OK, so maybe half of the film wasn't blurry and out of focus.
Maybe it wasn't called Balance of the Force.
And chances are, Steven Spielberg is NOT going to direct any of the next movies.
OK, we'll admit it, we've been wrong a few times. But after a comment earlier this year from Rick McCallum stating not to trust "85% of what you read on the Internet," something has to be said. He's implying that nearly all of the news and rumors you read on the Internet are wrong. Even Lucas himself has stated that many of the rumors were bogus up until this time last year. We're not sure where they get their figures, but here's some of my thoughts on the whole deal.
Let's set the stage, way back in 1997. The film is steeped in production, but only minor tidbits are making their way to the web. The rumors that do make it are often clouded in misconception, because the folks that send them in don't know the full context and may have a hard time describing the situations. It's kinda like St. John trying to describe the end of the world in the book of Revelations. Kinda hard, when you live in 25 AD.
But aside from that (and we did get our initial knowledge of the Jedi Council and the Pod Race sequences way back then), there's been plenty on TFN that's actually took place in the movie. And there's plenty more that was left on the cutting room floor that we also knew about in advance.
Here's a few examples of both of the above:
We had someone describe Anakin's pod during the first stages of set construction. We even got a few pictures of it under construction, yet no one knew what it was for or how exactly it was going to work. What exactly was "Anakin's Pod" anyhow? Does that make that information false? No, it was accurate and reliable.
Here's another scene we first mentioned long ago that was entirely accurate, never made it to the final cut of the film. It's when OBI-WAN and QUI-GON have a problem with a wet lightsaber. There are stills of this sequence still floating around the Internet, although it never officially happened (since it was not in the final edit of the movie).
There was a ton more information posted long before the movie was released, including sketches of ships, scores of descriptions of vehicles, casting information, even drawings with a scale guide to compare ships side-by-side!
Remember when TFN posted the sound clips of Jar Jar months before the release? How about that Darth Maul clip?
In October of 1998, TFN and other sites published pictures of the sketches for the droideka, the Federation Droid Control Ship, and plenty more. In subsequent months, TFN and other sites published more correct information, even including actual script segments from the third draft of the script. There was talk of the midi-chlorians long before the movie premiered, and much of what was published was fact, not fiction.
All this being said on the eve of Episode II production, and the rumors are already flying in. Characters, casting and more are already making their way to our inboxes. We'll sift through them all and bring you the truth, or at least the best truth as we know it. So, when Rick McCallum says that 80% of the Internet is misinformation, maybe he's referring to the entire online world and not specifically TFN, because I'd like to think our percentage is much higher than that. We're quite selective about what we post, and as you can imagine, sifting through the tons of email that does come in, that's quite a job. Of course, as we get rolling on Episode II, expect some rumors to develop and expect to see them here on TFN.
There will be some things you may hear about that never come to be, casting ideas that are just ideas that never get beyond a meeting or two. You'll hear about the new sets or discover part of the plot that cut from the movie, but were true. TFN prides itself on being the reliable source for all of your "Daily Dose of Star Wars," including spy reports.
Well, except for that whole fuzzy footage rumor. Oops.
Nov. 22nd, 1999
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03/17/03 - Joshua Griffin - Put the REAL Classics on DVD
01/29/03 - Joshua Griffin - Imagine a Star Wars HALO Videogame
01/14/03 - Michael Potts - Clone Wars: Expanded Universe Editorial
09/03/02 - Joshua Griffin - Digital Pirates Sink Ships
05/17/02 - Chris Knight - Digital Projection: The Audience Is Watching... And Waiting
04/11/02 - TFN Staff - Thumbs Up, Tumbs Down for SW2 Marketing
03/08/02 - TFN Staff - Clone War Trailer Reaction
01/13/02 - TFN Staff - TFN Reaction to SNL N'Sync Skit
01/03/02 - TFN Staff - Boy Band Jedi Reactions
12/12/01 - Chris Knight - Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
12/07/01 - Jeff Yankey - All I Want for Christmas
11/17/01 - Guest Editorial - Ritual and Romance of Episode II
10/04/01 - Guest Editorial - Why Episode I is Brilliant
10/02/01 - Guest Editorial - Episode I is Star Wars
09/30/01 - Guest Editorial - Why I Loved Episode I
09/25/01 - Joshua Griffin - Episode II: Make It or Break It Time
08/21/01 - Chris Knight - SW2: Attack On The Soul?
