George Lucas Elaborates on his Specific Involvement on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

For someone who supposedly is retired from the franchise, George Lucas’ name is popping up alot lately when it comes to Star Wars.

In an interview with Cinemablend, George Lucas was asked what his original ideas were for Episode 7 and the rest of the trilogy. The main quote to focus on is this:

The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].

Essentially, when Lucas sold the franchise to Disney he also gave screenwriter Michael Arndt his outlines and Arndt began adapting from there. When J.J. Abrams came aboard and didn’t like the direction the film was going, they got rid of Arndt and Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties and began production on the next installment of a story in a galaxy far, far away.

While it’s admirable that Lucas wanted to center the film around the next generation and have the old guard relegated to background and cameo work, Star Wars needs as much good will as it can scrape up after the bad taste the Prequel Trilogy left in a lot of fan’s mouths. Putting fan favorites like Luke, Han and Leia at the forefront alongside the newer characters is, I feel, the best way to go. You bring back the old fans while still targteing the new audience as well.And hey, you can always put all new stars in the upcoming spinoff movies.

It seems that J.J. And crew are putting together something really special. The Force Awakens looks to appeal to the hardcore Original Trilogy fans that have been there since the beginning, as well as a whole new generation of Star Wars fans.

What do you think about the Grand Master’s ideas not being included in the future of Star Wars? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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