Watch the Trailer for Topher Grace’s One-Film Edit of the STAR WARS Prequels

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About two years ago, I wrote about a very cool screening I got to attend: an 85-minute version of the three Star Wars prequels that was cut together by Topher Grace.  As I said at the time, “while you may think there is no way to make the three films work as one coherent movie, Grace accomplished it with only a few minor flaws.  His combined prequel trilogy moves quickly and omits huge chucks of story in favor of action and streamlining the narrative events of the prequels.  Gone are the politics, General Grievous, Jar Jar Binks (except for one shot), the clone army, and about 99% of the first movie.”

When I first wrote about it, the one question everyone kept asking was, “how can I see it?”  The unfortunate answer was never.  At the time, Grace said it was a one-time screening and he sounded very adamant about his decision.  However, maybe time and constantly being asked about it has started to change his mind, because Grace has just released a trailer for his cut of the films and you can watch it after the jump.

Watch the trailer below.  I’m really hoping Grace decides to show his cut at the some point in the future (like Comic-Con) because I think fans would get a kick out of seeing what he did with the films.

For a lot more on what Grace did with his edit, click here for my original article.  You can also watch the video blog I recorded after the screening with Peter fromSlashfilm, Alex from First Showing and director Kyle Newman (Fanboys) below the trailer.  We discussed what we thought about the movie, and at a certain point, Newman and I had a rather lively debate about the prequels.

Finally, Grace recently launched a website called cerealprize.  It’s worth checking out.

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  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    The best cut is to destroy the prequel and to make a new one.

    • AdeoAdversary

      Yup destroy them all, damn they were bad.

    • Blind_Boy_Grunt_1235

      The best world is to destroy the fans and make new ones

    • Blind_Boy_Grunt_1235

      The best world is to destroy the fans and make new ones

  • HE1NZ

    Nooo. Crap Zimmer music doesn’t fit Star wars.

    • Anon

      That was a Zach Hemsey piece composed for the trailer for Inception and it wasn’t even used in the movie….

      • Leo Spaceman

        I thought it sounded like the music from Transformers Dark of the Moon.

      • http://www.compendiumofchaos.com/ Eugene

        Because the music in Dark of the Moon was cribbed from Inception

      • hellocello

        it was indeed.

      • hellocello

        becuz micheal takes everything that is popular the year before and puts it in his movies that following summer…..unoriginal SHIT

      • Leo Spaceman

        I thought it sounded like the music from Transformers Dark of the Moon.

      • HE1NZ

        Whatever, another Zimmer student.

      • Saad Ansari

        they’ve never even met

      • hellocello

        No its TRUE ….dark of the moon music was BLATANTLY stolen from that inception trailer music SO obvious and pathetic…..derivative SHIT

      • HE1NZ

        Whatever, another Zimmer student.

    • Anon

      That was a Zach Hemsey piece composed for the trailer for Inception and it wasn’t even used in the movie….

  • HesaidSheSaidReviewSite

    He included….R2 flying??!?!

  • Liderc

    Cool debate, I’d be interested in seeing this just based on the improved pacing.

  • Matt T.

    I wanna see it dammit!

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  • Bill Waring

    stick it on Vimeo ffs!

  • Bill Waring

    stick it on Vimeo ffs!

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  • WAldenIV

    The Phantom Edit and Attack of the Phantom were pretty decent. I’m not sure that a single 85-minute cut would work.

  • Jockolantern

    The problem here isn’t how well the prequels can be spliced together in a more condensed experience– it’s the source material itself. The Star Wars prequels are awful films, no matter how well you edit them together to try and make a more cohesive narrative. No amount of fan editing is going to make Hayden Christensen’s cringe-worthy performance any better.

    • Person

      They’re really not awful, people just had/have unreasonable expectations for them. The acting isn’t great and the dialogue (especially romantic) is weak, but the stories are all good and the action is great. I actually like all three of them way more than Return of the Jedi.

      Reduce Jar-Jar by even 50% and people would love Episode I, do a re-write on the sappy stuff in Episode II and people would love that movie, and a little nip and tuck on Episode III might make it the best one in the whole series.

      • John Smith

        Right? Episode 1 and 3 weren’t even really that bad, Episode 2 kinda blew, but it was still better than Return of the Jedi.

      • John Smith

        Right? Episode 1 and 3 weren’t even really that bad, Episode 2 kinda blew, but it was still better than Return of the Jedi.

      • AManWithAKilt

        No, they are awful. Truly awful. They would be the “so bad they’re good” kind of movies if half the fanbase weren’t so utterly disappointed in them and the other half weren’t so utterly in denial.

        Episode One’s problems are much deeper than Jar Jar Binks. Like the fact that most of the movie is essentially a series of meetings. Never have I seen a better reflection of the last twenty years of someones life (I mean, I know they say write what you know but Jesus Christ, George!). The villain looks cool and he has a double bladed lightsaber but that’s about it. Nothing menacing about him at all. What’s even worse is that he is the best villain in the whole trilogy. And, of course, the writing: George Lucas cannot write children, he cannot write teenagers, he cannot write women, he cannot write comic relief, and he cannot write villains. Oh and the plot for Episode One is pointless, the broader plot of the trilogy doesn’t even start till about halfway through Episode 2 and Episode 2 is the worst of the trilogy.

