George Lucas Was Working on STAR WARS Sequel Trilogy Before Disney Acquisition; “Constantly Talking” to J.J. Abrams about Episode VII

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Almost one year ago, Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced the Star Wars sequel trilogy was underway.  There was the assumption that Disney’s purchase had been the catalyst for the new trilogy, but a recent interview with George Lucas’ son, Jett, reveals his father had already started work on new episodes.  “We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and researching, starting his whole little process,” Jett Lucas told Flicks and the City.  “About a year later was when the idea of selling to Disney came up…It’s nice because he’s happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.”

Hit the jump for more about George Lucas trying to let the franchise go, and the current status of his involvement.

george-lucas-star-wars-imageJett Lucas tells Flicks and the City [via Mashable] that his father was understandably ambivalent about handing the reigns over to someone else:

“yeah, as any parent watching their kid going to college would. He’s constantly talking to J.J. [Abrams, director of Episode VII]. Obviously J.J. was handpicked. He [Lucas] is there to guide, whenever, he’ll help where he can. At the same time, he wants to let it go and become its new generation.”

 

Before fans start freaking out and trying to discern what “constantly talking” means, here’s how George Lucas previously described his role in the production:

“[If the filmmakers ask],‘Who’s this guy?’ I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.’ Basically I’m not — I don’t really have much to do.”

It would be ridiculous to think that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t take advantage of Lucas’ knowledge for any questions relating to specific aspects of the universe.  Doubters are probably looking for a Svengali situation with Lucas somehow manipulating Abrams behind he scenes, but I don’t sense a great conspiracy here.  I’m assuming it’s a collaborative process, and Lucas’ voice isn’t the only one being heard.

Here’s the video of the interview with Jett Lucas:

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Never understood the absolute hatred towards George Lucas. In the end it was his baby so he could do whatever he wanted with it. I only wished that he would release the originals without the updated footage. He would be smart to release them both under some sort of “Ultimate” Collectors Edition. That way you could even compare the two with some sort of discussion as to why he changed certain scenes. Although the first two of the new trilogy weren’t up to par I still enjoyed Episode III. I wish him the best and very appreciative of what he brought to cinema with ILM. He is a true game changer.

    • Roderick

      He’s the founding genius of everything Star Wars. And the mistakes he made were his to make. I’d rather have a bad Star Wars film from Lucas than a good one from Disney because even with Jar Jar and Ewoks, it’s the product of a guiding vision. Disney presumably announced the new movies the moment the sale was made public in order to get in front of the PR problem, taking credit for delivering something new instead of criticism for gobbling up another independent IP. But the latter is what they did.

      Today’s Disney is pretty good at handling what they acquire, and not too crass. But long-term, it’s anyone’s guess. Kids grow up thinking The Little Mermaid survived.

      • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

        ” I’d rather have a bad Star Wars film from Lucas than a good one from Disney because even with Jar Jar and Ewoks, it’s the product of a guiding vision.”
        This is completely moronic.

      • Duder NME

        You completely missed his point. Typical.

      • Slop_j30

        Does “I’m going to dumb an already simple story down down as much as humanly possible, throw in the least funny ‘humor’ imaginable, and wring all the life out of the contiunation of my life’s work” qualify as a “guiding vision”?

      • jason malinoski

        Completely your opinion.

    • Jedi

      Your profile picture really explains why you don’t understand the hatred towards Lucas.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Touche’. However, the man transformed the film industry as we know it and helped make films reach a level never thought possible in terms of special effects, camera and sound quality. Respect is due to someone like this whether you liked or disliked his direction on the Star Wars prequals. Create something as amazing as Star Wars or Indiana Jones and then you can talk.

    • tertiaryintervention

      They hate him because he sucks. He went from Luke to Jaba in under 5 years. In hindsight you can see the beginnings of the shit sandwich he was foisting on us if you watch Jedi.

      He was a genius. He became sated and fat.

      That’s why people fucking hate him. He’s bait and switch master supreme. And we can’t stop taking the bait.

      • Jedi

        Thats exactly it. There is no doubt that his work on the original star wars was groundbreaking, both in effects and story. What is the issue is that he took this property that he created that people became hardcore, devoted fans of and treated it like it was his personal toy-creating machine. The original star wars worked because he had people challenging his ideas on the scripts and direction–art from adversity. In the prequels it was just him shitting out ideas that he thought would be fun, with nobody around him questioning the creative process.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    If I just saw this guy and heard him, I don’t think I would ever guess he was George Lucas’ son.

    • Devin Reed

      He’s adopted.

      • nohwanatoll

        So was Loki..

  • Jedi

    “It would be ridiculous to think that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t take advantage of Lucas’ knowledge for any questions relating to specific aspects of the universe.” Why would Abrams want to listen to a man who created a complex, interesting, sci-fi universe, then years later just came up with the first ideas to pop into his head and totally destroy his own mythology. Cases in point: medichlorians, Yoda using light saber, the totally fucked up character arch of young Anakin, could really do this all day. If Abrams is any kind of smart, he’ll stay as far away from Lucas as possible.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    We need a new start, with a new cast and a new story arc, the only one I would see coming back to this new trilogy is Mark Hamill. The others not so much.
    Fresh ideas and fresh talents, with John Williams music. the universe is wide enough
    And please, no more Midiclorians George. Enough is enough.

    • worthless jj scum

      IF you want fresh ideas, THEN JJ IS NOT ALLOWED! He ain’t got an original idea at all. He steals ideas and rips off other movies. HE IS A HACK!

  • LizLovesPOLLP

    Any way you look at it, these films are epic and such good fun. Can’t wait to see the new direction! Liz@POLLP

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  • tertiaryintervention

    So the J’s stand for Jar Jar? Lens flares and Ewoks. I can’t wait.

    • dracula

      jj stands for JEWISH JUVENILE, because that is what jj is, a shit head!

  • GO AWAY JJ

    LEAVE STAR WARS ALONE JJ, NO ONE WANTS YOU AROUND JJ! MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD MAKE JJ DISAPPEAR! HIS STAR TREK REMAKES ARE ABYSMAL, I DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO STAR WARS!

  • CatheyBarrett

    I wouldnt mind an extra income like this.. b­ℴ­w­6­.­c­o­m­

    • Mike

      Go die in a fire.

    • Mike

      Go die in a fire.

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  • disher was here

    if I was Lucas, I would be telling JJ hacky jacky abrams that his days are numbered and he will be murdered for what he did to star trek, by ruining star trek. Also jj will be murdered for what he is about to do to star wars, he is going to ruin star wars. He already ruined star wars by having his pathetic name associated with it.

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  • sam222

    way i see it is without lucas there be no star wars .however,last 3 movies showed he has nothing else to offer and did the right thing by selling his franchise and letting someone else give it a shot.
    i read some extended universe books and it shows that there are people out there with the vision to carry on the legacy.
    question though is JJ the man .

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