Unless you've been living under a tree on a swamp planet, you probably already know that it's the 30th anniversary of Star Wars
this year (although come to think of it, you should know it anyway), and Steve Sansweet hosted a panel last night celebrating the saga, and also gave audience members a peek into the future to see where Star Wars
will be heading for the next 30 years.....well, at least the next year, anyway.
Up first was a great video compilation of many clips from the films and events throughout 2007...including highlights of the New Year's Day Parade, Celebration IV, Celebration Europe, scenes from the movies, and various TV shows that pay homage to the franchise over the years. Especially funny were the old Saturday Night Live skits that Kevin Spacey did, as well as Bill Murray's famous lounge act from the show.
Speaking of TV shows, Family Guy
creator Seth MacFarlane joined Steve on the stage, and the two discussed the various Star Wars
references used in the series, and the audience was treated to a few moments from the upcoming season premiere episode that will essentially adapt A New Hope
, only with the Griffins and friends taking over the iconic roles. Imagine if you will...Peter as Han Solo, Lois and Princess Leia, Chris as Luke Skywalker, Brian as Chewbacca, Quagmire as C-3PO, Cleveland as a gun-toting R2-D2, and best of all....Stewie as Darth Vader. Not that it could possibly be anyone else portraying Darth Vader, right?
Another guest was LucasArts' Haden Blackman, who outlined the company's upcoming line-up of video game titles, including Thrillville, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Fracture,
and of course....Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
. All the games looked fantastic, especially Fracture
, which includes some VERY impressive effects that actually change the landscape in front of you, either destroying your opponents in the upheaval or creating "natural" defensive positions to hide from them.
Then moving onto franchise set in another time not so long ago, in a galaxy much like our own, the discussions moved on to Indiana Jones IV
. While no one knows the name of the movie yet (except for George Lucas and Steven Speilberg), a short video clip of behind-the-scenes footage was shown that was pretty unimpressive...at least right until the very end! When you see Harrison Ford in the jungle wearing his signature fedora & jacket, with his trusty whip at his side, you can't help but get chills down your spine! It was over MUCH too quickly, and the crowd cheered and applauded.
But the excitement wasn't over just yet, because we were also treated to a short trailer for the upcoming LEGO Indiana Jones
video game, which showed reenactments of scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark
, done in the same tongue-in-cheek style as the LEGO Star Wars
Finally, as an added bonus, audience members were given tickets during the panel, which was revealed to be redeemable for an exclusive Indiana Jones
promo poster, which can be seen below.