Star Wars Promo Photo 1977 Princess Leia

This Star Wars photo looks to a movie promo photo from the original 1977 movie. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia sitting down posing for the camera.

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I have just read about Gary Kurtz. He was the producer/second unit director of movies Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back and was the one who came up with the Empire Strikes Back title. He split with George Lucas over a dispute while planning Return of the Jedi.

Kurtz said - We had an outline and George changed everything in it. Instead of bittersweet and poignant he wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would rescue Han Solo in the early part of the story but that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed becuase by that time there were really big toy sales and did not want to stop that.

The ending of the film that Kurtz favoured was going to have the rebel forces in tatters, Leia grappling with her new duties as queen and Luke walking off alone like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns. Much more interesting than and an ending that would have been a more emotionally nuanced finale to an epic adventure than the silly forest celebration of the Ewoks that essentially ended the trilogy with a teddy bear luau.

He also did not like Lucas idea of a second Death Star, which he felt would be too derivative of the 1977 film. So we agreed that I should probably leave.

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