The force is stirring in the Star Wars universe. Star Wars fans are working to remake Battlefront III by themselves, reports Eddie Makuch in Game Spot. Technically, the finished product cannot be considered a remake in the true sense of the word. This is because “the controversial, ill-fated Star Wars shooter…was in development at Free Radical before being canceled.” This means that the Star Wars-based game never saw the light of day.
Battlefront III has always been ill-fated, but Star Wars fans hope to change all that. Hopefully, the so-called Dark Side will not cast its shadow on the new project, considering that it is not sanctioned by Disney, which currently holds all the patents and rights to the entire Star Wars franchise. The fan undertaking can be of heroic proportions, reminiscent of starfighters engaging stormtroopers in a full-blown resistance.
So far, credit for the biggest crowd-sourced funding for a film project belongs to the Sirius documentary, a movie about UFO research that calls on Washington to declassify all U.S. information about actual alien sightings. Proponents of the Battlefront remake haven’t asked for donations yet. Also, they don’t seem to be eyeing another Star Wars film about the subject. Still, these could be possible scenarios in the near future.
If Star Wars Battlefront III succeeds, one can only expect the proverbial cow to be milked for all its worth. In the meantime, Game Spot further reveals “that developers at Russia-based modding team Frontwire Studios are working to revive and remake the game as part of a project called ‘Galaxy in Turmoil.'”
“The remake will include maps set on Hoth and Tatooine, as well as test areas. It is also planned to support the X-Wing and Y-Wing flying vehicles, along with weapons such as the DC-15S Blaster Rifle, Republic Grenade Launcher, Republic Missile Launcher, Z6 Rotary Blaster Cannon, and A280C Blaster Rifle. Galaxy in Turmoil is being produced using Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, and developers at Frontwire said they do not plan to charge for anything. Still, because it uses the Star Wars license–presumably without permission–it’s possible Disney may get involved to shut it down.”
In other news, not all is well in the Star Wars universe as Inquisitr just learned that Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson is being sued for unpaid commissions by a former agent. According to Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, Brian Dreyfuss is demanding that Johnson pay up 10 percent for assistance in landing the lucrative deal with Lucasfilm. Johnson has barely started in his Star Wars directorial stint, but a legal dispute is in the offing already.
Variety writes, “The lawsuit states that Dreyfuss had arranged a meeting between Johnson and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy back in 2012. The suit also states that Johnson wasn’t interested in taking on any project with the company at the time. Although Dreyfuss was fired by Johnson in 2014, a full year before he was signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, his former agent claims that he was cut out of contracts and negotiations. Dreyfuss also claims that Johnson owes him commissions on some of his previous films, like ‘Looper.'”
As a final footnote to this short roundup of what’s going on in the Star Wars universe, actor Miles Teller seems to be getting a lot of flack from social media lately for admitting that he never saw a single Star Wars flick before he auditioned for the role of the young Han Solo. The major argument, according to Facebook pundits, is that anyone playing such a role should have at least some form of intimate knowledge or at least a previous familiarity with the character he or she will be representing.
The odd thing is, actor Jesse Eisenberg didn’t know who Mark Zuckerberg was either prior to signing up for the movie The Social Network. Apparently, Eisenberg still managed to get comfy playing the role of the Facebook founder, and even earned some accolades for his performance in the flick. Only time will tell how well Miles Teller will do in his Star Wars role.
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