“The Empire Strikes Back” Director Irvin Kershner Passes Away At 87

December 2nd, 2010 - 2:55 am ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
irvinDec 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Legendary director and Hollywood icon Irvin Kershner breathed his last at his home last Saturday. The filmmaker was suffering from lung cancer from three and half years and on Saturday it seems he lost his prolonged fight with the disease. The director was 87 year old. Irvin Kershner’s goddaughter Adriana Santini confirmed the news to the media. The veteran director is survived by his two sons.

Irvin Kershner is best remembered for directing “Star Wars” sequel “The Empire Strikes Back”, which is the second installment of ‘Star Wars” trilogy. He also directed “Never Say Never Again” which received great appreciation from his viewers and critics. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas remembered the director and said that he did not want to direct the sequel of “Star Wars” himself. George Lucas said that he needed someone whom he could trust and whose work had humor and maturity. George Lucas said that he knew “RoboCop 2″ director was the perfect choice as he really admired the director’s previous work works.

George Lucas said that he did not want to make “The Empire Strikes back” just any other sequel but he was trying to build something extraordinary which would be remembered by the next generation. George Lucas expressed his condolence and said that he called Irvin Kershner as his mentor and he was a great director and one of the most genuine people the former had ever known. All the celebrities of Hollywood have been paying tribute to the director and they expressed their condolence at the unfortunate demise of the director. Irvin Kreshner’s son David Kershner said that his father had the wonderful drive to create things and hence he never retired from his creations.

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