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.
“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: