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George Lucas has not discussed Star Wars: Episode VII with J.J. Abrams at all

06.18.2013

When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he was said to be staying involved somewhat with the STAR WARS legacy as a "creative consultant". Having written the treatments for the new trilogy, starting with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, Lucas would not be writing nor producing the films any longer. Many who despised the Prequels were ecstatic that Lucas would be no longer part of the creative process while others worried that without him Disney would run roughshod over the beloved series.

In a recent interview, Lucas was asked about his involvement with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and shared this tidbit:

I have not spoken to J.J. He’s been busy with Star Trek, and I’m sure that he’ll let me know when he’s got some questions. So, you know, that’s all going well. Kathy tells me it’s working out great.

So Lucas sounds like he plans to talk to J.J. Abrams at some point but is keeping himself out of the day to day. This doesn't mean that he hasn't spoken with screenwriters Michael Arndt but I would find it hard to believe he would have zero involvement. But, on the other hand Lucas has repeatedly said he is ready to step out of big movies and do something more independent. Could we truly be getting Lucas-free trilogy?

I am at once sad about this and excited. While multiple books, games, and comics have been made without direct involvement from Lucas, this is like a father letting go of his kid. I never wanted him to completely sever ties with Lucasfilm, but I cannot say whether it is a good or bad decision until we see what J.J. Abrams has in store.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is on track to begin filming in England at the start of 2014 for a release in 2015.

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2:01PM on 06/19/2013

Mesa lika dis!

Stay the fuck out of it he will, mmmhh?
Stay the fuck out of it he will, mmmhh?
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1:34PM on 06/19/2013

Okay, Let's Get Something Straight!!!

Lucas first created the magic of Star Wars, yes, but the only film he directed of the original three was A New Hope, the stories of the second two you should be mainly thanking Lawrence Kasdan, a proven master on such storytelling and his style is written all over those films, Lucas had the great idea of having a Western in space, with samurais. But I must, say the Revenge Of The Sith is the most overlooked Star Wars film ever, it is up there with A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, Return of
Lucas first created the magic of Star Wars, yes, but the only film he directed of the original three was A New Hope, the stories of the second two you should be mainly thanking Lawrence Kasdan, a proven master on such storytelling and his style is written all over those films, Lucas had the great idea of having a Western in space, with samurais. But I must, say the Revenge Of The Sith is the most overlooked Star Wars film ever, it is up there with A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi wasn't as great as the two before it, I mean cmon, Death Star 2, where is the originality or story in that?
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9:21AM on 06/19/2013
the best star wars properties are the ones with the least lucas involvement
the best star wars properties are the ones with the least lucas involvement
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8:53AM on 06/19/2013
Good.
There has been A LOT of good Star Wars material since 1982, and none of it was written by Lucas.
Good.
There has been A LOT of good Star Wars material since 1982, and none of it was written by Lucas.
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8:54AM on 06/19/2013
And if you want to get technical, he didn't write or direct Empire or Return. So really, 1977 was the last good Star Wars thing that George Lucas had full say on.
And if you want to get technical, he didn't write or direct Empire or Return. So really, 1977 was the last good Star Wars thing that George Lucas had full say on.
12:11AM on 06/19/2013
JEEZ Lucas...if I were him I would be talking to JJ Abrams as soon as he starts working on the new Star Wars...I really dont want the new Star WArs to be void of the good things Lucas and Company put into it...I mean JJ Abrams has done a great job with Star Trek (because he isnt a fan , it kind of shows) but I hope he does a better job with Star Wars and gives the fans what they want, while creating something original ...I think at the most Lucas needs to talk about the whole Star WArs universe
JEEZ Lucas...if I were him I would be talking to JJ Abrams as soon as he starts working on the new Star Wars...I really dont want the new Star WArs to be void of the good things Lucas and Company put into it...I mean JJ Abrams has done a great job with Star Trek (because he isnt a fan , it kind of shows) but I hope he does a better job with Star Wars and gives the fans what they want, while creating something original ...I think at the most Lucas needs to talk about the whole Star WArs universe and charaters, so that JJ Abrams has a good frame of reference.
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1:27PM on 06/19/2013
Well, JJ is a huge Star Wars fan, unlike Star Trek, I actually just met him a few weeks ago buying star wars shit at my comic shop. It was just me and him in there, it was pretty cool talking to him and seeing how excited he was about doing the new film.
Well, JJ is a huge Star Wars fan, unlike Star Trek, I actually just met him a few weeks ago buying star wars shit at my comic shop. It was just me and him in there, it was pretty cool talking to him and seeing how excited he was about doing the new film.
10:38PM on 06/18/2013

You know what....

