Rewind: Watch Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan Talk RETURN OF THE JEDI in 1983 and Steven Spielberg Defend the Ending of A.I.

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As people are busy readying for uncomfortable family interactions Thanksgiving, there’s not exactly a plethora of breaking movie news today.  As such, a couple of old videos have surfaced online that we thought readers might find interesting.  The first video is quite relevant, as it features screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi in a television interview in 1983.  Just yesterday we learned that Kasdan will be returning to the Star Wars franchise to pen episodes 8 and 9 alongside Simon Kinberg.

The video is a tad spotty as the interview was recorded on VHS (remember those?), but it’s a fun watch if only to see fans discussing what they hope to learn in the original trilogy closer before the film had opened.  In the interview, Kasdan discusses what it’s like to craft a film that ultimately serves George Lucas’ vision.  Hit the jump to watch the video, which also includes a strapping Harrison Ford, algonside another video of Steven Spielberg defending the ending to A.I. Artificial Intelligence

The second video of interest is a snippet from a 2007 documentary Spielberg on Spielberg in which Steven Spielberg defends the ending to his 2001 sci-fi film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.  It’s common knowledge that the pic was originally developed as a directing vehicle by Stanley Kubrick, and Spielberg picked it up following the filmmaker’s death.  Many assumed that the film’s fairy tale ending was Spielberg’s own addition to Kubrick’s existing treatment, but in this video The Beard assures fans that the ending was all Kubrick.

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  • J.R.

    A.I. one of my favourite movies!

  • LAMBEO

    A:I, the original TED

  • Lance

    They made Return of the Jedi for $30 million, can you imagine? That’d probably pay for five minutes of a Michael Bay bloat movie these days.

    • ScaredForMovies

      That may be so, but when you take into account inflation, $30 million dollars in 1983 is about $70 million today.

      • RorshachLives!

        It would be about $75m today to be exact, which makes me wonder why Lucas didn’t give the prequels a similar budget; not only would they have cost him less to make, they would have actually looked like they took place in the same universe as the original Trilogy… which they most certainly didn’t look like!

  • JIM

    GEORGE LUCAS, STEVEN SPIELBERG, LAWRENCE KASDAN, SIMON KINBERG AND HARRISON FORD ARE NOTHING BUT THIEVES!!! YOU WILL BE SUED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!! KUBRICK TOO!!!

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  • ivan

    AI is the saddest movie i’ve ever seen

  • Sam

    “In the future ,machines may have the last word” well , that turned out to be a sad truth.

  • Joseph M

    How annoying is it when an out of work bit part actor gets a major role in 3 of the most successful films of all time, giving him a huge career, and all he does is constantly bitch about the experience? Show a little loyalty and gratitude. Sad part is, he’s not a good actor. A movie star, but not an actor.

  • Mr. Orange

    The first child they interviewed looked JUST like Sam from Freaks and Geeks

  • Dan Geer

    I’ve always loved A.I., and even loved the ending – whether Spielberg tacked it on or not. Although, it is nice to know that Kubrick DID in fact intend the ending that is in the final film. I LOVED the idea of David being stuck down there for 2,000 years, and super-mechas ruling the world and discovering David after all that time. It was seriously one of the coolest endings to a movie I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely HATE that so many people disliked the film and its ending!

  • Dan Geer

    I\’ve always loved A.I., and even loved the ending – whether Spielberg tacked it on or not. Although, it is nice to know that Kubrick DID in fact intend the ending that is in the final film. I LOVED the idea of David being stuck down there for 2,000 years, and super-mechas ruling the world and discovering David after all that time. It was seriously one of the coolest endings to a movie I\’ve ever seen, and I absolutely HATE that so many people disliked the film and its ending!

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