Hundreds Recreating Web's Version Of 'Star Wars'

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Remakes are big business in Hollywood, but there's one blockbuster being remade on the cheap: the original Star Wars film. It's on the Internet. One guy chopped the film into 15 second segments and has hundreds of people recreating them.


Okay, it's no surprise to encounter a Hollywood movie that's been remade. It is a surprise to discover the way that people remade the movie "Star Wars." David Nogueras reports that hundreds of people are piecing it together bit by bit on the Internet.

DAVID NOGUERAS: A long time ago - and by a long time I mean back in 1977 -director George Lucas sent Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker into the Cantina at the Mos Eisley Spaceport.

(Soundbite of music)

NOGUERAS: Lucas's script called for a wretched hive of scum and villain. Location scouts found a small bakery in windswept Tunisia that fit the part.

(Soundbite of movie, "Star Wars")

Mr. HARRISON FORD (Actor): (as Han Solo) Hans Solo. I'm Captain - Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're looking for passage to the Alderaan System.

Mr. ALEC GUINNESS (Actor): (as Ben Kenobi) Yes, indeed. If it's a fast ship.

NOGUERAS: To recreate this iconic scene, musician Jordan Skinnella(ph) used his friend's third-story walkup in Brooklyn. He took some other liberties with the source material, too.

(Soundbite of movie, "Star Wars Uncut")

Mr. JORDAN SKINNELLA: (Singing) Passage to the Alderaan System´┐Ż

Unidentified Man #2: (Singing) Yes, indeed, if it's a fast ship.

Mr. SKINNELLA: (Singing) Fast ship. Never heard of the Millennium Falcon.

Unidentified Man #2: (Singing) Should I have?

Mr. SKINNELLA: (Singing) It's a ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

Mr. CASEY PUGH: It's amazing the amount of work people put into it.

NOGUERAS: That Casey Pugh. He's the driving force behind "Star Wars Uncut." He says people are excited to take part in the project, because they just love "Star Wars."

Mr. PUGH: And they hope to see themselves to in, like, the end film, you know. It's their chance to be in the "Star Wars" universe.

NOGUERAS: Pugh cut the film into 15-second bites for people to recreate online. There are now more than 600 at

(Soundbite of movie, "Star Wars Uncut")

Unidentified Woman: And that's the trick, isn't it? And it's going to cost you something extra - $1,000 in advance.

Unidentified Man #3: One thousand? We could almost buy our own ship with that.

NOGUERAS: Chuck Ozeas(ph), a director of photography in Los Angeles, cast his daughter Samantha as Hans Solo. His son Will plays Luke, and Tilly(ph), the family dog, stands in on hind legs as Chewbacca. Ozeas says at least two of the three have expressed interest in reprising their roles.

Mr. CHUCK OZEAS (Director of Photography): My kids bring it out nearly daily. You know, when are we going to do the next scene? So, I'm sure there will be another one soon.

NOGUERAS: The kids, however, might have to wait for Casey Pugh's next project: "The Empire Strikes Back." Ozeas says he doesn't expect Tilly the dog to play Yoda. That role, he says, is better suited for a cat.

For NPR News, I'm David Nogueras.

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