STAR WARS: A Sequel To The People Vs. George Lucas Documentary Is On The Way

In 2010 Alexander O. Philippe made a documentary about how the Star Wars prequel trilogy ruined the childhood of Star Wars fans across the globe. Now, he's turning his spotlight on Disney for a follow-up documentary.

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By James Garcia - 6/16/2014



Die hard Star Wars fans have already seen (or may very well be in) Alexandre O. Phillipe's 2010 documentary, The People vs. George Lucas, which examined the mass disenchantment that fans of both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises felt following the highly disappointing prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy and to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 

Those who felt that George Lucas ruined their childhood now have a new target: Disney. Sure, the House of Mouse may have taken Star Wars from Lucas' hands, and quickly put into production not only a sequel trilogy, but a handful of spin-off films, but is the Galaxy Far, Far Away really safe in Disney's hands?

Philippe plans to examine these questions in a follow-up documentary, called The People vs. George Lucas: Episode II, which will arrive in December 2015, the same month that Star Wars: Episode VII blasts into theaters. 

A press release and official teaser image for the documentary have been released, which you can check out below:


 

There is a great disturbance in the world of STAR WARS fandom.

While many seem delighted that George Lucas finally handed over the reins, and excited about the future of the franchise; others are worried about the Disneyfication of the galaxy far, far away that has defined their childhood.

THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS – EPISODE II will draw the curtain on the examination of the most complex relationship between a creator and his fans in the world of popular culture, asking the question: what does the future of STAR WARS look like without George Lucas?

This participatory documentary is now open for submissions to fans around the world. Rants, opinions, parodies, fan films, images, songs, and creative speculations about STAR WARS – EPISODE VII are encouraged, and can be submitted directly via our website: pvg2.com

Source: PvG2.com
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ruadh - 6/16/2014, 1:39 PM
As disappointing as I found the prequels, I cannot fathom ever claiming they ruined my childhood. It was a bummer for a couple hours but that's about it. I can still enjoy the ones I grew up on.

And Disney getting the rights is something I actually think is good for a franchise. Star wars is something that NEEDS to pander to its audience, and Disney is good for that.
ruadh - 6/16/2014, 1:40 PM
THE franchise I meant.
McGee - 6/16/2014, 1:41 PM
Pasto - 6/16/2014, 1:47 PM
Selonian - 6/16/2014, 1:47 PM
antoineflemming - 6/16/2014, 2:41 PM
Disney getting the rights is something I didn't look forward to. I don't have high hopes for the JJ Abrams helmed Episode VII. I don't care if he likes Star Wars more than Star Trek. He didn't have enough respect for Star Trek's source material (the original movie + series) to do it right. What is to say that he will treat the Star Wars source right and not do his own thing? I didn't care much for Star Trek's source, but do a whole lot for Star Wars, and I enjoyed the reboot Trek films as action sci fi films, but it's something else to not respect the source enough to do it justice.

For Star Wars, I enjoyed the prequels for what they were, but I don't have faith that J.J. is going to do it right. Also, doing Star Wars right isn't just copying the story and themes of the classic trilogy, or using the same exact dated designs. It means pulling the best of the franchise as a whole. It means getting the core of the Star Wars universe and treating that right. So I hope he does this without having a rehash of A New Hope.

One thing I did like from the prequels is actually some of the CGI stuff - the look of the technology particularly. That's something I wish would carry over (practical versions of that sort of stuff would be great). The only thing I really liked about The Force Unleashed games is how they took the classic look of the technology, and made it look like quality of the prequel technology. Visually, it was a bridge between the two trilogies, and that's something I also wish would carry over.
davidwiz - 6/16/2014, 2:54 PM
i want more cgi!!! gosh the star wars old republic trailers were the best star wars or practically anything!!! more beautiful female jedi and characters please please please
ruadh - 6/16/2014, 3:45 PM
JJ Abram's first trek movie was everything the prequels needed to be. Nonstop action, fun banter, etc, and knowing when to use practical or cg effects. The prequels were a lot of bland sauntering while discussing things even the characters seemed bored by.

