It’s been 40 years since The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters and the secrets behind the magic are beginning to be revealed.
Star Wars was a phenomenon and there was tremendous pressure on the sequel. It had to be a hit. So, George Lucas called Industrial Light & Magic’s (ILM) general manager Tom Smith and said, “I don’t wanna tell you this. We need some more shots for Empire.”
Imagine the ideas that ran through his head at that moment…
See, Empire was already in the can. Some theaters already HAD it.
“No, no, no,” Lucas clarified, “it’s not in all the theaters.”
What was the problem?
Lucas “realized that the end of the film was unclear.”
After the daring escape from Cloud City, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, and friends reunite with the rebel fleet. At that point, new handed Luke and Leia chill while Lando and Chewy set off aboard the Falcon to rescue Han Solo.
So what’s the issue?