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April 29, 1996 - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / round-up of rumors

Scooped on Thursday, May 21, 2009

In the words of our scoop reporter: "Information is interesting but calorie content is high." Warning has been given:

Rumors have it that Carrie Fisher is not only interested in script-doctoring the female roles in the new trilogy, but that she's also interested in directing one of the new films, possibly Episode II. This development is supposidly very remote and also depends on whether or not another female director (who some call a "perfectionist") is interested in the directing chores. Another rumor has actress Carol Channing portraying Moffina Delantreos, a whirling-dervish matriarch of House Delantreos, who controls the commercial aspects of the Old Republic. Another rumor has it that Stephen Sondheim or the songwriting team from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame to write a song for the Moffina to sing. Uh, right.

Also, expect the spacecraft to incorporate sweeping fins and other aspects from the early pulp adventures from the 1920s-1950s. The weapons are rumored to be less refined but more explosive looking, staying away from the thin sliver lines of laser fire from the original trilogy.

The Olympic Theme from 1996 written by John Williams is rumored to have been originally intended for the Mandalorian Warriors March theme but Lucas rejected it, wanting some more darker and sinister. The droids in the new films are reported to be 70% functional.

A secondary character from the new trilogy is rumored to be 'facing the same fate' as a secondary character from Episodes 4-6. This new character may be reduced in scope or written out entirely, or may evolve into the Boba Fett character. Depending on how the new trilogy does at the box office, the Fett character may be brought back for Episodes 7-9.

It should also be noted that this source mentioned that Lucas is considering 'updating' the Howard the Duck film with CGI effects. Consider that as you digest these rumors.

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