Producer Steven Paul Leiva (Space Jam) put this bit of wonderful ephemera on his YouTube channel awhile back, and it’s well worth taking three minutes to watch: the “pencil-test trailer” for an animated version of Will Eisner’s The Spirit that was almost made in 1980 by Brad Bird and Gary Kurtz.
Weta has brought Middle Earth as well as District 9's alien slums to life, and now they want to help make a World War II horror film, Panzer 88. A German tank crew falls afoul of a supernatural war beast.
At the same Star Wars Celebration V event in Florida where George Lucas announced the Blu-ray box-set arrival, he also showed off a missing scene from Return of the Jedi, which shows Luke making his lightsaber in a Tatooine cave.
Gary Kurtz was George Lucas' partner in making the first two Star Wars films, but they had a huge falling-out after Empire Strikes Back. Now, for the first time, he's explained what went wrong with Star Wars.