George Lucas clarifies his Star Wars level of involvement

News Simon Brew 4 Dec 2012 - 07:15
Mr George Lucas

Just how much influence will George Lucas have over Star Wars: Episode VII? Not too much by the looks of it...

Aside from the identity of the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, perhaps the one remaining major question about the planned new Star Wars films is just how involved George Lucas is going to remain with the franchise. When Disney's deal to purchase Lucasfilm was announced, Lucas was confirmed as being in a consultant role, with reports being that he'd mapped out the story for a new series of films.

However, in a new interview with Access Hollywood, Lucas has seemingly confirmed that he's going to be taking a back seat on the new projects. "[If they ask] 'who's that guy' I can tell them", he said. "I mean, they have a hundred encyclopaedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say 'this is this and that is that'."

But aside from filling in details, how involved will he be? "Basically I'm not - I don't really have much to do", he confirmed.

That makes sense, too. Disney will want George Lucas on the end of a phone if they need him, but it seems pretty clear that it's keen to usher in a new era for Star Wars, one that makes a break with the films of old.

Here's the piece at Access Hollywood.

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good news. Some of the best star wars stuff since the original trilogy has been stuff that he's not been too involved with such as Knights of the Old Republic and the Force Unleashed games.

Hooray! If I was making the new films and knew he was on the other end of a phone, I'd take the mature route and call him only to make raspberry noises. Or maybe to tell him there'd be no CGI.

Mr Lucas, thank you for episodes 4,5 & 6. Now, the door is that way....!

This is only good news assuming Disney avoid touching the original saga's characters. Please no raising Vader from the grave!

I hope the director calls him up on day one of shooting Ep7 and says, "Hello? Mr Lucas? Yes, I just wanted to say that we have started shooting. What? No it's ok we dont want any of your spare green screens. We are shooting on set. Our first scene we have Han Solo shooting Jar Jar Binx in the face. What? Yes of course Han shot first."

Stay away George...put the franchise down and back away....
And give the Star Wars legacy to the true fans who know how to write the stuff other fans want....example?- Timothy Zahns "Heir to the Empire" stories....

While this is good news in terms of bringing freshness back to product, there aren't half some ungrateful f##kers on this board. Remember, if it hadn't been for Lucas, you wouldn't have Star Wars at all...

Very good news.

Good news everyone! (actually good news)

No Lucas? YES!!!

Well said! OK we all know Mr Lucas hasn't developed Star Wars into the greatest set of films of late (although they were all watchable let's be honest) but that one fact, that he gave the world the Star Wars universe, surely is enough to forgive anything he has done of late. No one person is perfect and will make perfect films their entire career. If you make one truly great film in your lifetime then that will be one more than 99.99% of the rest of us make.

The prequels were watchable for preteens and toddlers. Adults should b capable of admitting they liked the films even though thy were poorly made. The reason people have a problem with Lucas I because he had the hubris to think that he could some how write and direct a trilogy all by himself, then surrounded himself with yes men that were under his employ.

'Hold me like you did by the lake on Naboo, so long ago, when there was nothing but our love...'. Yeah, cheers George, don't call us, we'll call you

Good. Lucas is a total arse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"What? Yes of course Han shot first."

Hahahahaha!! I choked on my coffee reading this!

More than ever before, it's just about the money.

How do you get that from this story?

Exactly what else does George Lucas represent anymore except money?

But this story tells us that George is essentially out of the loop

Great read. I’m lookIng forward to see what Disney are gunna come with, I just hope they don’t destroy the franchise as it is a big part of some people’s lives.

As much as I want Star Wars to be fresh and new again, meaning George's hands not all over it, it would really be a travesty to not include him or seek his expertise in some form for the next films. Im not saying let him run anything, just out of respect to a man who brought us all this.

Episode 3 was better than Episode 6. At least ep3 tried.

Thank you! Finally I don't feel so alone in holding this opinion. You know how it's really hard to come out and admit something about yourself when it feels like you're the only one? Like with Tom Cruise?
Seriously though, I think you've got a point. You can tell with 'Sith that absolutely everyone is working their arses off to try and make something amazing, even if they're not wearing 'Blue harvest' T-shirts while they're doing it. Is it saddled with some truly atrocious dialogue? Yes it is. And we all know every word of it by heart. Let's come out of that closet, people. Let's not be all Tom Cruise about it.

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