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Watch the 1st trailer for new Star Wars fan film (before Disney has it killed)

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Dec 20, 2013, 5:09 PM EST

The folks at Disney are looking to ramp up production on a boatload of new Star Wars content, but a group of intrepid fans hope to beat them to the punch.

The team behind Star Wars: Dark Resurrection, a two-part Italian fan film series that has been kicking around since 2007, are coming back together for a final entry in their saga. They’re gearing up for a crowdfunding campaign next month, but have posted an initial trailer to pitch the concept. Check it out above.

The story follows a dark Jedi’s search for a mythical source of power, while the good guys try to stop him. For the final episode, the producers hope to crank up the production budget to make a rockin’ finale. It looks like a fun project, and could be a nice diversion while we wait for Disney to kick things into high gear.

Considering the fact that they’ve already released two Star Wars fan films — one in 2007, the other in 2011 — it’s possible Disney might stay mum and let production on the last installment go on as planned with no copyright claims. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

If the pushback against that (awesome-looking) Punisher fan film is any indication, it seems pretty likely Disney could step in and knock this thing off track before it has a chance to get started. The Mouse House takes its intellectual property very seriously, and Star Wars looks to become a major part of the equation soon, so I’d look for the lawyers to pounce soon.

Check out the first two films in the series below and let us know what you think. Are you hoping they get to make part three?


(Via Nerd Bastards)