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10 Best Movies Written By George Lucas, According To IMDb

George Lucas is a living legend, having created both Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He’s known for directing and producing, but more than anything else, he’s been a writer. He’s written many scripts, although he sometimes just writes the story for the film before another writer does the screenplay. This list will take a look at the best films he’s had a hand in writing, and it does contain more than just movies from his two big creations. Although, those are represented quite a bit.

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This list is ranked using IMDb. Some of these films are rated so well that they’re on IMDb’s Top 250 of All Time. Here are the 10 Best Movies Written By George Lucas, According to IMDb.

10 THX 1138 (1971) – 6.7

George Lucas wrote the story for his full-length directorial debut, and he co-wrote the screenplay with Walter Murch. Based on his 1967 student film, THX 1138 tells the story of a society where people are known by a set of letters and numbers, and ideas like emotions and sex are prohibited. The title character’s roommate changes the pills he takes, and he begins to fully feel emotions.

For the futuristic look, most of the film was shot in San Francisco locations like a mall, a subway, a lab, and an airport. These plain and sterile-looking locations work perfectly for Lucas’ story, going along with a world where everyone wears white and has shaved heads.

9 Willow (1988) – 7.3

Lucas wrote the story for Willow, and Bob Dolman wrote the screenplay. Although he came up with the idea for the film in the ’70s, Lucas wanted to wait until the mid-’80s so the technology would be better. Ron Howard directed the film, being friends with Lucas after acting in American Graffiti. It portrays a land where an evil queen reigns and a newborn princess is prophesied to end her rule. With the baby being hunted, a Nelwyn named Willow protects the baby and is joined by the human Madmartigen.

Lucas’ foray into this fantasy world was brought to life with beautiful locations in Wales and New Zealand. Warwick Davis portrayed the title character, with a supporting cast of Val Kilmer and Joanna Whalley. The film was nominated at the Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

8 American Graffiti (1973) – 7.4

Lucas co-wrote this screenplay with Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. American Graffiti shows the young residents of a California town on the last night of summer vacation in 1962. Among the young cast were future directors Ron Howard and Charles Martin Smith, as well as Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford.

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Being entirely different from THX 1138, Lucas had the film take place in his home town of Modesto, and he wanted to portray his teenage years of cruising in cars. The film was very well-received. At the Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Candy Clark, and Best Editing.

7 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) – 7.5

Lucas was the sole writer for Revenge of the Sith, as well as the rest of the prequel trilogy. With the third chronological episode of Star Wars, Lucas finally got to tell exactly how Anakin Skywalker turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. This included showing the end of the Clone Wars, the execution of Order 66 to destroy the Jedi, the rise of the Empire, and some thrilling lightsaber duels.

While some have argued that Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side is too quick, the film still references his distrust of the Jedi before his turn. The animated series The Clone Wars also portrayed Anakin already on his way to the Dark Side at times, which is complemented well with the story arc Lucas portrayed in Revenge of the Sith.

6 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – 7.6

Lucas wrote the story for Temple of Doom, while Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck wrote the screenplay. It takes place a year before Raiders of the Lost Ark, to avoid reusing the Nazis as villains two films in a row.

Undoubtedly the darkest Indiana Jones film, the film features a scene where a man’s heart is ripped out, and Indy’s forced to drink blood that puts him under mind control. Parents complained about the violence in this film and fellow PG-rated Gremlins, which led to Steven Spielberg suggesting the PG-13 rating. The film also has some of the most exciting action in the series, particularly the mine car chase in the third act.

5 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – 8.2

The Last Crusade is ranked 118th on IMDb’s Top 250. Lucas and Menno Meyjes wrote the story while Jeffrey Boam wrote the screenplay. A more lighthearted approach after Temple of Doom, the third film finds Indy and his father searching for the Holy Grail, with Sean Connery brilliantly portraying Henry Jones Sr.

The script went through many versions and rewrites before the final story was chosen. Spielberg suggested to Lucas that they add Indy’s father to the story, with father-son relationships being a recurring theme in Spielberg’s movies.

4 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) – 8.3

Return of the Jedi is ranked 83rd on IMDb’s Top 250. Lucas wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Lawrence Kasden. The third film of the trilogy went through many changes in pre-production. Wookiees were changed to Ewoks, Han Solo was confirmed to live after Harrison Ford said Han should be killed, and an originally-absent Yoda was added to confirm to Luke that Vader was his father.

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Lucas and the rest of the filmmakers were able to craft a satisfying conclusion, with the Rebellion winning and Luke bringing his father back to the Light Side. While Lucas wasn’t done telling Star Wars stories, this film was the last chronological story in the series until 2015’s The Force Awakens.

