Sunday, July 26, 2009
Family Guy takes on The Empire Strikes Back
From usatoday, The Family Guy is making its triumphant return to science-fiction. Series creator and executive producer Seth MacFarlane unveiled to Comic Con attendees an extended preview of the upcoming Family Guy parody of George Lucas' classic The Empire Strikes Back. MacFarlane and company are certainly familiar with the genre; the show skewered the original Star Wars several years ago.
Tasteless, vulgar, unflinching, and laugh-out-loud funny, this much-awaited new take on Empire has the potential to gain cult status among the legions of Lucas and MacFarlane fans. Without giving away any spoilers, the new Family Guy special will follow the exploits of the Griffins as they assume their roles on either the side of the Rebellion or the Empire.The Peter Griffin character, as Han Solo, recieved the biggest laughs of the screening with his perfectly executed combination of a character that is equal parts renegade space pirate and fat, rude suburban dad. The show has tentatively set Christmas 2009 as a release date.
MacFarlane also revealed a few details about the show's 2010 or 2011 Return of the Jedi parody. The series' third swipe at the Star Wars franchise will not only involve cast and characters from Family Guy, but will also include the entire casts of other MacFarlane shows, American Dad and the upcoming Family spin-off, The Cleveland Show.