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Boba Fett Concept Art Traces The Evolution Of A Bounty Hunter

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With the canon stripped down to its bare essentials, the Star Wars universe is about to expand massively under the aegis of Disney, this time with a much more tightly policed continuity. We’ve got Star Wars Rebels, and the new comics and novels, and of course the much-anticipated The Force Awakens due later this year. But next year we’ll get something possibly even more cool — the first standalone Star Wars spinoff film. We still don’t know what the movie will be about, but early rumors suggest Boba Fett may play a major role. So what better time to look back at the origins of one of the Star Wars franchise’s fan-favorite characters?

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Would You Kindly Check Out This Gorgeous BioShock Concept Art?

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BioShockmainGore Verbinski’s BioShock movie will always be a one of the great “one that got away” Hollywood stories. First announced back in 2008, Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the critically acclaimed BioShock had all the promise to be one of the first truly great video-game movie adaptations. Universal hired Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and allotted a budget of $200 million to make an R-rated BioShock movie. Sadly, the project was eventually scuttled, which is why we love this gorgeous concept art from Verbinski’s aborted BioShock, but it also makes us want to smash up the place like an irate Big Daddy because we didn’t get to see any of this on the big screen. (You can click each of the images to see larger versions.)

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The Logan’s Run Remake Could Have Shown Us Sandmen Who Look Like This

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The Logan’s Run remake is one of those science fiction properties that seems to have been in the works, under one creative team or another, damn near since the original movie came out back in 1976. Since the early ’90s, various versions of the project have come and gone, with people like Joel Silver, Bryan Singer, Alex Garland, and Nicolas Winding Refn, all having their turn at bat. In August 2007, it was director Joseph Kosinski’s turn, with screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men) on board to write the script. Unfortunately, just like all the others, we never got to see his version of Logan’s Run. But thanks to this concept art, we can see a bit of what might have been.

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Battlestar Galactica’s Iconic Viper Starfighters Could Have Looked Like This

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VipersWhile Glen A. Larson’s original Battlestar Galactica may seem a little cheesy when viewed through cynical 21st-century eyes, it still had a helluva lot going for it. That incredible theme composed by Larson and Stu Phillips. There was the effects work by John Dykstra. And there was a foundation built by, among others, concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. With a per-episode budget of a then-unthinkable $1 million or more, Battlestar Galactica hoped to right the wave of excitement kicked up by Star Wars, and so Larson and company had the canny idea to hire McQuarrie to help imagine what the world of BSG would look like. He helped create the look of the ragtag fleet and the Viper starfighters that defended it, but they almost looked very different.

Below is a McQuarrie image showing the Viper BSG fans know and love, a design that was changed very little when it came time for Ronald D. Moore to reboot the series for The Sci-Fi Channel a few years back. It’s sleek shape is perfectly suited for those unforgettable sequences where the Vipers rocket down the Galactica’s launch tubes.

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Falling Skies Unused Concept Art Is Better Than The Stuff That Made It Into The Show

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Falling2TNT’s Falling Skies is one of those frustrating shows that always seemed to waver between bad and juuuuuuust skirting the edge of being really good. I finally bailed on the show this past season, but one of the things that I did always consistently enjoy while I watched it was the show’s design work. Whether it was the insectoid Skitters, the lithe and powerful Espheni, or the lumbering mechs that were always making life miserable for the 2nd Mass, the world of Falling Skies usually looked really well-realized, especially for a basic cable show. Still, I can’t help but wish some of these amazing alien designs by artist Nuttavut Baiphowongse had actually made it into the show.

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Fifth Element Concept Art Brings A Sprawling Cityscape To Life

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Fifth1There were a lot of reasons to like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, from the quirky humor to the epic storyline to Mia Jovovich running around wearing a couple of strategically placed bandages. But the movie was also a visual wonder, serving up perhaps the most memorable future landscape since Blade Runner. One of the folks who helped design the world of The Fifth Element was comics artist Jean-Claude Mezieres. Much of his Fifth Element work has popped up on Imgur, showcasing sprawling future cityscapes, high-tech laboratories, and an early on the film’s unforgettable blue alien diva. (Some of the images are NSFW.)