It’s not easy to retire from a franchise that’s followed you for most of your life. George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and handed over the reigns to Kathleen Kennedy, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the game. Jett Lucas, George’s son, recently spoke with Flicks and the City and he discussed his father and the sequel trilogy.
Apparently, George started working on the new Star Wars films about a year before the Disney sale. From my fan perspective, I feel like the possibility of a sequel trilogy has been rattling around in his head for a while and that maybe if fans wouldn’t have been so harsh towards the prequels (I understand criticizing but that whole ruined my childhood stuff is preposterous), we would have got news of Episode VII sooner. Jett said his dad told him about researching and writing the new movies over a casual evening phone call.
He’s set guidelines for J.J. Abrams to work with. And even though Abrams was carefully chosen for the director’s seat, George is still available to chat. Jett says:
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.”
I think that situation means good things for fans. He’s not the writer or director, but George is there to give input about the galaxy he created. Other people get to take his stories and put them together. It worked well for The Clone Wars, and I hope it will for Episode VII.
Watch the full interview with Jett after the break.