George Lucas ex-wife Marcia Lucas lays into Star Wars sequel trilogy and both Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams in a new statement. Marcia Lucas was married to George when he made Star Wars and she was editor on that movie, winning the Oscar for her work. The couple divorced, but Marcia still worked on Empire (uncredited) and then again on Jedi. Marcia Lucas has also worked on some great movies outside of Star Wars across the years as well.
The Oscar-winning film editor spoke at length against the sequel trilogy in JW Rinzler’s Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life, so let’s read what she had to so before I make any comment.
“I like Kathleen. I always liked her. She was full of beans. She was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman. And I liked her husband, Frank. I liked them a lot. Now that she’s running Lucasfilm and making movies, it seems to me that Kathy Kennedy and J.J. Abrams don’t have a clue about Star Wars,” an excerpt of the book reads. “They don’t get it. And JJ Abrams is writing these stories — when I saw that movie where they kill Han Solo, I was furious. I was furious when they killed Han Solo. Absolutely, positively there was no rhyme or reason to it. I thought, You don’t get the Jedi story. You don’t get the magic of Star Wars. You’re getting rid of Han Solo?”
Anyone who reads LRM regularly knows I have never been a fan of Abrams and I blame Kennedy for choosing him in the first place. Abrams should never have been anywhere near Star Wars as he’s simply not good enough. I don’t know why (outside of Fringe) he gets the reputation he does. However, I honestly don’t see the issue with killing Han Solo. It’s rumored that Harrison Ford only agreed to make the movie if his character was killed. Though, whether there is any truth to that is unknown for now, so don’t quote me.
“They have Luke disintegrate, they killed Han Solo, they killed Luke Skywalker, and they don’t have Princess Leia anymore, and they’re spitting out movies every year,” the retired filmmaker added. “And they think it’s important to appeal to a woman’s audience, so now their main character is this female, who’s supposed to have Jedi powers, but we don’t know how she got Jedi powers, or who she is. It sucks. The storylines are terrible. Just terrible. Awful. You can quote me…JJ Abrams, Kathy Kennedy — talk to me.'”
Again, whilst I agree with the line “The storylines are terrible”, I’m not sure I agree with the detail’s behind it.
Truth is a a lot of fans were disappointed in those sequel trilogy movies, others were not. For those that were, they cannot always agree on what it was that was bad about the movies. One thing is for sure, there are very few fans who consider The Rise of Skywalker a good movie or a good conclusion to the Skywalker story.
What do you think of her comments as Marcia Lucas lays into Star Wars sequel trilogy? Thoughts below.