New Details On George Lucas’ Abandoned Star Wars: Episode VII Project

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

The sale of Lucasfilm to Disney dropped as one of the biggest bombs of 2012, no one saw it coming. With the acquisition of the studio it was revealed that they would start immediate production on a new Star Wars trilogy and everyone everywhere cheered.

Before selling his company, George Lucas secretly spoke with the stars of the original trilogy about reprising their roles in a new film. As we reported the other day, he wrote up a treatment, and while he thought of producing a third trilogy himself, ultimately he decided to sell his company and passed on his work to Disney.

While speaking with Cinema Blend, Lucas revealed that none of those ideas were used, and his plan for a third trilogy seems to have been abandoned. Here’s what he said:

The ones [ideas] that I sold to Disney, they came to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].

This is the first time that what some of us suspected has been confirmed. The original screenplay was written by Michael Arndt, which was thought to be based on Lucas’ treatment, but he exited the project in October 2013. Lawrence Kasdan and director JJ Abrams took up screenwriting duties, and pushed the release date from May 2015 to December 2015. That sounded like what they were doing was more than just a rewrite of Arndt’s screenplay.

Take into account that Lucasfilm created a Story Group, which would oversee the broad stroke storytelling of the Star Wars universe, and they could have come up with a long term plan. Finally, Rian Johnson was hired to write the screenplay for Star Wars Episode VIII and the treatment for it, as well as Episode IX.

Add it all up, and it looked unlikely that Disney was following Lucas’ treatment — and you know what, that’s not a bad thing. Lucas is at his best when he’s world building, but at his weakest when he’s creating the story that lives in that world. The prequel trilogy almost killed my love for the space opera series and felt very inferior to what had come before, to say the least.

Before Lucas sold Lucasfilm, many fans believed that if they were running the show, that they would be able to make a superior Star Wars film. It looks like they got their wish, and with Abrams at the helm, soon we’ll all find out if they were right.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres in theaters December 18, 2015.

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