Over the last few months, fans have been wondering who will take over the new Star Wars films now that George Lucas’ role in the franchise has weakened. Well, friends, the merriment stops here because the “visionary” is not done visualizing yet.
Back in October, it was revealed that Disney had successfully acquired LucasFilm, the company behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones. At that time, the mastermind behind the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas, had reportedly stepped down from the throne, confirming that he would be involved with the upcoming film as nothing more than a “creative consultant.” This made a lot of fans happy, foras they felt that the legendary filmmaker had disappointed them far too many times.
However, the celebrations should now cease because— Lucas is not done with the franchise just yet.
In a five-part interview, the last of which has just surfaced, George Lucasthe filmmaker and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy sat down to discuss the future of the franchise. In the interview, Lucas initially talks about retirement and leaving things behind, all of which spells joy for the disgruntled fans.
However, Lucas then states, “I always said I’m not going to do anymore and I’m not going to do anymore but that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to turn it over to Kathy. I have story treatments of seven, eight, and nine, and a bunch of other movies and obviously we have hundreds of books and comics and everything you could possibly imagine.”
Almost, Charlie Brown,; almost.
Already showing his insistence on staying with the franchise, Lucas follows this up with, “I thought I’d move that treasure trove to Kathy.” If Lucas was referring to the hundreds of books and comics that he hasn’t worked on as a treasure trove, then that’s fine; if he wants to refer to his story treatments as such, that is depressing and bordering on delusional.
And, of course, it would be fantastic if Kennedy was not overly fond of Lucas’ ideals but, unfortunately, that is not the case. The president states, “I have a tremendous amount to learn from George, there’s things that I want to preserve within the spirit of this company and as it moves into Disney, I think it’s vitally important to anything we create that we hold on to the spirit of what started all this so that’s what I would say is really important to me.”
Strange, isn’t it, that she dares talk about preserving the spirit of something and learning from Lucas in the same sentence?
Kennedy also states, “Disney defines family entertainment and in many ways, it’s the best company possible to take Star Wars into the future.” Actually, Ms. Kennedy, Star Wars was already the future; the man you’re sitting next to, the man you hope to learn from, is the one who took that away.
The president then states, “It’s important that [Lucas] continued to be a little guardian angel on my shoulder” and describes Star Wars as “stories that come out of a world that is essentially in George’s head.” Actually, Ms. President, the world celebrated the day when we thought all those stories and ideas in Lucas’ head would stay in there forever; they are NOT Star Wars, at least not the one we loved and Lucas somehow created.
Kennedy then goes on to assert, “we are absolutely going to make more Star Wars movies” and states, “we’re sitting down with a couple of writers and we’re starting to discuss ideas and starting to talk about what those stories might be.”
Good grief, Charlie Brown, good grief.
At one point in the interview, Lucas says he has “complete confidence that [Kennedy’s] going to take [the Star Wars stories] and make great movies.” He also refers to her as the “perfect person” to take over the company, possibly because she is keen to follow in his footsteps; his franchise-wrecking, vision-reneging, fan-hurting footsteps.
Suddenly, the Lucas influence does not seem so gleefully far off, does it?