I hope Lucas is involved. I loved the original trilogy and I loved the prequel trilogy. Thank you George Lucas.
I hope Lucas is involved. I loved the original trilogy and I loved the prequel trilogy. Thank you George Lucas.
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9:55PM on 06/18/2013
That's such a great picture, the passing of the torch. I can't imagine how excited (and nervous) JJ Abrams must feel as a mega-fan taking the reins to a franchise of such scale. It's fun to mock George Lucas but come on, let's move past that. The franchise is headed in a new direction and in terms of the "ruining of childhood memories" department, stuff like Transformers has the prequels and Indy 4 beat.
That's such a great picture, the passing of the torch. I can't imagine how excited (and nervous) JJ Abrams must feel as a mega-fan taking the reins to a franchise of such scale. It's fun to mock George Lucas but come on, let's move past that. The franchise is headed in a new direction and in terms of the "ruining of childhood memories" department, stuff like Transformers has the prequels and Indy 4 beat.
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9:01PM on 06/18/2013
Good , keep him as far away from this trilogy as possible. Yes George we thank you for the original trilogy, but you fucked us all over with the prequels and that Crystal Skull abomination. Stay retired and bathe in luxury with your billions.
Good , keep him as far away from this trilogy as possible. Yes George we thank you for the original trilogy, but you fucked us all over with the prequels and that Crystal Skull abomination. Stay retired and bathe in luxury with your billions.
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8:55AM on 06/19/2013
Agreed.
Agreed.
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8:07PM on 06/18/2013
I love all you fanboys bagging Lucas. You are aware these movies would not exist without him. I will forever be in debt to this man. He brought me the greatest series of films ever produced. Yes, even the prequels. They may not be great, but they're still star wars and better than most movies around today.
I love all you fanboys bagging Lucas. You are aware these movies would not exist without him. I will forever be in debt to this man. He brought me the greatest series of films ever produced. Yes, even the prequels. They may not be great, but they're still star wars and better than most movies around today.
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7:17PM on 06/18/2013
I can Respect Lucas for all that he has given us. I think his good overweighs most of the bad in his career.
I can Respect Lucas for all that he has given us. I think his good overweighs most of the bad in his career.
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6:46PM on 06/18/2013
The man made A New Hope, The Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back and this is how you treat him!? "The man has no business making movies" ?? Damn.
The man made A New Hope, The Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back and this is how you treat him!? "The man has no business making movies" ?? Damn.
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8:56AM on 06/19/2013
He really only made "A New Hope." "Empire" and "Return" were written and directed by other people. Lucas is an idea man, and a good one, but a filmmaker he ain't.
He really only made "A New Hope." "Empire" and "Return" were written and directed by other people. Lucas is an idea man, and a good one, but a filmmaker he ain't.
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6:06PM on 06/18/2013
Ditto all the "Good!" comments.
Ditto all the "Good!" comments.
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5:38PM on 06/18/2013
Lets keep it that way.
Lets keep it that way.
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5:28PM on 06/18/2013
I think Lucas has some great ideas, but when it comes to the specifics of a screenplay and directing the film he falls flat. I think having him give an overall idea of the story and then letting someone else write it is the best course of action.
I think Lucas has some great ideas, but when it comes to the specifics of a screenplay and directing the film he falls flat. I think having him give an overall idea of the story and then letting someone else write it is the best course of action.
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4:54PM on 06/18/2013

J.J. shouldn't ask Lucas a damn thing!!!!!!

Lucas shouldn't have any involvement!
Lucas shouldn't have any involvement!
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4:51PM on 06/18/2013

Good.

Keep him the fuck away from it. He has spent the better part of the last two decades proving that he has no fucking business making movies.

Episodes I-III were largely horrendous, he was essentially the reason Indy and the Crystal Skull sucked (he delayed production for years by refusing every script the others liked until he finally approved one with a fridge as acceptable protection from a nuclear blast and a greaser swinging on vines like and with a troop of monkeys) and Red Tails was
Keep him the fuck away from it. He has spent the better part of the last two decades proving that he has no fucking business making movies.