07/13/01 - Joshua Griffin - Special Time for SW Fans
05/14/01 - Joshua Griffin - AlphaCon is Finished
05/09/01 - Chris Knight - In The Beginning... Star Wars Comes To A Wired World
04/17/01 - Joshua Griffin - Global TFN - International Outlook on Star Wars
03/14/01 - Chris Knight - Palpatine vs. Hitler: Prequel Speculation Runs Amok!
02/13/01 - Chris Knight - "The Force" of Love: A Valentine's Day Editorial
01/17/01 - Chris Knight - Star Wars Could Continue... As Television Anthology
01/11/01 - Guest Editorial - A Review of A New Hope After the Prequels
01/07/01 - Guest Editorial - No - We Want the DVDs Now!
01/04/01 - Chris Knight - New Digital Disciple Says "Lets Wait On Star Wars DVDs"
12/21/00 - Joshua Griffin - Is George Lucas Really a Genius?
11/18/00 - Joshua Griffin - To Spoil or Not to Spoil
11/06/00 - Joshua Griffin - The Power of the Election
11/01/00 - Chris Knight - Why Isn't There A Star Wars Postage Stamp?
08/17/00 - Jason McCabe Calacanis - The SW2 Fan Trailer (guest editorial)
07/14/00 - Joshua Griffin/Scott Chitwood - TFN's Spoiler Policy
06/20/00 - Chris Knight - Star Wars and the Saga of Life
05/13/00 - TFN Staff - TheForce.net Wish List
04/08/00 - Special Guest Editorial by Skybaugh - Worth the Wait
03/30/00 - Joshua Griffin - What Star Wars Has Won
03/19/00 - Joshua Griffin - The Next Denver Celebration
03/14/00 - Joshua Griffin - Fair Weather Fans
03/07/00 - Joshua Griffin - Predicting the Academy Award Winners
02/22/00 - Joshua Griffin - Who should profit from Star Wars?
02/16/00 - Joshua Griffin - Episode I and the Academy
01/27/00 - TFN Staff - Flaming TFN over DVD
01/25/00 - Chris Knight - Motivations of the Sith
01/20/00 - TFN Staff - Leonardo DiCaprio as Anakin?
01/10/00 - Joshua Griffin - World-Wide Star Wars
01/03/00 - Joshua Griffin - Mass Merchandising Menace
12/13/99 - Joshua Griffin - Questioning Star Wars
11/22/99 - Joshua Griffin - Trusting Internet Rumors
11/11/99 - Paul Davidson - Rise of the Empire: China and TPM
10/28/99 - Scott Chitwood - Signs There Probably Won't Be a Sequel Trilogy
10/18/99 - Joshua Griffin - Why not Episode I DVD?
10/15/99 - Joshua Griffin - What Makes SW Fans Special
10/01/99 - Joshua Griffin - The PG Rating of TPM
09/07/99 - Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens - Comic and Book Wishlist
08/18/99 - TF.N Team - Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down on Episode I Everything
07/11/99 - Joshua Griffin - Parody Site isn't that funny
07/10/99 - Brian Linder - The Jar Jar Factor
06/08/99 - Joshua Griffin & Chris Knight - Why is Jar Jar in Episode I?
05/06/99 - Darin Smith - Return of the Child
03/09/99 - Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens - A Chat with LFL
02/07/99 - Amy Pronovost - Convention Romances, Can they Work?
01/23/99 - Scott Chitwood - What's up with Prowse?
01/01/99 - Scott Chitwood - Uncle George and Episode 1
11/23/98 - Scott Chitwood - What Lucasfilm is doing right
11/05/98 - Scott Chitwood - Prequel Spoilers
09/28/98 - David Coates - First thoughts on the the Episode 1 Title
06/19/98 - Scott Chitwood - How Godzilla affected Episode I
04/09/98 - Scott Chitwood - The Art of the Space Battle
04/09/98 - Scott Chitwood - DIVX SUX
02/26/98 - Scott Chitwood - X-WING TV Series Should Fly
02/09/98 - Scott Chitwood - Xerox Sites
02/03/98 - Scott Chitwood - Canon Issue, Part 2
01/07/98 - Terrence Daniels - Canon = Personal Preference
12/17/97 - Darin Smith - Everything I need to know...
11/15/97 - Chris Kivlehan - Six Episodes or Nine Episodes?
11/07/97 - Scott Chitwood - How do you solve a problem like Ewan?
11/03/97 - Scott Chitwood - How we get our Prequel 'Spy' info
10/22/97 - Paul Davidson - Trek vs. Wars