Details On When George Lucas Started Writing 'Episode VII' And His Role On The New Films
Some people had assumed that George Lucas began writing the third Star Wars trilogy to serve as an additional incentive when selling his company to Disney. Sort of the way folks will do some landscaping to their house for the sole purpose of increasing the value when they sell it. According to George's son Jett, in an interview with Flicks and the City, Lucas had began writing the story a full year before the Disney deal even became a possibility.
“We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and researching, starting his whole little process . . .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.”
Jett goes on in the interview to share how his father feels about handing over control of his life's work to a new group of people, and specifically JJ Abrams.
“ . . . yeah, as any parent watching their kid going to college would. He’s constantly talking to JJ. Obviously JJ 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.”
As far as what exactly that "talking" and "guiding" of JJ involves, George Lucas himself downplays any active role in the production and likens it to a historical consultant for the Star Wars universe.
“[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.”
I know alot of people loathe Lucas and blame him for ruining his own legacy. I always thought that was a little unfair. I believe he never lost his amazing imagination and vision for his creation, but he needs others to help realize it. I freely admit that Lucas can't write dialogue to save his life and goes on some strange tangents as a director, but as a visionary laying the groundwork for everyone else I continue to think he is a perfect fit.
I may be sounding naive here, but I will take these quotes and imagine that Lucas began writing a third trilogy not to make money or sell off, but because he wanted to revisit his creation from over 40 yrs ago. I really like the idea that he stared making this story with the idea he was the only one who would ever see it. I wish I could be cynical and protect myself from potential disappointment like it appears many of you have, but I can't help myself. It's Star Wars and I'm excited!
So what do you guys think? Is this just more spin? Would you want Lucas more or less involved in the production than it appears he is? Can you allow yourself to still be excited for Star Wars? You can watch the entire Jett Lucas interview in the video below and then let your voices be heard in the comments!