Episodes I-III were largely horrendous, he was essentially the reason Indy and the Crystal Skull sucked (he delayed production for years by refusing every script the others liked until he finally approved one with a fridge as acceptable protection from a nuclear blast and a greaser swinging on vines like and with a troop of monkeys) and Red Tails was more totally trite and cliche' nonsense that no one even went to see. Go. Away.
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7:02PM on 06/18/2013
So Kingdom was all his fault uh? I'm pretty sure I remember that Ford, Speilberg, and himself had to agree on the script. I think the director should take most of the heat for that one...
So Kingdom was all his fault uh? I'm pretty sure I remember that Ford, Speilberg, and himself had to agree on the script. I think the director should take most of the heat for that one...
4:31PM on 06/18/2013
The story is based on his outline. It's still coming from the brain of Lucas. Let's not say that he's not involved in this.
The story is based on his outline. It's still coming from the brain of Lucas. Let's not say that he's not involved in this.
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4:47PM on 06/18/2013
How do you know this? Do you have any proof of this since it was announced that Abrams was directing?
How do you know this? Do you have any proof of this since it was announced that Abrams was directing?
6:02AM on 06/19/2013
@thatoneguy, you are forgetting that Lucas financed the prequels himself using his own money. He sold the rights to Disney so that the sequels could get made. One of the conditions had to be that Lucas would get story credits on the sequels. Keep in mind that they announced not one but three movies. Michael Arndt and J.J.Abrams have a moral obligation to stick to Lucas' vision. It would be extremely arrogant and ungrateful for them to ignore Lucas' treatment. Really, I doubt if they would
@thatoneguy, you are forgetting that Lucas financed the prequels himself using his own money. He sold the rights to Disney so that the sequels could get made. One of the conditions had to be that Lucas would get story credits on the sequels. Keep in mind that they announced not one but three movies. Michael Arndt and J.J.Abrams have a moral obligation to stick to Lucas' vision. It would be extremely arrogant and ungrateful for them to ignore Lucas' treatment. Really, I doubt if they would scrap everything and do their own thing after Disney paid billions for Lucas' treatment and the rights to make it.
1:38PM on 06/19/2013
I didn't forget anything. Sticking with someone's vision (as you put it) and using their story outline are two very different things. I asked for recent, absolute proof that they are using an outline written by Lucas. Everything I've ever seen about it (including your comment) is speculation at best. So until they make an announcement that mentions the script was based on an outline by Lucas, I'm going to believe otherwise.

And whether you choose to believe it or not, they have absolutely
I didn't forget anything. Sticking with someone's vision (as you put it) and using their story outline are two very different things. I asked for recent, absolute proof that they are using an outline written by Lucas. Everything I've ever seen about it (including your comment) is speculation at best. So until they make an announcement that mentions the script was based on an outline by Lucas, I'm going to believe otherwise.

And whether you choose to believe it or not, they have absolutely zero obligation to George Lucas or his "vision". Lucas lost whatever power he had in the franchise when he sold the company. They can take his advice, but they are in no way required to use it.
10:35AM on 06/20/2013
The fact that they are still talking about three movies coming out in 2015, 2017 and 2019 is not proof that they are still following Lucas' outline?
The fact that they are still talking about three movies coming out in 2015, 2017 and 2019 is not proof that they are still following Lucas' outline?
3:58PM on 06/18/2013

Why is this news?

I saw a similarly leading headline on another site, meant to bait readers into thinking there's a rift between JJ and Lucas. I assumed this would catch on, with other sites one-upping each other until someone inevitably reports that "JJ Takes Call from and Hangs Up on Lucas: 'We Don't Need You'." All based on a seemingly casual answer from Lucas. Alas, all that's really revealed here is that he hasn't YET spoken with JJ.
I saw a similarly leading headline on another site, meant to bait readers into thinking there's a rift between JJ and Lucas. I assumed this would catch on, with other sites one-upping each other until someone inevitably reports that "JJ Takes Call from and Hangs Up on Lucas: 'We Don't Need You'." All based on a seemingly casual answer from Lucas. Alas, all that's really revealed here is that he hasn't YET spoken with JJ.
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3:54PM on 06/18/2013
Music to my ears!
Music to my ears!
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3:34PM on 06/18/2013

Good!

I feel better now!
I feel better now!
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3:23PM on 06/18/2013
Why do I get the feeling that that is a good thing?
Why do I get the feeling that that is a good thing?
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3:22PM on 06/18/2013
Let's keep it that way
Let's keep it that way
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