Lucas Met With Writers About Star Wars 7 Before Disney Sale

Months before Tuesday’s announcement that Disney will acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, George Lucas and his co-chair Kathleen Kennedy began meeting with well-known screenwriters to pitch ideas for Star Wars Episode 7, the Los Angeles Times reports. Talks with Disney had been under way for about a year and a half.

According to the newspaper’s anonymous source, those ideas were for an original story, and not for an adaptation of any existing Star Wars novels. That assertion supports Wednesday’s report dismissing the possibility that the new live-action movies would be based on Timothy Zahn’s bestselling Thrawn Trilogy (aka Heirs to the Empire). Those books, published from 1991 to 1993, are set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and feature most of the central characters of the original movie trilogy while introducing the popular Mara Jade.

Mark Hamill also revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he and Carrie Fisher met Lucas for lunch in August, where they were surprised to learn of his plans for a new trilogy.

“I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases,” Hamill said. “So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs] I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We’ll see.”

Under the terms of the Disney deal, Kennedy will become president of Lucasfilm, serving as brand manager of the Star Wars franchise and executive producer of the new films, which begin in 2015. Subsequent installments will be released every two to three years after that. Lucas, who announced his retirement in June, will act as creative consultant.

Although the 68-year-old filmmaker said Tuesday that “I’m investing in Disney, that’s my retirement fund,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Lucas will put most of the money from the sale in a foundation that focuses primarily on educational issues.

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  • Yetti

    Dear Disney and LucasFilm,

    Congratulations! You now possess the power of the force and with it comes a great deal of responsibility. So here’s what you’re going to do:

    STEP 1 – you’re going to set the new films (Episode 7, 8 and 9) 30 years after episode 6 (Jedi) and you’re going to have the FULL original cast back playing themselves as older people. DID YOU HEAR ME? You are going to cast Harrison Ford as Han Freaking solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Billy Dee Williams as Lando and even Denis Lawson back as Wedge Antilles. HERE’S THE CATCH: THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE THE MAIN CHARACTERS. They are older now and you can use them as side characters revolving around NEW lead characters. We don’t care what new characters take over leading roles but you HAVE to bring back the old cast for this all to be LEGIT and to come FULL circle. PLEASE don’t cast new actors in these roles and don’t CGI faces to make them look like the actors 30 years ago (Like in Tron Legacy) PLEASE!!! You can even kill them off in the first scene, just don’t replace them.

    STEP 2 – DON’T LISTEN TO ANYTHING GEORGE LUCAS SAYS! You paid him $4 Billion so tell him to shut up take his money and go make Radioland Murders Part 2! Put somebody in charge of directing who knows what we want. WE WANT EMPIRE STRIKES BACK ON CRACK. That means ACTING, ACTING, ACTING, ACTING, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, DRAMA, DEATH!!!!!

    STEP 3 – Whatever you did to make AVENGERS as good as it was, do the same for STAR WARS! I feel the force is strong with you and your company can pull this off. The prequels were the worst films EVER MADE! They showed us just how evil the dark side of the force can be when it seduced George Lucas and took over his ability to distinguish right from wrong! Please redeem the Star Wars Universe. DO OR DO NOT…THERE IS NO TRY

    Sincerely,

    Geeks

  • gitmoguest

    THIS^^^^^^^. Couldn’t have said it better myself.