George Lucas Spent A Year Developing The Future Of STAR WARS Before Selling It All

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george lucas star warsWe’re getting very close to that magical date when JJ Abrams starts production on Star Wars: Episode VII. As we inch closer to production starting, we’re *hopefully* going to start hearing more and more news about the story and the cast. Abrams is known for his mystery box approach to film making, but he’ll have to let a few details out…Won’t he? While not strictly Abrams Star Wars related news, George Lucas‘ son Jett revealed that his father started developing Star Wars VII through XI for a year prior to the sale of Lucasfilm to the Disney empire.

Speaking with Mashable (via JoBlo), Jett Lucas revealed that his father had spent a lot of time working on the ideas behind episodes VII through IX before the big Disney deal. While the younger Lucas doesn’t say whether his father had planned on doing the new trilogy himself if he wouldn’t have sold, it seems some of Lucas‘ outlines may be fleshed out by Abrams and writers Michael Arndt, Simon Kinberg, and Lawrence Kasdan. The elder Lucas will take a hands off approach but still stay aboard as a creative consultant, as we already knew. Jett Lucas touched on the consultant position:

Asked if Lucas was keeping a watchful eye over what happens next with Star Wars, he replied: “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.”

The younger Lucas wouldn’t say much more about the future of Star Wars or what his father has told him other than he’s looking forward to seeing the “next generation” of characters. That Lucas outlined the trilogy and handed it off to the new team is a great sign. That’s essentially what happened with Empire and Jedi. The prequels were 100% George Lucas with nobody else involved with his vision. I don’t think we need to say much more about that and what it could mean for Episode VII. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few years. What do you think about Jett Lucas‘ comments?


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Source : JoBlo