George Lucas On ‘Star Wars': Disney Didn’t Use My Ideas For New Movies
George Lucas told Cinema Blend in an interview posted yesterday that when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, along with the company came some of his ideas for a new Star Wars trilogy. But it sounds like none of them will be part of the new Star Wars universe of movies that Disney will roll out beginning with the seventh installment, the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set to hit theaters December 18.
Lucas told Cinema Blend when asked about some of those ideas, he responded: “Well, the ones that I sold to Disney and everything, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. It’s not the ones that I originally wrote.”
I’m as much of a Star Wars fan as the next guy — being in my 40s it was right in my young-boy wheelhouse when the first pic came out. But let’s be honest: Lucas nearly killed the golden goose with second three installments of the saga and the Ewoks-heavy Return Of The Jedi was already suspect. They were rough enough that it put a lid on 3D-conversion plans for the franchise that otherwise would have made a mint. Then Disney bought Lucas’ Lucasfilm for $4 billion-plus — and apparently told Lucas thanks much, we’ll take it from here.
So should fans be bummed about Lucas being essentially shut out of his own creation or kinda OK with it?