckily, I was still young enough to be awe-struck by it, at the age of eighteen. I don't know how I'd feel about it now, at the age of forty. But when you go in expecting the greatest movie ever made, you're in for a letdown, no matter how good the movie is.

    Were you asked to write STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE?

    Sure. I was approached very early on in the process. In fact, I was in the cutting room with SHAWSHANK?late '93, I guess that would be. Rick McCallum called me and said, "Hey, we're starting to take the preliminary steps to do the next STAR WARS, and George would like to know if you're interested in performing screenwriting services for him down the road." I said, "Sure?what are you?kidding?" Pin me to the wall; twist my arm. "Be happy to. Give me a call when you guys are ready." And the very simple truth is that George, in sitting down and starting to write it himself, fleshing out the treatments and working out the broad storylines of the three films?he just kept going. He didn't stop one day and say, "Okay, bring in the writer." He was the writer. He brought himself in. People were wondering why the movie was delayed two years from its original announcement. Well, the reason was that George?and very appropriately so?chose to fashion the script himself. So, yes, there was some preliminary interest, but then the need for me never arose, because George was doing it. More power to him. I certainly thought that it was appropriate that George do that. That is the thing that I believe is dearest to him. That's his world; he invented it.

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    David Lynch also.
     
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    I don't see it. In fact, I can't really see Frank Darabont writing a STAR WARS movie.
     
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