Irvin Kershner (Director of Empire Strikes Back) died at 87
From CNN, ((Filmmaker Irvin Kershner, who directed the 1980 Star Wars sequel "The Empire Strikes Back," died Saturday in his home in Los Angeles, California, after a three-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer. He was 87. ))
The sci-fi community lost one of its great directors on Saturday. George Lucas entrusted his franchise into the hands of this guy way back in the 80s with Empire Strikes Back. And, most non-super fans have no idea Lucas DID NOT direct the second the third films in the first trilogy.
Kershner with the late Leigh Brackett and the still living Lawrence Kasdan were the ones responsible for the added maturity in Empire Strikes Back. Where as Lucas wanted to just keep the series in its old serial roots with campy-ness, Kershner turned the series into a character/action movie with real problems. Many SW fans still consider Empire to be the best out of all the SW films.
George Lucas had this to say about the guy.
From NY Daily News, (("The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing," Lucas said in a statement. "Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. ))
Never Say Never Again: This non-continuity James Bond film is kind of looked down upon. But, it is interesting that they went a totally different route for Mr. Bond.
RoboCop 2: I think fans of the first movie often frown upon this movie, but I think he gets a bad rap. And, Frank Miller’s original script is that much better.
Kershner, you will be missed.