George Lucas isn’t as hands off as some may have expected in regards to the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” and the two other new films of the next trilogy.
Speaking with Flicks and the City, Lucas’ 20-year old son Jett Lucas says that his father actually spent about a year planning the franchise’s future before handing the reigns of Lucasfilm over to Disney.
“We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and researching, starting his whole little process. 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.”
He adds that the letting go of the franchise was tough for his father:
“I knew that he was very torn on the matter, he was like a kid who had turned 18 and was ready to leave the house. Every parent has wanted to let their children go but they want to hold on to you.”
Lucas is still serving as ‘creative consultant’ on the films, having set out ‘guidelines’ for the new film. He’s also more involved than we may have previously been led to believe:
“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.”
Finally, Jett has also been told the basics about what is to come in the new trilogy – confirming the focus is very much on new characters:
“I’m happy with what’s going to happen… I would like to see [Episodes VII-IX] following a new generation. I’m not saying that’s what happens, I’m saying that’s what I would like… because to me these movies are about the next generation as the prequels are about a new generation and the originals were for that generation… I think following a new generation and a new group of heroes and villains will – [pause] I think that’s the right move to make.”