I canceled the film I was going to do after I saw [Star Wars]. I finished The Duellists, which upon reflection is a good film and got a prize at Cannes. That helped me enormously but not in Hollywood. God bless Paramount for giving me $800,000 to make it, but they didn’t know what to do with it. If it had been 25 years later, you’d have had Harvey Weinstein or someone like that who’d know what to do with The Duellists. Somehow, it was the British entry that got the Grand Jury Prize and some bright spark saw the film and said, why don’t we give Ridley Alien? God knows what the connection was, but I had been a designer. My first job in television was as a set designer, and I was a devotee of comic strips. I enjoyed making The Duellists so much that I decided, with David Putnam, that I’d do Tristan and Isolde. Go back to Salah, that part of the countryside, and do fundamentally a version of Tristan and Isolde. I was in LA to show The Duellists and David said … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ Legacy I: Five Iconic Directors Recall When George Lucas Changed Everything
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So we closed the deal, and Star Wars got made and it’s a humungous hit; the biggest movie of all time, at the time. When we made the sequel deal, the deal we came up with and proposed to Laddie and maybe it was Dennis Stanfill or Marvin Davis at that point. In that deal for The Empire Strikes Back, George made the decision to self-finance the film. Lucasfilm made a lot of money on Star Wars and would reinvest the money in the movie. The deal that was offered to Fox was, you get distribution rights theatrically and video around the world for seven years, and we retain everything else. And, by the way, we want the merchandising back. Fox had started with the merchandising in that first year, or two, and did very well too. He wanted the merchandising back as of the time Empire came out. That meant soundtrack albums, music publishing, television, all rights other than the rights we were granting to Fox under this deal. We tried to get the first deal back so he would own Star … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ Legacy II: An Architect Of Hollywood’s Greatest Deal Recalls How George Lucas Won Sequel Rights
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Take a trip down memory lane, for those of you who were around back then, when it was clear we were going to see something unprecedented. And then decide whether they were better at telling and selling stories back then, or if today’s penchant for rapid-fire teaser trailers has taken old marketing techniques to warp speed: … [Read more...] about How Does JJ Abrams/Disney ‘Star Wars’ Teaser Compare With The Old Jedi Magic From George Lucas And Fox?
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