Almost 30 years after the release of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,” the trilogy that put George Lucas on the map is proving to be a cash cow for Seth MacFarlane and his “Family Guy” spoofs.
The sequel to the first “Family Guy” parody comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 22. We caught up with MacFarlane on the red carpet of a house party he was throwing on Saturday celebrating the debut of “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side.”
The first hour-long movisode, “Blue Harvest,” kicked off the show’s sixth season in 2007. “The first one did so well in demand that the second just seemed like a logical thing to do,” MacFarlane said.
A third based on “Return of the Jedi” will be out next year, MacFarlane said. Buzz around the Web, which cites a statement by the “Family Guy creator” earlier this year, indicates that the show may already be written and will be titled either “The Great Muppet Caper” or “We Have a Bad Feeling About This.”
So, we finally get to see the buxom cartoon Lois in a gold bikini? “That’s in the next one; that’s in Jedi,” MacFarlane said.
Don’t expect MacFarlane to extend his charades into the newer entries in the “Star Wars” franchise.
“I’m not as well-versed on the newer movies as much as I am on the old ones,” he said. “I was a kid when the old ones came out, so they hold a special place in my heart.”
Future spoofs may venture into the other sci-fi and adventures franchises that themed MacFarlane’s childhood.
“Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Star Trek,” he riffed, citing potential spoofs. “The difference is that Lucas gave us the rights. Lucas agreed to let us do this, and that’s a rare thing. Most legal departments are much more overprotective.”
Fox didn’t immediately return comment regarding any financial terms of the agreement with Lucas.
And for those who don’t know, Lucas also made “Indiana Jones.” Don’t be surprised to see an overweight Peter Griffin sporting a whip and iconic hat some time soon.
– Mark Milian
RECENT AND RELATED
UPDATE: A previous version of this post said Indiana Jones wore a green hat. We think Mark needs to adjust his TV before he watches “Tample od Doom” on DVD a again.
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