        Episode 3 is the best of the trilogy. Why? Because it has two or three competently acted and written scenes (the third is arguable and the second doesn’t have any dialogue, the editing made that scene). It also, unfortunately, has the worst acted scene in the trilogy (yes, it even beats the “I don’t like sand” scene).

        I wont go into any more detail unless you want me to, though I would hazard to guess that you don’t.

        The most egregious fault of the prequels is that other than the occasional action sequence, it failed at most of what it set out to do. When it wanted to be serious, it was laughable. When it went for comedy it was painful.

      • mr_teaspoon

        I disagree, I think they are that awful. It’s just that these really awful movies just happened to be Star Wars prequels, meaning so much more hype, more media attention and a more psychotically rabid fan base than any other franchise. Things got blown out of proportion because of that, but I think we’re far enough away at this point that we can look at them a little more fairly. And they really are god awful.

    • Person

      They’re really not awful, people just had/have unreasonable expectations for them. The acting isn’t great and the dialogue (especially romantic) is weak, but the stories are all good and the action is great. I actually like all three of them way more than Return of the Jedi.

      Reduce Jar-Jar by even 50% and people would love Episode I, do a re-write on the sappy stuff in Episode II and people would love that movie, and a little nip and tuck on Episode III might make it the best one in the whole series.

  • Rob

    The editor holds true power when it comes to the interpretation of a film.

    • Ruprect

      True. I have long blamed Ben Burtt for a good deal of the prequels problems. Stick to Sound design, my friend.

  • Rob

    The editor holds true power when it comes to the interpretation of a film.

  • milo

    Just leak it online. Done.

  • milo

    Just leak it online. Done.

  • HORSEFLESH

    It’s a terrible trailer and tonally wrong. I can’t imagine how he makes the films any better if that’s an indication of his approach.

  • HORSEFLESH

    It’s a terrible trailer and tonally wrong. I can’t imagine how he makes the films any better if that’s an indication of his approach.

  • HORSEFLESH

    Kyle Newman: can’t see the wood for the trees.

  • budkin

    Reboot the prequels and erase the originals.

  • mixedkidmonkey2

    not fair, inception trailer music can make a taking a shit epic.

  • Thomas

    As far as I’m concerned, there are no Star Wars prequels. They don’t exist. Everything you need to know about the back-story to Star Wars is in the original trilogy.

  • junierizzle

    I honestly don’t see the point of this; the movies are what they are. You don’t think I have some editing ideas that I think would improve The Dark Knight Rises. It is what it is.

    • AManWithAKilt

      I can understand wanting to re-edit The Dark Knight Rises because it wasn’t that bad. The problems that hamper it aren’t that great. The prequels would need to be wholly re-written though.

  • verasgunn

    I… I don’t quite see the point of this trailer. I mean, this cut seems to be to remove the extraneous elements of the prequel trilogy, but showing us a trailer of something that only works if you’re watching the film seems entirely pointless. Out of context all it really amounts to is kind of a trailer for all of the movies in the original and prequel trilogy.

    It makes no claims of when, or even if they’ll release it and could be accomplished by pretty much saying “It exists” which has already been done.

  • http://www.compendiumofchaos.com/ Eugene

    I love the culture-clash of all the Facebook comments being pro-Prequel trilogy and all the Disqus comments being anti-Prequel trilogy

    • orianalianna

      That’s Facebook in a nutshell really – all IDIOTS.

  • AssHat900

    I made an edit too, 1:28, Starwars the Obi Wan Kenobi Story, FOX took it down.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA0C7fh7Lys&feature=youtu.be

  • orianalianna

    I think anybody can make good on Star Wars. George Lucas was the worst thing to ever happen to it. Let’s not forget he wasn’t the one to edit A New Hope – that was his ex wife. Nor was he really involved in Empire and when he finally was hands on – he gave us teddy bears defeating storm troopers…

    What a douchebag.

    • Jungian

      Alot of teddybears died…to bring us this information.

  • hallan

    Great idea, it’s the only way you’re going to get me to see the prequels again.

  • Dev1359

    Wow, wasn’t expecting so many haters in these comments. I for one would love to watch this.

  • hellocello

    topher is an asshole this is not good

  • http://www.discogs.com/ AdamShitwood

    I’m waiting for someone to edit Spider-Man 3. Maybe someone from That 80′s Show would like a crack at it. (Yes, I meant “That 80′s Show” not “That 70′s Show”)

  • http://www.discogs.com/ AdamShitwood

    I’m waiting for someone to edit Spider-Man 3. Maybe someone from That 80′s Show would like a crack at it. (Yes, I meant “That 80′s Show” not “That 70′s Show”)

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