The London-based sales company is handling international sales on the documentary that explores the love/hate relationship that fans have with the Star Wars creator. Director Alexandre O. Philippe has boiled down over 700 hours of footage submitted by fans. Clips include online parodies lovingly created in needlepoint, Lego, claymation and puppets. Witnesses including original Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz, Neil Gaiman and Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) all give evidence.
Producers Denver-based Exhibit A Pictures are hanging on to Canada and UK rights themselves. The People Vs. George Lucas is wending its way through the festival circuit, having had its world premiere at SXSW.
Samantha Horley, MD of Salt, said the plan is build the audience through social networks and online. “It’s the future of film sales. As a huge Star Wars fan myself I loved this film, so I know there’s a clear audience out there for this. We plan to find them.”
Let’s face it, we all loved Star Wars until Lucas went out and ruined it. First, he tinkered with the originals, then he made the prequels, and let’s not get started on Jar Jar Binks. The film asks the question: who truly owns that galaxy, far, far away — the man who created it, or the fans who love it?