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George Lucas was developing Star Wars: Episode VII for a year before selling Lucasfilm to Disney

Oct. 7, 2013by:

As we get closer and closer to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII going into production, many thank the Maker for how much further and further away George Lucas is getting from the Saga. I, for one, feel that Lucas should maintain a vested interest in the series. After all, he did create it. I am fine with him taking a hands off approach to the new trilogy, but we also know he will remain a creative consultant on the new films. So, just how involved is Lucas with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII? Just ask his son, Jett Lucas.

Mashable shared an interview with Lucas' son where he explains that his father had been working on EPISODE VII through IX for a year prior to the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. Does this mean that Lucas was intending to launch the trilogy himself before the sale became viable? or, was Lucas always intending to hand the new films over to someone younger? The question is an interesting one because Lucas conceived of the original trilogy as well as the prequels. The biggest difference between the films is that he let other writers and directors have input on EMPIRE and JEDI where the prequels were all George.

With J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, Simon Kinberg, and Lawrence Kasdan all working on the new trilogy and standalone films, George Lucas' brilliant outlines can be fleshed out and made much less cumbersome than the prequel films. But, Lucas will still be involved, just not directly:

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. Hes constantly talking to J.J. [Abrams, director of Episode VII]. Obviously J.J. was handpicked. He [Lucas] is there to guide, whenever, hell help where he can. At the same time, he wants to let it go and become its new generation.

I like Lucas being there but also that he is letting these filmmakers make the final decisions. Lucas never was able to veto himself so the prequels always felt overindulgent. I have faith that these new movies will maintain a better balance.

As for details on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and beyond, Jett did not reveal much beyond saying that he knows what his father outlined for the stories and that he is looking forward to the "new generation" of characters. Whether that means we are seeing the Solo and Skywalker children or not still remains unknown. We will likely have a longer wait to know what is to come.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII opens sometime in 2015.

Source: Mashable

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10:04PM on 10/07/2013
I think it's the ideal situation. The man comes up with the ideas, based on the world he's been building in his head for ages, and then passes them on to a different team to see it to completion. I think a lot of the problems people had with the prequel trilogy can be attributed to George Lucas not having anyone come up to him and say "maybe this isn't a great idea" or "maybe this line should be rewritten". He had carte blanche to do as he pleased and, in all fairness, he earned that - but the
I think it's the ideal situation. The man comes up with the ideas, based on the world he's been building in his head for ages, and then passes them on to a different team to see it to completion. I think a lot of the problems people had with the prequel trilogy can be attributed to George Lucas not having anyone come up to him and say "maybe this isn't a great idea" or "maybe this line should be rewritten". He had carte blanche to do as he pleased and, in all fairness, he earned that - but the films probably suffered for it.
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12:56AM on 10/08/2013
Lucas is a creative guy, he just cant direct worth a damn. The proof lies with the 2 best movies (IMO) in the franchise not being directed by him. My biggest problem with the prequels are the performances.For example there were moments where Natalie Portman's performance made me cringe. But look at Leon beforehand,Vendetta during and of course her winning the Oscar for Black Swan afterwards. The man is damn near incapable of getting good performances from his actors
Lucas is a creative guy, he just cant direct worth a damn. The proof lies with the 2 best movies (IMO) in the franchise not being directed by him. My biggest problem with the prequels are the performances.For example there were moments where Natalie Portman's performance made me cringe. But look at Leon beforehand,Vendetta during and of course her winning the Oscar for Black Swan afterwards. The man is damn near incapable of getting good performances from his actors
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9:49PM on 10/08/2013
Return of the Jedi was not better than A New Hope, not in your world or any others. Return of the Jedi can be argued to be one of the worst 2.
Return of the Jedi was not better than A New Hope, not in your world or any others. Return of the Jedi can be argued to be one of the worst 2.
11:18PM on 10/07/2013

Good; leave writing and directing to the pros!

He certainly can provide "a good yarn". His faults are in thinking that he's up to doing a good job writing a screenplay and - most especially - directing when he hires a bunch of Yes Men around him too afraid to disagree with his creation, nor provide input when it's obvious he's making a mistake.
He certainly can provide "a good yarn". His faults are in thinking that he's up to doing a good job writing a screenplay and - most especially - directing when he hires a bunch of Yes Men around him too afraid to disagree with his creation, nor provide input when it's obvious he's making a mistake.
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10:36PM on 10/07/2013
To this day I'm still surprised Lucas sold his company. I always had a theory that his over-protective control of Star Wars came from his experience with the Star Wars holiday special (of which he had little-to-no control). To be honest, if someone abused my creation that badly I'd probably react the same way. I'm fine with him still being involved in some capacity, much like Roddenberry was for Trek or Rowling will likely be for the new Potter-verse films.
To this day I'm still surprised Lucas sold his company. I always had a theory that his over-protective control of Star Wars came from his experience with the Star Wars holiday special (of which he had little-to-no control). To be honest, if someone abused my creation that badly I'd probably react the same way. I'm fine with him still being involved in some capacity, much like Roddenberry was for Trek or Rowling will likely be for the new Potter-verse films.
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9:30AM on 10/08/2013
He had little control over Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
He had little control over Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
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10:55PM on 10/07/2013

2016

Take it from me, this thing is being pushed into the Spring/Summer of 2016.
And you can take that to the bank!
Take it from me, this thing is being pushed into the Spring/Summer of 2016.
And you can take that to the bank!
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9:27AM on 10/08/2013
Just as long as JJ or anyone else on that team says "No" to bad writing or script ideas. That was the main problem to the prequels.
Just as long as JJ or anyone else on that team says "No" to bad writing or script ideas. That was the main problem to the prequels.
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9:12PM on 10/07/2013

a little weird?...