3 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – 8.4

Raiders of the Lost Ark is ranked 55th on IMDb. Lucas wrote the story with Philip Kaufman, while Lawrence Kasden wrote the screenplay. Lucas pitched his friend Spielberg on the film while they were building a sandcastle during a vacation to Hawaii. What resulted was an action-adventure movie that has defined a genre for decades.

Raiders follows Indiana Jones as he seeks the Ark of the Covenant, and many scenes in the film became classics. One unscripted and famous moment happens when Indy shoots the swordsman. It was very hot in Tunisia, and Harrison Ford had dysentery, resulting in a choreographed fight being replaced with an unimpressed Indy firing one shot to end the fight.

2 Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) – 8.6

A New Hope is ranked 26th on IMDb. Lucas was the sole writer for the original Star Wars screenplay. The film set off a cultural phenomenon that has lasted more than forty years. Despite how in-depth and long-lasting the series has become, Lucas started the series off with a simple story of good vs. evil. Lucas’ space opera was just the beginning of something special back in 1977, and now the tale of a farm boy, a princess, and a smuggler taking on an evil Empire is familiar to almost everyone.

Originally envisioned as The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, the original film was released simply as Star Wars, before eventually receiving the episode number of four and the subtitle A New Hope. Forty years later, Lucas’ original story has had a greater impact than anyone could have imagined.

1 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – 8.7

Empire is ranked 14th on IMDb. Lucas wrote the story while the screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasden and Leigh Brackett. Empire is often considered one of the greatest sequels of all time and is a template that many sequels are still compared to today. While Vader being Luke’s father is common knowledge today, it was a shocking plot point in 1980 and remains one of the greatest twists in film history.

Empire also stands out for ending with cliffhangers. Luke lost his hand and didn’t know if Vader was really his father, and Han was frozen in carbonite and taken by Boba Fett. We know it all worked out in the end, but the movie took chances that paid off in terms of storytelling and entertainment.

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2020-03-16 20:30:21

Rory Smith

Star Wars: The Real Life Inspirations Behind George Lucas’ Ewoks

Ewoks are some of the most well-known creatures to come out of the Star Wars universe and George Lucas used some interesting inspiration when it came to their development. The species first made their Star Wars debut in the third installment of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. Since then, they’ve starred in two Star Wars TV movies, an animated series, and several books.

An Ewok is a fur-covered biped native to the forest moon of Endor. The species was shown to be skilled in hunting and gathering while living in huts in a tree village. They may be short but they are also very strong when it comes to combat or protecting their species from outsiders. Ewoks relied on primitive technology such as weapons and gliders when faced with a conflict with enemies. The most well-known Ewok was Wicket W. Warrick, one of the allies of the Rebel Alliance who assisted in defeating the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi. Wicket rallied his fellow Ewoks to attack the Imperial forces.

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Lucas always intended to have a primitive species help take down the Empire during the third act in Return of the Jedi. During his early development of the film, the Star Wars creator considered using the Wookiee home planet as the setting of the ground battle. Wookiees, however, were too technologically advanced as seen with Chewbacca’s intelligence. Lucas then switched the syllables in “Wookiee” to create a new species, but he also took other factors from the outside world in their creation.

Most Star Wars fans would agree that Ewoks possess adorable features that closely resemble teddy bears. Stuffed animals weren’t the inspiration when creating the species, however, since Lucas modeled them after one of his dogs. With the help of make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, Lucas developed the Ewok from an image of the Griffon Bruxellois, a toy dog breed. The facial structure, big eyes, and short ears of Ewoks closely match that of the dog breed. Despite the physical inspiration, the Ewok went through a lot of changes before Lucas settled on a final design.

As for the behavior of the Ewoks in Star Wars, Lucas took inspiration from Viet Cong guerrillas. He took note of the guerillas when they fought American soldiers during the Vietnam War and mirrored their actions with Ewoks and their attack on the Empire. Ewoks had guerrilla warfare techniques in Return of the Jedi with fighting styles relying on spears, knives, battering rams, and catapults. Aside from their name being derived from “Wookiee,” Lucas credited the Native American tribe, Miwok, as an influence in their creation. The Miwok tribe called the Redwood forest their home and it just so happened to be the site for filming the Endor scenes.

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2020-03-07 02:03:33

Kara Hedash

Stranger Things: Lucas’s 5 Biggest Mistakes (& 5 Shining Moments)

Netflix’s Stranger Things season 1 introduced the audience to a whole new upside-down world of possibilities. But of course, a brilliant plot requires smart, funny and vibrant characters. One of those characters is Lucas Sinclair. Alongside Mike, Dustin, and Will, Lucas is a member of the Party, a group of four bike riding, campaign playing boys.

