Of course, Rogen did a double take, but rather than realize Lucas was getting a laugh at his expense, he realized Lucas was dead serious. In true Rogen fashion, he joked with Lucas and asked him if he could snag a seat on his spaceship. Rogen continued, "He claimed he didn't have a spaceship, but there's no doubt there's a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go ... It's going to be him and Steven Spielberg and I'll be blown up like the rest of us."
This is pretty funny stuff and even sounds like the making of the perfect buddy comedy to me, but that didn't stop Lucas from issuing a statement announcing that he doesn't really think the world will end in 2012. Wow, that's a relief. In all seriousness, Lucasfilm rep Lynne Hale really did reach out to correct the error, but not in a very serious manner. She told Wired.com, "He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012 but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth." She added, "These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he's going to digitally insert into 'Indy 5' along with a roster of famous dead actors."
This whole situation is wildly amusing as is the fact that so many news outlets are considering this newsworthy material, so why not have some fun with it? I'd like to bet Spielberg would be sitting alongside Lucas should Lucas' imaginary rocket blast off into space come 2012, but what if you were calling the shots? Forget persevering mankind; if the world came to an end in 2012 and you had let's say a five-seater ready to blast off, who'd you give a free ride to in the name of the film industry?
I'd go for the complete package – a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and actor. Christopher Nolan is a guy who can create a lot out of nothing and assuming not much will be happening in this rocket, we'll need someone with a decent imagination. Plus, he doubles as a writer. Quarters will be cramped, so let's go with a director who excels in that type of situation, Danny Boyle. Cinematographer and director really go hand in hand, but I'd prefer Nolan's go-to guy, Wally Pfister, to Boyle's, Anthony Dod Mantle, so that role goes to Pfister via Nolan. Lastly, who better to handle the one-man show than somebody who's done it before and in outer space nonetheless. If Sam Rockwell starred in every space production, I'd like to bet we'd still get a wildly different performance every time. We've got to have a female presence on this ship, so for the producing position, Kathleen Kennedy will climb aboard. She's certainly earned her place in this industry having produced dozens of films, a significant amount of which are quite good, and should have no problem holding her own on this rather manly mission.
What do you think? Would you place your bets on Lucas and Spielberg's Millennium Falcon or rather come up with your own dream team to ensure filmmaking survives the 2012 apocalypse?