When I saw his first Trek movie, I could no longer pretend the prequels were at all enjoyable.
edge13 - 6/16/2014, 4:17 PM
so his going to release this before he even saw ep.VII?
what a troll this alexander guy
ruadh - 6/16/2014, 4:25 PM
If the doc is about fan reaction to Disney's acquisition, then waiting to see the actual film isn't necessary. I get your point though.
BatmanIsBaddest - 6/17/2014, 3:46 AM
You people make me sick. And don't drag me into your crap by calling it "The People vs. George Lucas". It's like those idiot Occupiers, "fighting for the 99%",,, Well you don't speak for me or what I stand for and there are a great deal of people out there who think as I do: George Lucas changed the world and the film industry forever and he deserves more credit than he's getting from you little ingrate "Lucas-bashers". He envisioned something, worked his ass off fighting for it, and created a film franchise with limitless potential that opened up a universe of possibilities for storytellers everywhere. The first Star Wars film that you asshats admire so much was his baby and he deserves most of the credit for it, as well as the revolutions it inspired. But no, you guys can't see past your own disappointment for the prequels and the "changes" he's made to *HIS* films over the years. What you should do is grow up and get over your disappointment but instead you whine like little babies and moan about him and his choices as if he molested you or something. Stop hating on him because you didn't get your way. So you don't like the prequels... boohoo, some of us did. I'll admit freely that I was very disappointed and frustrated after watching "Revenge of the Sith", because I wanted him to make more films and he was dead-set against it. But now he's done a gracious and wonderful thing by selling the series to Disney... Now we can have more films from fresh talents set in the same glorious dreamscape that is Star Wars (even if that "talent" is JJ Abrams whose track record is shoddy at best)... But what do you people do? You still hate on him and bitch and moan.
Uggh... Again, I'm just disgusted.

@ruadh
Dear God, I am extremely grateful that the prequels are safe from JJ Abrams after what a travesty he made of my beloved Star Trek! I'm glad George was able to complete his full vision for the saga long before JJ Abrams got the reigns. I wish Gene Rodenberry's vision had fared so well but we don't always get what we hope for, eh?
ruadh - 6/17/2014, 8:58 AM
Batmanisbaddest, have you watched any of the redlettermedia videos about the prequels?

Yes Lucas did the original film, with crucial input from his wife and Gary Kurtz. These are two people who were absent during ROTJ, and especially during the prequels. What was also different was of course Lucas himself. Totally different stage in life, perspective, etc. But he also seemed to have lost the ability to tell the rocket paced story like the one that kicked it all off. Either that or he just never really understood what made the movies so popular in the first place.

In the original, once they go to the cantina, its a pretty breakneck pace right up until the end, with a slight breather before the end battle. The prequels are bogged down with intense slow parts throughout. I think my most major complaint about the PT has to be the pacing issues. Almost every bit on Coruscant stomps on the brakes.

I asked about the redletter stuff because, despite the silly Jamie Gumb voice and bizarre side story, he hits a lot of nails on the heads. One of the most incredible points he makes is done by using an interview with one of the editors from the original film. He explains how the first editor had cut ANH in a very traditional manner, and also very bland and outdated. These comments are used as voiceover while showing scenes from ROTS. And what the guy is saying was wrong with the cut before he, the other guy, and Marcia Lucas cut it completely describes the editing style of the prequels.

The redlettermedia guy also points out a scene in Abrams' Trek where there's a major crisis, and Kirk is explaining it while frantically running around taking the steps to save the day. He contrasts this with the scene where Anakin tells Windu about Palpatine's Sithness, which is on the completely other side of the emotional scale from the trek scene. The characters stoicly discuss while calmly walking to a ship rather than rushing to deal with this major plot point with any urgency. If the characters barely care, how will the audience?

