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LucasArts' Future Of The Star Wars Franchise
8:30 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In an article printed last week in the Hollywood Reporter, LucasArts president Jim Ward fielded questions regarding the company's upcoming title Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith.

In the Q&A, Ward speaks on the challenges of successfully leveraging intellectual property, the recent successes the gaming company has seen in the last few years, and the work that's currently underway for the company's upcoming title:

THR: Where are you in developing the "Episode III" game?

Ward: It's going to provide the ultimate Jedi action fantasy fulfillment that we've hinted at in previous games. We brought in Nick Gillard, the stunt coordinator for the film, to work with the game animators and the entire team to ensure that the Jedi action moments are as real and true to the performances in the film. (Actor) Hayden Christensen came in and worked with the game development team to show them the style of his light-saber fighting. We've had the team fully integrated into the production of the film from beginning to end.

Ward goes on to discuss future plans for the venerable space saga franchise, which includes three new games slated for a 2005 release, undisclosed future titles currently in pre-planning, and even new animated and live action television series. Ward even touches on the company's initiative on revitalising the Indian Jones franchise:
We're currently evaluating the value that bringing Hollywood likenesses and voices to the table would bring to Indiana Jones. I'm not convinced that the wholesale studio approach that Electronic Arts undertakes with its James Bond and other Hollywood-licensed games is the way to go. ... With "Star Wars" and Indiana Jones, people identify with these brands. It might make sense to work with one or two actors from a property on the game front, but we'll see. Certainly, with Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. So something like that might make sense.
While Ward fails to mention if any of the series' upcoming titles are coming to the Mac, chances are good that some of the titles underway will be making it to our favorite platform. With nine Star Wars-themed games having hit Macintosh shores in the last four years, it's this reporter's guess that the tide is still rising for titles based in a time long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

To check out the article, which has been re-printed in Yahoo's business web pages, click on the link below -

Jim Ward On LucasArts Future Plans
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