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As they go through the trials and tribulations associated with adolescence, they must now face a bigger challenge. How to survive in a world connected to the Upside Down. So far they’re doing okay. They’ve each played their roles and passed their turns. How has Lucas played his turn? Here’s a summary of his worst mistakes and greatest triumphs.

10 Shining Moment: Finding The Gate To The Upside Down

Lucas was one of the most determined of the Party to find Will. He was frustrated at Mike and Dustin for getting distracted by Eleven. So when he goes off with his compass, it’s his initiative that leads to the discovery of Hawkins Lab.

Lucas was also the one to warn the others that the bad men were coming to get Eleven. For a character who is disliked for his initial treatment towards Eleven, it’s also forgotten that he was an important ally in her protection. Even if it did take him a little while to warm up to her.

9 Biggest Mistake: Banter With Erica

Lucas should know by now not to answer back to Erica. Her comebacks burn him each and every time but he still attempts to banter with her, as all siblings do. But Erica is feisty and has some serious sass, taking attitude from no one and serving looks to those who try.

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One of her favorite names to call Lucas is “nerd.” In season 3, Erica becomes one of the main members on a team with Steve, Dustin, and Robin. Now that she knows everything her brother has been going through the past few years, she might cut him some slack. But then again…

8 Shining Moment: His Trusty Slingshot

Lucas and his slingshot are a crimefighting team. When Billy is trying to persuade Max to open the door of the sauna in episode 4 of season 3, Will feels the presence of the Upside Down and Mike warns Max to get away from the door. Billy smashes the glass and screams abuse at a petrified and clearly distressed Max.

Without a second thought, Lucas brings out his slingshot and shoots Billy in the head, yelling for Max to run. Lucas also uses his slingshot in the mall, this time targeted at a Balloon to save the whole gang from the Mind Flayer in episode 8, season 3.

7 Biggest Mistake: Sabotaging Dungeons and Dragons

It’s clear to see that Will is still trying to recover from the events of the past 2 seasons. After all, he was the one who was taken into the Upside Down and forcibly connected to the mind of the monster. So it wouldn’t hurt Mike and Lucas to spend a little time with their friend who they’ve been distant with. Especially now they are both in relationships.

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However, the two of them proceed to show a lack of enthusiasm and sabotage the Dungeons & Dragons campaign so they don’t have to play. They realize they hurt Will’s feelings and try to make it up to him, but Will isn’t having it.

6 Shining Moment: Lucas And His Axe

Sorry slingshot, you’re just not gonna cut it this time. When The Mind Flayer attacks Eleven in Hopper’s Cabin, it’s a battle between the gang and a massive towering meat monster. So when Lucas sees his entrance, he grabs an axe, jumps on the box to get some height and starts whacking that sucker with all his might.

With everyone focused on keeping Eleven from being dragged out through the hole in the roof and Nancy busy firing the shotgun, Lucas is the one to sever it from the main point of connection, freeing Eleven.

5 Biggest Mistake: His Treatment Of Max

Lucas underestimates Max big time. He also doesn’t know what he’s doing half the time.  In season 2, Lucas asks his dad what he does when his mom gets mad at him, in which he responds, “First, I apologize. Then I get your mother whatever she wants.” Season 3 reveals that Lucas has taken this advice seriously, with the boys going shopping to buy gifts to save their rocky relationships.

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Mike is new to this, but Lucas has broken up with Max five times. Something to brag about? Maybe not. But his heart is in the right place, telling Max in season 2 that she’s nothing like her brother and totally tubular.

4 Shining Moment: Satan’s Baby

After Max instructs Will and Lucas to go find a bowl to help clean Eleven’s wound, Lucas becomes just a little bit distracted. What could stop him from this oh so important task? Satan’s Baby. When Will asks if it’s “sweet” Lucas says in awe ‘that’s an understatement” and proceeds to set the facts straight with his extensive and fanboy knowledge.

Without his obsessive amount of information on this particular firework and his plan to turn Satan’s Baby into explosive dynamite, the gang wouldn’t have back up for Eleven and the final battle would have looked very different.

3 Biggest Mistake: Telling Max Without Party Approval

The Party went through a lot in the first season of Stranger Things, especially Will. So naturally, they wouldn’t be happy with a stranger knowing about everything they’ve been doing together.

Mike is still sensitive about losing Eleven and isn’t the usual welcoming person he is. Instead, he’s rude and mean, not wanting a new addition as a replacement to Eleven. This treatment to a new member is almost parallel to Lucas’s behavior towards Eleven in the first season. Even Dustin is wary of his choice to tell Max everything.

2 Shining Moment: Singing The Neverending Story

Not every shining moment has to be serious and death defyingly heroic. When everyone is packing away the Byers’ things in the last episode of season 3, Max and Lucas decide it’s time to address the Falkor in the room.