That's one example, but the redlettermedia videos do a solid job of really illustrating what's wrong with the prequels technically as well as when contrasted against the films they are supposed to be setting up. If you have a few hours to kill, it's worth it.
ruadh - 6/17/2014, 9:07 AM
Ultimately, I love star wars. Huge part of my childhood. And I REALLY tried to like the prequels. I really did. They aren't the worst films I've ever seen, they didn't ruin my childhood, or even the original films for me. They just aren't very good. They are slow, unnecessarily convoluted, have trouble being internally consistent, and drop the ball several times on lining up with the original films. They certainly have some good moments and fun duels etc. But as films they are lackluster and as prequels they don't stand up.
BatmanIsBaddest - 6/17/2014, 3:35 PM
@ruadh
I appreciate your tact despite my obvious soreness over the matter. My rant had little to do with any of the comments on this page or the docs (which I have not seen), but instead the "Lucas-bashers" that permeate the internet. As for the prequels, I don't really care about the technical aspects of them or the pacing. JJ Abrams's Star Trek looked great and was dynamic in its own right but still destroyed the characters and the chronology the previous writers had slaved over for decades. I'm more interested in George's completed vision and he is still the primary source behind Star Wars no matter what tips he got from others. As for the scene in "Revenge", the Jedi are meant to be stoic and to trust in the Force. The fact that Mace and the others failed is evidence that the Old Jedi Order was on its last leg (as Yoda was constantly sensing). It was time fot A New Hope and a new direction for the Jedi.
BatmanIsBaddest - 6/17/2014, 3:39 PM
@ruadh
Besides we're talking about how good the films are not how to make a fast paced movie or how to please your critics.
ruadh - 6/18/2014, 3:19 PM
Sure, but I wasn't concerned with pleasing critics either. More about why I found the films to be not good. And to me, a faster pace is one of the things that really stood out about the original film. Making a fast paced movie might have pleased more fans. I also don't see why one can't be stoic AND have a sense of urgency. Again, it just makes even the cast seem bored. And it also still didn't manage to properly line up with the originals. As far as technical aspects and pacing, these are crucial elements for making the audience feel what the film maker intends. Certain camera angles and editing styles will make the audience feel tense or engaged in the plot without even realizing it. The characters can even still saunter calmly while woodenly discussing important events, but shooting from certain angles or cutting the movie like Robert Rodriguez might make you not check your watch.

As far as tips from others, after reading a bio on Marcia Lucas, I walked away feeling the star wars we got would never be close to existing without her input. She was a major script doctor for him, and I suspect a major source of the heart the saga maintains. She did far more than simply tell him if an idea worked or not. I think that Lucas really has a hard time connecting with human emotions, and she was what helped him get over that hurdle. A side note on Marcia Lucas, I came to realize that the most personal part of the prequels for Lucas, and probably why he set out to make them at all, was the scene between Anakin and Padme on Mustafar. After reading about how and why his marriage ended, that scene now comes across as FAR more sad. Lucas worked hard and devoted a lot of time to develop Skywalker Ranch essentially so Marcia could be a kept woman and do all her editing without leaving home. It's much like Anakin losing himself to something unimportant to ultimately do something for his wife that is unnecessary. Something she doesn't even want. In the end, all his endeavors made him into someone she didnt recognize. And both walked away feeling betrayed. I would still love to hear her reaction to that scene.

I also think JJs Trek destroyed all the previous shows and movies as much as the prequels ruined my childhood. It ends up being something you can simply ignore and continue enjoying the original works. It did, I feel, succeed in capturing the voices of the characters as well as giving the franchise a bit of an infusion. It seemed to have opened the door for a lot of people who never would have tried Trek otherwise.
BatmanIsBaddest - 6/18/2014, 10:57 PM
@ruadh
I don't have much more to add, I just wanted to let you know that I read your last comment. I understand completely where you are coming from and would like to thank you for this most civil of debates. I'm glad that we can disagree agreeably, unlike some of the other people on this site.
ruadh - 6/19/2014, 8:35 AM
Thank you, I agree. And of course we're both passionate about the same thing.

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