The Internet is still close to meltdown with the news that Star Wars Episode’s 7, 8 and 9 are on their way thanks to a deal struck between Disney and Lucasfilm worth $4 billion. Now that we know the sequels are coming, it is time to begin wondering just what the new films have in store for us. Thankfully we do have a taste of what might come of the next three films, which will all be original stories and expanded from the fan-celebrated books.
The Wrap caught up with Dale Pollock, author of the unauthorized ‘Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas’. The writer has interviewed Lucas over eighty times, and was even allowed to see what Lucas had planned for his twelve-part Star Wars saga. Pollock and Lucas eventually fell out, but Pollock claims to know a little about what the next trilogy has in store for us:
“It was originally a 12-part saga,” Pollock said. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.”
Pollock also expressed his feelings on the Star Wars prequels:
“dreadful. I think they’re horrible. For me, the first one is the worst. Maybe the second prequel is better one. I didn’t like the third one at all. When he did the three prequels, he was in a Lucas vacuum. No one saw the scripts[in advance], they were dreadful screenplays. I thought they seemed dry. They were medieval in terms of court intrigue. And it was a weird way to start out the story.”
Pollock also claims that in Episode 7, Luke Skywalker would be in his 30’s or 40’s. This would rule out Mark Hamill returning to play the iconic role. In an interview with EW, Skywalker himself Mark Hamill spoke of his shock of finding out about the massive deal between Disney and Lucasfilm:
“Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else… I missed his call yesterday, but I spoke to him maybe three weeks ago. But until we know more, it’s hard to make any comment other than congratulations to George”
Hamill also spoke of how he met with George Lucas over the summer with Carrie Fisher:
“He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them…Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. 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.
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. I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense”
I am sure as the dust settles on this historic event, further news will begin to find its way on-line as to exactly where the new Star Wars trilogy will be heading. Disney and Lucasfilm now have three years to tease us before the first films release in 2015, and tease us they shall!!
(Souces: EW, The Wrap)
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