More sad news to report this morning as Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner has died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles. Although the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, will always be my favorite, The Empire Strikes Back is probably the best film in the saga from both a technical and an emotional standpoint. George Lucas and Kershner famously clashed over the tone and pacing of the film, and it can be argued that this disagreement led to George hiring a more easily manipulated director to helm the safer and less satisfying Return of the Jedi. Kershner also directed Robocop 2, and Sean Connery’s mid 80’s return to Bond in Never Say Never Again.


About Jeff Carter

Jeff began his path towards Geek destiny at the age of four, at a drive-in screening of Star Wars. Since then, he's had a love affair with all things nerdy. In the mid to late 90's, Jeff was a staff writer for EchoStation.Com, interviewing Star Wars heavyweights like Timothy Zahn and Drew Struzan. He then went on to review films and write editorial pieces for several blogs in the mid 2000's, wrote and co-created a webcomic strip that ran from 2007-2010, and is currently co-founder of Dead Henchmen Productions, an independent film company based in New England.

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