It’s been about a year since the Disney shocked the world, or movie geeks at least, by purchasing LucasFilm. Immediately after that staggering news, the studio announced that they would begin development on a brand new Star Wars trilogy with J.J. Abrams at the helm of the Episode VII. But it now seems that George Lucas already had it in his plans to give us new Star Wars films. His son, Jett, revealed in a recent interview that Lucas was already working on new episodes long before the Disney deal even came about.
Jett Lucas told Flicks and the City [via Collider] that a year before the Disney deal happened, Lucas had started writing and researching, doing “his whole little process” (which apparently made him really happy because Lucas is “happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.” Jett also mentioned that Lucas was unsure about giving his baby to someone else (which is very understandable). Jett Lucas described it as “any parent watching their kid going to college would.”
Jett also revealed some information as to how Lucas and Abrams are collaborating on the new episode.
“He’s [Lucas] constantly talking to J.J. [Abrams]. Obviously J.J. was handpicked. He [Lucas] is there to guide, whenever, he’ll help where he can. At the same time, he wants to let it go and become its new generation.”
Though it might sometimes seem like Lucas may be doing more than guiding Abrams, it really feels like Lucas’ role in the whole thing is more of a human encyclopedia. He personally explained his consultant role as:
“[If the filmmakers ask], ‘Who’s this guy? I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.’ Basically I’m not – I don’t really have much to do.”
Honestly, Abrams is really lucky to have the creator of Star Wars on his team. If he’s ever confused of what shape or color a certain weapon was, or whatever, he can just call Lucas and problem solved. We highly doubt he’s there telling Abrams what to write. Here’s the video interview with Jett Lucas:
How do you feel about Lucas’ role in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy?