George Lucas on new Star Wars film: ‘They weren’t keen to have me involved’

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Force Awakens’ is already more successful than ‘Fantastic Four’.

Some movies never earn $50 million throughout their entire theatrial run (here’s looking at you, Jem and The Holograms), but Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already reached that number in advance ticket sales.It is set to be one of the film events of the year – and now fans can get ready for the release of the new Star Wars film by getting their hands on an exclusive range of artwork.

Han Solo never needed The Force to save the day, and even in real life veteran Star Wars actor clearly needs little more than his recognizable presence to radiate shock and awe. The legendary actor recently surprised his fans by bombing into the frame during a generic Skype call, and many of the reactions were expectedly priceless. The movie released its first batch of presale tickets on Oct. 19, but demand caused numerous ticketing sites to crash, including Fandango, AMC, and MovieTickets.com. “Last night, we had the single biggest simultaneous surge for movie tickets our industry has ever seen,” Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse theaters, told EW last month. The artworks, produced in collaboration with Marvel’s publisher, Choice Fine Art and Acme Archives, are available to buy from Cardiff’s Castle Fine Art in city’s Grand Arcade from Friday. Marvel’s Star Wars series, published between 1977 and 1986, was the first official comic book adaptation of Star Wars and proved a phenomenal success on its release.

They were invited for a video call for an interactive chat with the campaign organizers at Omaze–the company involved in enabling a Star Wars experience including the chance to attend the premiere. AMC Theatres broke its single-day advance sales record by more than tenfold, and MovieTickets.com reported its highest traffic in the site’s history. Translated into limited edition art for the first time, the new works pay tribute to some of the franchise’s most memorable characters including Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, the Stormtroopers and Darth Vader.

Depending on the donation, participants stand to receive exciting gifts ranging from posters to shirts to awesome paraphernalia from across all seven movies. Funds raised will be distributed evenly among 15 charities nominated by the cast and crew, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Malala Fund, Feeding America, UNICEF and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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