It is a pretty great time to be a Star Wars fan right now. With the release of an amazing game, “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order“, which shockingly has not attracted any controversy by its publisher EA, and the weekly releases of “The Mandalorian“, Star Wars feels all right again. But fans are worried about the coming month and the release of episode 9. Even George Lucas is not looking forward to it.
J.J. Abrams (director of episode 7 and 9) spoke to Rolling Stone stating,
“I’ve only had gratitude for George. It’s probably a complicated thing for him. To decide you’re going to sell this thing that you created, that was your baby, to anyone — that must be more complicated than signing a check and smiling about it. But he’s been incredibly gracious. He’s been super-generous.”
George Lucas has stated that he hates what Disney has done to his “baby” even going as far as to call the company “slavers” that took his child from him.
“He came over, we had a meeting when we first started working on this [new movie], talked through a ton of different ideas and stories, and heard from him what was important, and we’ve done nothing but try and adhere to some fundamental aspects of the story. It wasn’t a difficult thing to try and do. And again, he was really gracious. So I’m only grateful. Do I wish that [Force Awakens] had been his favorite movie of all time? Yes, I only wanted to do well by him. I would just say that I have nothing but profound respect for the guy and am still truly, even more so now, working on these movies in awe of what he created.”
It is kind of Lucas to help out with the films, but even then, he doesn’t get the final say. In the end, J.J. Abrams and the head of LucasFilms, Kathleen Kennedy, get the final say. And with all these rumors and reports of re-shoots and people walking out of the test screenings furious, there is little to no hope that this next Star Wars film is going to save the sequel trilogy from the holes that they already dug for themselves.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will be released in theatres on December 20th, 2019.