Lost ‘Star Wars’ Short Film ‘Black Angel’ Releasing Soon

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Lost Star Wars Short Film Black Angel to Get Releae Lost Star Wars Short Film Black Angel Releasing Soon

The power of Star Wars knows no bounds. From two film trilogies to numerous animated series (including this fall’s Star Wars Rebels) and the upcoming sequels (the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams) – as well as an untold number of books, comics and video games – the billion dollar franchise has existed in some form or another for the last 37 years.

The franchise’s success is all due to its insatiable fans, who have devoured every new entry released, whether it features their beloved characters or has any relation to the main films at all. Until recently, it was thought that no stone had been left unturned in terms of Star Wars content, but fortunately that’s not the case.

These days we get an endless amount of previews shown before movies, but back when the original trilogy premiered, short films were created to introduce a picture instead. In 1979, George Lucas was searching for one that would pair well with the tone of his newly completed The Empire Strikes Back.

Set decorator Roger Christian, who had won an Oscar for A New Hope, was awarded that esteemed honor after Lucas read and approved his fantasy script Black Angel, about a knight (Tony Vogel) who returns from the Crusades, only to be transported to a fantasy world to rescue a princess. Already well versed in working under a tight budget after finding creative ways to use the first Star Wars film’s cool $4 million, Christian was granted $50,000 to direct a 25-minute short film.

Watch a clip from Black Angel below:

Black Angel was attached to screenings of The Empire Strikes Back in Europe and Australia, and everyone loved it, even Steven Spielberg who said it was “one of the most enigmatic films he’d ever seen.” Then, somehow, all copies of the short film were lost. That is, until an archivist at Universal Studios surprisingly found a negative in December 2011.

33 years later, in October 2013, a digitally restored Black Angel returned to theaters as the closing film of the Mill Valley fest. It was also screened last week at the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland. Next, Christian hopes to release the short film this year, “possibly through iTunes or Netflix and maybe even as part of a DVD re-release of ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ ”

While maybe not an actual part of the franchise, Black Angel was commissioned by Lucas and paired with perhaps the most beloved Star Wars film of all time. So for hardcore fans wanting to experience every part of the franchise, the short film should serve as a unique appetizer to hold them over until the next main course.


There’s currently no release date for Black Angel.

Source: Esquire

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  1. Short films should be, once again, part of a movie experience. I will check this one out as soon as I can.

    • That would be cool if movies had short films before them. for example, Marvel could have 10-20 minute segments before the feature to show large audiences some of their less popular heroes and villains that couldn’t sustain an entire film

      • +1

      • At one point that was supposed to be the plan. Sadly it didn’t pan out.

      • Good idea.

    • I’d rather they didn’t. So you really want to sit in the theater over an hour watching trailers and then a 25 minute short film before you get to watch the movie you paid to see? No thanks.

      • um, yes, to all those questions.

      • Yeah feel bad for you and the others than have low attention span. Plus most short film are usually less than 25 minutes anyway.


      • Until the ’80s it was absolutely the norm to see a B-picture (a full-length movie at that) before the main release. The “blockbuster” era brought in by Lucas and Spielberg, ironically, put an end to that. The point is that you weren’t paying double for two movies, so you didn’t have to show up for the other one if you didn’t feel like it.

  2. That’s pretty cool.

  3. Would you say caravan of courage was devoured?

  4. Another re-re-re-re-release of Empire Strikes Back? Yes, just what everyone has been waiting for. Star Wars is like Madonna, she was great 20 years ago but is now cringe inducing.

    • Many people are going to cringe at your ignorant comment!!

    • I can’t see TESB being re-released in anything other than a limited edition if it’s just to incorporate the short film. But how about if it’s the original 1980 theatrical cut, now Lucas is out of the picture? That’d be a great idea, and I’d buy that tomorrow.

  5. i remember back in the day when HBO was in it’s infancy, they used to run a lot of short films in between feature films. Hardware Wars, Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind. Showtime did as well. i loved those flicks.

  6. I vaguely remember seeing this at the time – had a spooky, Excalibur-type feel. I’d love to see it again. Fair play to George Lucas; I had no idea he actually commissioned it.

  7. I will check this out more when it comes out on ITunes or Nextflix. I wish short films we’re shown before movies instead of commercials. Movie trailers are fine, but leave commercials at home for the television.

  8. “Until recently, it was thought that no stone had been left unturned in terms of Star Wars content…”

    WRONG! Put the original theatrical release out on BluRay! Seriously. Disney could make back a huge chunk of the money they spent buying Lucasfilm.

  9. The intro short film is one of the things I look forward to with every new Pixar flick. Wish more studios did this sort of thing.

  10. This title is REALLY misleading. This short film has absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars other than it was made by one of the guys involved in making the first Star Wars and was shown in front of Empire in a few theaters. It’s a short fantasy movie that couldn’t be further removed from the Star Wars franchise, and yet the title makes it sound like it’s an official part of the franchise that has been lost over time.

    A clickbait headline if I’ve ever seen one.