When Star Wars creator George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he also gave them an outline for a new sequel trilogy. We know of course, that Lucas’ ideas were completely abandoned by Disney in favour of a brand new story devised by JJ Abrams, director of 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Fans have often wondered just what Lucas’ plans would have entailed, after all, as Star Wars fan’s we were curious if nothing else. Now we have a small glimpse into the mind of Lucas and his sequel plans courtesy of a companion book to James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction series on AMC. In it, there are two small paragraphs from George Lucas , which give some insight into his ideas. Here is the tweet showing a photo of the book shared by Livio Ramondelli.
As far as I've seen, these are the first specifics George Lucas has shared about what his vision of Episodes 7-9 would have been. This comes from @insighteditions awesome companion book to "James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction series" on AMC: pic.twitter.com/Wtlw8zlrqv
— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
Interesting to say the least, the microbiotic side of things is unlikely the dream many fans had for a Star Wars sequel. However, it does tie in with certain ideas within the series. The Journal of the Whills is something most old school Star Wars fans will have heard of from the original opening crawl. This was supposedly the overarching story from which Star Wars was but a small part. Lucas referred to it several times even before work began on The Phantom Menace in the 90’s. It also ties into Midichlorians and because of that I assume Lucas is correct when he says most fans would have hated it.
Personally I would need to see more before making any kind of judgement, Lucas’ overall ideas for the prequel trilogy were never the problem. For me it was the execution of basic filmmaking principles that were way off the mark. Over reliance on CGI, poor dialogue and character development, and plain bad directing along with a very immature tone were the primary faults.
I’m certainly not one of those fans that wishes Lucas had made the sequel trilogy himself. However, I do feel Disney should not have been as quick to abandon his overall story arc. Lucas isn’t a great director, nor a great screenwriter, but his imagination for concepts is up there with the best of them. This is the man who invented Star Wars and Indiana Jones, surely they should have tried to engage him as a consultant, whilst not giving him final say on everything?
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