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Lucas revealed new trilogy before Disney buy out

GeorgeLucas.jpgWe heard the big news of the Lucasfilm sale and of Disney's plans to deliver a new Star Wars film in a few years and perhaps another few films after that, and for Disney to bleed the franchise until it's releasing films direct to DVD and Blu-ray never to be heard of again except for holiday adverts, but this wasn't out of the blue.

We know that George Lucas had plans for new Star Wars films before but now we're hearing that he had concrete plans before the Disney buy out, and it comes from a source close to Star Wars, the original Star Wars, Mark Hamill himself.

Apparently George Lucas asked Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to dinner and brought up a very interesting issue with them.

Here's what Mark Hamill said to Entertainment Weekly in a story I found through Collider:

"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...

...he was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn't be directing."

So with Kathleen Kennedy at the head of the organisation they were all set to start the new trilogy, I wonder if this was to be with or without Disney? Did Lucas know at this point if Disney were going to buy the company and develop the three Star Wars films or was the plan to develop the films with Lucasfilm before there was any idea of a Disney deal? It seems that the two events were very close and perhaps Lucas was talking about the Disney plan, but then again maybe not.

What would you have preferred a Lucas Star Wars trilogy or a Disney Star Wars trilogy?

I have to admit that while Lucas has been as guilty of over merchandising Star Wars as Disney undoubtedly will be I'm not sure he would want a direct to DVD/Blu-ray future for his franchise and that's what Disney appears to offer, and that's the bit that has me worried.

Disney has a number of franchise films that have ended up doing just that and big franchise films at that, and their experience with Pixar hasn't really made them better film-makers as you can clearly see the Pixar-Disney divide in the films they create. Then you just have to look at the track record they have in science fiction and you could easily bring up John Carter, but then you could also bring up TRON: Legacy (Filmstalker review).

I don't know. I could see them making one or two films work and then them falling to the wayside for merchandising and "direct to" taking over, but then again I really hope they do the franchise some justice. I can't believe I'm even considering the possibility that perhaps George Lucas should have made the next Star Wars films.




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