– by Seth McDonald

In the five years since Disney purchased Lucasfilm for over $4 billion dollars, the studio has had success with the movies they have produced. The production on those films had issues from time to time, but things always worked out by the time the films were released.

Actor Mark Hamill, who arguably plays the most iconic character in the Star Wars films in Jedi Master Luke Skywalker recently spoke with Metro, and gave his thoughts on Disney refusing the influence of George Lucas on the new trilogy.

“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done. But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.”

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I am sure Disney has a great deal of respect for Lucas, and what he created, but with the mixed reactions of the prequel trilogy, Disney didn’t want to take any chances.

I have also read that Disney wasn’t very keen on the direction Lucas’ treatment took the franchise. They had just spent an insane amount of money buying these properties and had to be sure they could lay the groundwork for a plethora of future films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost here folks, we are really looking at just two more days, once today is over, and since today is already here, I don’t count it.

Would you rather Disney allowed George Lucas to influence the new films? Let us know in the comment down below!

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Source: Metro

  • Kratos

    i bet ol’ george would sell a few copies if he were ever allowed to actually write a book or 2 expanding on his “outline” of what would have happened with the OT characters post RotJ. i’d probably buy it.

  • Hervoyel

    Would I rather Disney allowed George Lucas to influence the new films? Without knowing what that influence might be it’s hard to say. The prequels didn’t exactly fill me with confidence that George still knew how to tell a story to be honest.

    • agooseontheloose

      George Lucas knows how to tell a story, he just doesn’t know how to direct it and script it for the big screen.

      • Hervoyel

        It sounds to me like he knows how to make up a story, not tell one “on the big screen” anymore.

  • David E

    Considering Lucas’s track record. How about No Mark…No.

  • Wild Dreams

    After his last run I think Disney made the right move. I love Star Wars but I’ll never forgive George for Jar Jar !!!!

  • Moby85

    If there’s one consistent about the early responses to The Last Jedi it’s “unpredictable”. When you combine that with Mark Hamill saying he hated originally what they were doing with Luke…Well, put two-and-two together here folks. This iteration of Luke is likely to be very different than what we expected. For better or worse.

  • noahwayne0

    As far as I’m concerned, Star Wars ended when Lucas was no longer involved.

    These new movies are like a cover band playing the greatest hits. They feel too familiar, too safe – and to me, that is boring.

    I’m no fan of the prequels outside of Revenge of the Sith which is decent, and I don’t think Lucas is a particularly good director. However, he is a good idea man. Say what you will, but at least his films felt original and unpredictable.

    I don’t want fan service and easter eggs – I want originality and interesting storytelling, something Disney hasn’t proved it can provide.

    • Mad Barchetta

      Gonna disagree with you here, mostly. We agree that Lucas at least WAS a good idea man, but I think “IS a good idea man” may no longer be accurate. He had lots of original ideals with the original trilogy, but I think he either tried to hard to make the prequels match the originals, beat for beat, or he just had too limited a vision by that point. I think I read somewhere that he wanted the two trilogies to echo one another, so it seems it was intentional. I disagree with that creative choice, because it made them predictable. We also agree that Lucas is a pretty lousy director of actors, and I’ll add that he’s rather poor at writing dialogue. I think his visual directing skills are easily on par with the likes of Zack Snyder, Cameron, and Bay.

      Meanwhile, I’m not sure what you mean exactly by “these movies.” As far at the core story, the only one released so far is TFA. Unless you have connections that I don’t, I expect you haven’t seen The Last Jedi (TLJ) and can’t really critique it yet.

      If you include Rogue One, then we’re going to disagree again. While, I understand the criticisms of lack of originality in TFA and mostly agree, I found it much more enjoyable than the poorly written prequels, despite its shortcomings. I found Rogue One to be highly original and a very solid entry, although i really didn’t enjoy it as many people seem to have. I can’t knock it for lack of originality, though. Been nearly twenty years since I saw something as original from Lucas.

  • Israel

    But Disney did use Lucas guidance: The Forces Awakens is an almost carbon copy of A New Hope.

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  • Mad Barchetta

    Is it me, or has Mark seemed more than a little pissy about this movie. Seems like every time i see a headline, it’s about him expressing some sort of displeasure about some aspect of the movie. He does understand that the studio rather wants him to build it up during these little press junkets, rather than criticize it.

    Frankly, I suspect that “advice and guidance” from Lucas is more likely to turn out to be attempts to control the production by him. I get it. This universe of characters is his baby and it makes sense that he’d want to make sure “things are done right.” But I think his involvement could stifle creativity in his efforts to make sure everything fits his own vision.

    Sounds like Hamill is experiencing the same thing. He feels a sense of ownership over the character of Luke and is processing his feelings about the story not going as he would like it to have. Well, sorry Mark, but you’ve had better than 30 years to write your own script. If you didn’t do that, then you’re going to have to deal with them using someone else’s. Deal with it. Promote the movie. Do your public kvetching later, after the dust has settled.

  • J-man The Great

    Perhaps Disney would have asked for Lucas’ help if Episodes I – III didn’t epically suck as bad as they did!