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George Lucas was Working on New Star Wars Films Proir to the Disney Purchase; “Constantly Talking to J.J. Abrams”

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 9:33 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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It’s been about a year since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced the Star Wars sequel trilogy was underway.  There was the assumption that Disney’s purchase had been the catalyst for the new trilogy, but a recent interview with George Lucas’ son, Jett, reveals his father had already started work on new episodes.  “We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and researching, starting his whole little process,” Jett Lucas told Flicks and the City.  “About a year later was when the idea of selling to Disney came up…It’s nice because he’s happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.”

Jett Lucas tells Flicks and the City [via Mashable] that his father was understandably ambivalent about handing the reigns over to someone else:

“yeah, as any parent watching their kid going to college would. He’s constantly talking to J.J. [Abrams, director of Episode VII]. 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.”

Before fans start freaking out and trying to discern what “constantly talking” means, here’s how George Lucas previously described his role in the production:

“[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.”

It would be silly for J.J. Abrams to not take advantage of Lucas’ knowledge for any questions relating to specific aspects of the universe. Haters are probably afraid of a puppet master situation with Lucas manipulating Abrams behind he scenes, but I don’t sense a great conspiracy here.  I’m assuming it’s a collaborative process, and Lucas’ voice isn’t the only one being heard.

Here’s the video of the interview with Jett Lucas:

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