A fantasy short film titled Black Angel accompanied certain screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Now, thirty-five years later, that short is being adapted into a feature film.
A report by THR has revealed that Black Angel, a 25-minute long short film that told of a knight on a mission against evil in order to free a maiden, will see its original writer and director return at the helm.
Nostradamus and Battlefield Earth director Roger Christian is to write and direct a feature adaption of his first ever project as director.
The film, which Christian says will have a budget of “around $15 million”, is set to star Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies, with more cast members to be announced at a later date.
The Carnaby International-backed project is also hitting up some crowdfunding to help production costs. A 45-day Indiegogo campaign will aim to bring in $100,000, so if you were a fan of the short or simply love the idea and want to contribute, there are a few perks available for offerings. The major perk would be a two-frame negative from Star Wars: A New Hope, which was given to Christian by George Lucas.
Lucas may have commissioned the short, after apparently hating the short that was placed with Star Wars: A New Hope, but he’s not involved in the Black Angle feature. Still, he did offer Christian some advice. Christian says:
“…I sat with George [Lucas] for about an hour and went through the film, and he said you’re doing the right thing keeping it smaller, he said that was a very important lesson.”