George Lucas on new Star Wars, his own plans

News Simon Brew 5 Nov 2012 - 06:17
Mr George Lucas

Will George Lucas be involved in picking a new Star Wars director? And is he still planning to make films of his own?

The dust seems to finally be settling on the news that nearly caused the Internet to implode last week. We're talking about, of course, the revelation that Disney is buying Lucasfilm for just over $4bn (the bulk of which George Lucas is giving to education), and that new Star Wars movies are on the way.

We know that George Lucas has basically written a treatment for a new trilogy of Star Wars films, but, many wondered, where does his involvement stretch beyond that?

"I've turned it over to a wonderful producer, Kathy Kennedy, and I've known her for years", Lucas has again confirmed to EW. "She's more than capable of taking it and making it better than I did". He said all this in response to a question asking whether he'd be involved in choosing a director for the new movies.

It's unclear how close to the template Lucas has set out that Kennedy will have to stick, but that aside, it really does seem as though the new films will have little involvement at all from the bearded one.

He has reiterated, too, that he's not done with film making. He said that he's still planning "to make my own little personal film", although he's not said more than that at the moment. Whether those personal films get a wide release, or cost solid amounts of cash, we'll find out in due course.

For now, we know that Star Wars Episode VII is set for release in 2015. And we'd imagine a lot of writers and directors got their agents to put in calls about it last week...

EW.

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