Did #StarWars Become a Toy Story?


Sun, Aug 15th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

I'm thinking that the original Star Wars saga didn't suck because Gary Kurtz was able to put some of Jorgo's more insane ideas in check; unfortunately, once he parted ways from Lucas, he couldn't do damage control for the prequel. And it shows. Case in point:

Star Wars was born a long time ago, but not all that far, far away. In 1972, filmmakers George Lucas and Gary Kurtz were toiling on American Graffiti in their San Rafael office when they began daydreaming about a throwback sci-fi adventure that channelled the old Flash Gordon serials as opposed to the bleak message movies that had taken over the genre. "That simple concept changed Hollywood in a way," said Kurtz.

But 1980 was also the year that Kurtz and Lucas realized the Jedi universe wasn't big enough for the both of them.

"I could see where things were headed," Kurtz said. "The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. It's a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It's natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that's not the best thing for making quality films."



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