R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

Filmmaker Irvin Kershner has died at his home in Los Angeles after battling a long illness reports The Associated Press.

Initially starting out as a musician, Kershner went on to become a director of documentaries, features and TV shows. His most famous effort was “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second film in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and by far the most critically acclaimed film of the entire saga.

His other most famous work was the infamous “Never Say Never Again”, a pseudo-remake of “Thunderball” that was an attempt to setup a rival James Bond franchise outside of the official MGM franchise. It failed.

Other noted works include 1983’s “The Eyes of Laura Mars” and 1990’s “Robocop II”. Kershner was eight-seven years old.