'Return of the Jedi' Doc Short & 'Star Wars' Prequel Notes from 1981
Though many Star Wars fans probably are aware, maybe there are some out there who don't know that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi, the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy. It seems fitting to celebrate the film when a continuation of the space saga is coming with Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. And so Entertainment Weekly commissioned Fanboys director Kyle Newman to gather up some talking heads of fellow Star Wars fans like Kevin Smith, Chris Hardwick, Topher Grace and many more to talk about their feelings about the film on this anniversary.
Click the image below to watch The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting from EW:
Plus, another interesting tidbit tied to the third part of George Lucas' original trilogy was just revealed. First of all, for those who don't know, J.W. Rinzler has been published a series of extensive behind-the-scenes book about the making of the Star Wars trilogy. The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film and The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back are available to purchase now, and this fall The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is coming, and a tease for the fantastic book has just been revealed in the form of a transcript of a July 1981 story conference.
While the discussion between George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian was about the third installment of the series, to give a greater understanding of Anakin Skywalker before he became Darth Vader, the conversation turned to details that would eventually become important to the eventual prequels that would follow just under 20 years later.
We can't publish the transcript in full here, but the interesting details include talk about how anybody can use the Force, but it's mostly just Jedi who take the time to learn about it. In addition, Lucas originally never saw Yoda as a Jedi Master who got into lightsaber battles. Clearly some details changed over the decades, and to read the whole interesting transcript, head over to Huffington Post. And be sure to pre-order The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, coming October 1st.