George Lucas gave theater owners a sneak peek of Clone Wars at their ShoWest convention in Las Vegas on Thursday. The animated film hits theaters on Aug. 15, just weeks before a similarly themed animated series debuts on TNT.As you all know, as huge a fan as I am of Lucas, I really wish he would move away from his established franchises (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and try something new. Imagine what he could do with a contemporary thriller or a romantic comedy. Even if they don't succeed, at least he will have shown his willingness to experiment, to be an artist with a different palette.But don't hold your breath. Here's what he told the Associated Press about creating a film and series at the same time, comparing the process to a factory. "You've got the whole assembly line built, and then you say, 'Hey, we can make up something,'" Make up something?!? Is this the same man who made the Mos Eisley swing, the Millennium Falcon soar, and the Ewoks Jar-Jar Darth Vader rock? Methinks som...
The news that George Lucas has decided to go back to the Star Wars well not once but two more times — in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated film (in theaters Aug. 15), and in a new animated series of the same name debuting this fall on the Cartoon Network — sent the Force-a-verse into a tailspin. We had some burning questions about these new Clone Wars-set stories, and we knew you would, too. So we went straight to the powers-that-be for some answers. (Don't worry, so far it appears to be a Jar Jar-free zone.)
What exactly are the Clone Wars?First alluded to in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, the Clone Wars are a conflict between the Galactic Republic — led by the Jedi Knights and their clone army — and Count Dooku’s Confederacy of Independent Sy
By the moons of Tatooine! I'm a card-carrying member of the Boba Fett Fan Club, but does anyone else wish that George Lucas would make a movie set in a galaxy far, far away from Star Wars? Not Lucas himself, apparently. Remember that animated Star Wars series about the Clone Wars? Well, it seems that Uncle George liked the results so much that he's ordered up a full-on theatrical release for a new Clone Wars animated film that will kick off a new series. "I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell," says Lucas, executive producer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which will premiere on the Cartoon Network in the fall. "I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation." (Start telling?) The new film, which takes place between the events of Episodes II and III (before Anakin becomes Darth), will hit theaters on Aug. 15. And I'll probably be there on opening night. Sigh. Mickey O'ConnorRelated: George...