anyone else find it kind of weird that George Lucas' son compares "Star Wars" to George Lucas' child?
anyone else find it kind of weird that George Lucas' son compares "Star Wars" to George Lucas' child?
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9:58PM on 10/07/2013
Maybe it's a really cool brother.
Maybe it's a really cool brother.
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12:00AM on 10/09/2013
Best Star Wars flicks were the ones were Lucas stood back and let someone else write the screenplay and direct. Hell, best ANY MOVIE involving George Lucas are the films where he was just the idea man. The first three Indy flicks, for instance - though he did have a big role in "Doom", easily the worst of the originals. Keep him away from the day-to-day, the writing, and the actors (especially the actors, Jesus), and these new Star Wars movies should be great flicks.
Best Star Wars flicks were the ones were Lucas stood back and let someone else write the screenplay and direct. Hell, best ANY MOVIE involving George Lucas are the films where he was just the idea man. The first three Indy flicks, for instance - though he did have a big role in "Doom", easily the worst of the originals. Keep him away from the day-to-day, the writing, and the actors (especially the actors, Jesus), and these new Star Wars movies should be great flicks.
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1:10AM on 10/09/2013
Return of the Jedi was horrible, to say it was better than A New Hope is idiotic. People need to stop with this shit.
Return of the Jedi was horrible, to say it was better than A New Hope is idiotic. People need to stop with this shit.
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3:41PM on 10/08/2013

Control freak

Let go, George. Have you even really sat down and watched your horrible movies? The best Star Wars movies are the ones that you have the LEAST amount of involvement in...is that coincidence? I think not.
Let go, George. Have you even really sat down and watched your horrible movies? The best Star Wars movies are the ones that you have the LEAST amount of involvement in...is that coincidence? I think not.
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11:10AM on 10/08/2013

always in control

As long as George Lucas is around he will have creative input in the Star Wars Universe. Whether it be passive or othewise. This isn't just doing a movie, this is adding to someone's Life's work. Anyways. Just going on a rant.
As long as George Lucas is around he will have creative input in the Star Wars Universe. Whether it be passive or othewise. This isn't just doing a movie, this is adding to someone's Life's work. Anyways. Just going on a rant.
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11:48AM on 10/08/2013
I don't understand. He's been complaining about why should he make anymore Star Wars after the (well deserved) backlash from the prequels and it turns out that he was doing it anyway? Lucas has been ruining any project that he's involved with where he does anymore than the special effects and people think it's good that he's a consultant talking to JJ everyday??? Yeah, he created this series as well as others and they've been great. Now he should leave them alone as he's just been ruining them
I don't understand. He's been complaining about why should he make anymore Star Wars after the (well deserved) backlash from the prequels and it turns out that he was doing it anyway? Lucas has been ruining any project that he's involved with where he does anymore than the special effects and people think it's good that he's a consultant talking to JJ everyday??? Yeah, he created this series as well as others and they've been great. Now he should leave them alone as he's just been ruining them left and right for no reason!!!
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10:48PM on 10/07/2013
I just remember that, the farther George Lucas got from WB's THE CLONE WARS series, the better it was. So I'm fine with George Lucas taking a more hands-off approach with EPISODE VII: at least we'll no longer have pointless light saber duels, Jar Jar Binks and Truman Capote the Hutt.
I just remember that, the farther George Lucas got from WB's THE CLONE WARS series, the better it was. So I'm fine with George Lucas taking a more hands-off approach with EPISODE VII: at least we'll no longer have pointless light saber duels, Jar Jar Binks and Truman Capote the Hutt.
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12:58AM on 10/08/2013
leave the duels out of this. that is still my inner child's favorite thing from Star Wars
leave the duels out of this. that is still my inner child's favorite thing from Star Wars
8:10AM on 10/08/2013
Oh, the duels were great. It was just the fact that the writers had to work overtime to figure out how to end them because we knew both participants were going to survive. That kinda sucks the suspense out of a good fight scene.
Oh, the duels were great. It was just the fact that the writers had to work overtime to figure out how to end them because we knew both participants were going to survive. That kinda sucks the suspense out of a good fight scene.
10:05PM on 10/07/2013
Just deliver us another solid Star Wars film with a cool story and some awesome action scenes. Something the prequel trilogy was lacking greatly.
Just deliver us another solid Star Wars film with a cool story and some awesome action scenes. Something the prequel trilogy was lacking greatly.
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6:47AM on 10/08/2013

I may be in the minority here..

..But I am not afraid to admit that EPISODE III is my favorite.. So more Lucas is fine by me
..But I am not afraid to admit that EPISODE III is my favorite.. So more Lucas is fine by me
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11:33AM on 10/08/2013
I enjoyed everything except the Pademe scenes. I really like the interaction between Anakin and Palpatine, When I watch the dvd, I fast-forward to those scenes and the final battle.

And, of course . . . I could do without the "NOOOOOOO" part :-)
I enjoyed everything except the Pademe scenes. I really like the interaction between Anakin and Palpatine, When I watch the dvd, I fast-forward to those scenes and the final battle.

And, of course . . . I could do without the "NOOOOOOO" part :-)
12:04AM on 10/09/2013
If I had a newspaper, I would bop you gently on the nose and say, "No" in a commanding but smooth tone.
If I had a newspaper, I would bop you gently on the nose and say, "No" in a commanding but smooth tone.
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