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Steam-operated Death Star

I just ran across another site that’s got some art doing Star Wars, Steam-style. These are illustrations done by a guy named Eric Poulton. Looks like there’s some neat stuff on the blog as a whole, but what really caught my eye was the Death Star.

I’d love to see a really good direct-to-DVD animated movie to come out that’s in the Steampunk genre. Maybe the only way to get that would be something like an “alternate Star Wars universe” series. Preferably put together by someone other than Lucas.

By | 2017-03-17T01:04:05+00:00 April 14th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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  1. CT February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I've heard that Lucas went after Flash Gordon but didn't get it. I think that's definitely for the best. Because the Flash Gordon movie we did get rocked.

    I wonder how well the direct-to-DVD animation market does. There have been several recently (four from Marvel, a couple Hellboy, a few from DC, and even Turok) and I think it's a good idea in order to cater to a more grown-up audience. It would certainly be worth Lucas to explore this option for expanding the universe but letting other creators take a stab at their own interpretations.

    However, there's some who believe that the recent critical success of Tartakovsky's Clone Wars cartoon in the face of Lucas's critical failure with the prequels will shy away from him handing the keys over to anyone else ever again.

  2. PLee February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Also, while space opera and "planetary romance" like John Carter come a few decade post-steam era, they are still pretty close.

    The Lensmen series bears some resemblance to the Jedi (or the Green Lantern Corps), and the whole Star Wars franchise got underway when Lucas couldn't get the rights to Flash Gordon, right?

  3. PLee February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Not such a far-fetched idea.

    Well, the steam-powered Death Star is far-fetched. But I mean, Lucas keeps a pretty tight rein on his franchise, but he's done stuff like the manga Star Wars.

    Letting the story be retold in different ways is very consistent with the whole Joseph Campbell heroic journey space-opera-as-myth schtick that Lucas likes, too. Sort of hard to reconcile that with the modern notions of intellectual property, although Lucasfilm actually gives the fans quite a bit of leeway with fan films and such.

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