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Michael Cimino Says He Made A "Unique Pitch" To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 7, 2012 at 11:57AM

Firstly, Michael Cimino has joined Twitter. Yes, seriously. The director who has been the subject of much speculation and chatter over the past few decades after falling from grace with "Heaven's Gate" is enjoying a bit of return around the sun, feted at the Venice Film Festival as the restored version of the infamous picture screened during the summer. And with the Criterion Collection issuing it in a lovely edition (read our breakdown of the set right here) it looks like the press shy director is ready to straighten a few things out.
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Empire Strikes Back Michael Cimino

Firstly, Michael Cimino has joined Twitter. Yes, seriously. The director who has been the subject of much speculation and chatter over the past few decades after falling from grace with "Heaven's Gate" is enjoying a bit of return around the sun, feted at the Venice Film Festival as the restored version of the infamous picture screened during the summer. And with the Criterion Collection issuing it in a lovely edition (read our breakdown of the set right here) it looks like the press shy director is ready to straighten a few things out.

And indeed, he's only been online less than day and he's already dropped a pretty interesting nugget. Responding to a Twitter joke that he was going to direct an all-dancing "Star Wars: Episode 7" that would be 3.5 hours long, Cimino replied: "Unfair & unfunny. I made a unique pitch for the 2nd film in 1978/9."

Of course, he's talking about "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," and it's both pretty interesting and not that surprising. Lucas courted a lot of directors for the sequels, perhaps the most famous being David Lynch for "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi" (you can check out the great anecdote about that right here). Hopefully Cimino will reveal a bit more about what his approach would've been, but for now, he says that he wants to release more of his films on Criterion. [via Bleeding Cool]

This article is related to: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Michael Cimino


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