One of George Lucas's best-known student films is getting a new lease on life. The studio Gunpowder & Sky, which launched its sci-fi streaming service Dust a year ago, has confirmed that it will be premiering Lucas' 1967 short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB on December 11 to coincide with the upcoming premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film will be available to view via the streaming platform.
The release is part of a partnership between Dust and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where student sci-fi short films will be premiered on a daily basis. The event will conclude with the release of Lucas' short movie. Gunpowder & Sky president and co-founder Floris Bauer said the premiere will hopefully inspire a new generation of filmmakers.
“Globally showcasing George Lucas’ first-ever film, 50 years after its creation, while simultaneously passing the 1MM fans on Facebook through supporting new diverse voices in sci-fi content, are tremendous milestones for us," Bauer said. "We are excited to work with USC to bring attention to some of their up-and-coming filmmakers.”
Electronic Labyrinth, about a citizen who attempts to escape his underground community in a dystopian world, was written and directed by Lucas during his time at USC's film school. It was later retooled as the 1971 film THX 1138. Although the feature-length version originally failed to find a following upon initial release, it went on to achieve status as a cult classic -- especially after Lucas' later success with the Star Wars franchise.
What do you think of the re-release? Interested to get a peek into one of Lucas' earliest works?