Who Almost Helmed The “Star Wars” Prequels

The “Star Wars” prequel trilogy has suffered many a critical attack over the years, a big part of that being due to not only George Lucas’ writing but his direction of all three films – the latter taking proven great actors like Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and making them deliver performances that are never talked about as their best work.

At one time though, it seems Lucas didn’t want to direct the films and spoke with several major directors about the possibility. Out doing promotion for his period whaling drama “In the Heart of the Sea,” filmmaker Ron Howard revealed to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was one of at least three directors contacted about the possibility:

“He [Lucas] didn’t necessarily want to direct them. He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the same thing: ‘George, you should do it’ I don’t think anybody wanted to follow-up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”

Lucas came up with ideas for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as well but revealed the other week Disney didn’t want to implement any of those in the film and essentially scrapped everything he had done to start afresh.