Fanboy dreams do come true when people dig shit out of the Star Wars vault. Black Angel, the long lost 25-minute short film that screened before Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has finally been located. The best part is you probably won’t even have to leave Mom’s basement to watch it.
Back in the ‘70s and ’80s, Star Wars’ glory days, going to see a movie also meant a bonus short film before the main event. In the case of Black Angel, the lucky bastards who saw The Empire Strikes Back in parts of Europe and Australia got to see the 25-minute fantasy epic. Theaters in the U.S. stopped showing pre-movie shorts by that time, so Americans missed out on those twenty-five minutes of foreplay. The project was commissioned by George Lucas himself to Roger Christian, the Oscar winner for “Best Art Direction – Set Direction” on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Black Angel was Christian’s directorial debut and a big success until everyone who ever owned a copy of it sucked at life and lost all existing copies one way or another.
But 32 years later, it’s been proven that God is a Star Wars fan because someone miraculously tracked down a copy of Black Angel. It’s being restored and Christian says he hopes to release it on Netflix or iTunes later this year or possibly as part of The Empire Strikes Back DVD. Even decades later, he still gets us.
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