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The two break into song for their own amusement and proceed to tease “Dusty Buns.” Dustin’s reaction is less than impressed, telling them that they’re butchering it. “Shut up you guys. Please shut up,” and honestly who can blame him? It’s his and Suzie’s song after all.

1 Biggest Mistake: Accusing Eleven Of Working Against Them

When Eleven turned up from nowhere, Lucas was the only one in the group that didn’t accept her straight away. He was skeptical. They were out looking for their friend and found her instead. He wanted to find Will and Eleven was a distraction, which is fair enough.

However, Lucas crossed the line when he outwardly accused Eleven of working against the gang, comparing her to a stray dog and saying that “she’s the monster.” He then went on to get into a brawl with one of his best friends. Not one of his best moments.

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2020-03-01 03:03:24

Zarreen Moghbelpour

Why Star Wars Fans Have Forgiven George Lucas | Screen Rant

The Star Wars saga has a history full of ups and downs, and its creator, George Lucas, has been the target of a lot of criticism – but now that the Skywalker saga has come to an end, Star Wars fans have finally forgiven him for his past mistakes. The Star Wars universe began in 1977 with the film now known as Star Wars: A New Hope, the first installment of what would become a saga of nine films and the starting point for one of the biggest and most profitable franchises in the entertainment industry.

The history of the Star Wars film saga is divided in three: the original trilogy, the prequels, and the sequels. The first trilogy has a special place in the hearts of fans and is regarded as the best in the saga, especially Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In the late 1990s, George Lucas continued expanding the Star Wars universe with the prequel trilogy, which focused on the life of Anakin Skywalker, from his days as a young slave in Tatooine, to his rise as Sith lord Darth Vader.

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The prequels, written and directed by Lucas, failed to recreate the success of the original films, and were heavily criticized (and even ignored) for years. Following the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, the Mouse House began working on a new trilogy, starting in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The sequels and the saga as the world know them came to an end in 2019 with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which polarized critics and fans even more than Star Wars: The Last Jedi did in 2017. The sequel trilogy wasn’t the big Star Wars return fans were expecting, prompting them to look back at the rest of the saga and “forgive” George Lucas in the process.

As mentioned above, the original trilogy is very special to Star Wars fans, and George Lucas has been making changes to it pretty much since it was released. Some have been as subtle as adding more explosions and special effects here and there; others, however, messed with the characters and certain scenes. One that has been endlessly criticized (and mocked) is the Han/Greedo scene at the Mos Eisley cantina, with Han’s head digitally altered to dodge the shot and the addition of Greedo’s final word, “maclunkey”, among other changes. Another infamous addition was Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker’s Force Ghost in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, replacing Sebastian Shaw. All these changes even left some mistakes in some versions of the original trilogy, such as colorless lightsabers.

Lucas meddled with the original trilogy for different reasons: to give it the look he envisioned from the beginning, to match with the prequels, etc. Speaking of the prequels, these are what sealed fans’ hatred towards Lucas. The concept for the prequels is good – exploring and expanding Darth Vader’s story was something the Star Wars universe could really use, and fans were eager to know more about the character. It was good in paper, but not in practice. Furthermore, the prequels showed Lucas’ poor directing skills, and not even the talents of Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, and Samuel L. Jackson could save the films. For fans, the prequels were the worst thing to happen to the Star Wars saga at the time, and the one to blame was, of course, George Lucas.

Time heals all wounds and that’s the case for the Star Wars prequels. The arrival of the sequel trilogy prompted fans to revisit the prequels, and with that has come a radical change in the opinions of many. For example, recent reevaluations of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace have made fans find some silver linings among the mess (though forgiveness for Jar Jar Binks hasn’t happened yet), and others have simply chosen to redirect their hate towards Disney’s sequel trilogy. There’s also the nostalgia factor, which plays a big role in the reevaluation of the prequels. To many, the prequel trilogy was their first approach to the Star Wars universe, and that’s enough to “forgive” them and Lucas, in the process.

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Perhaps what has played a bigger role in the process of fans making their peace with George Lucas are his plans for a sequel trilogy, which obviously never happened. Lucas started working on ideas for a final set of films before the original trilogy was complete, and many of those ended up being not useful anymore once Return of the Jedi happened. Still, he had a plan for a sequel trilogy in which the focus was Luke’s life as a Jedi Knight, and even included Luke training Leia in the ways of the Force. His sequel films would have also explored the scientific side of the Force by getting into the “microbiotic world” and introduced creatures called “the Whills”, who feed off the Force and control the universe.

Once Disney acquired Lucasfilm, all these ideas were scrapped and the studio went for a trilogy that introduced a new generation of heroes (Rey, Finn, and Poe) and villains (Kylo Ren, Snoke, and General Hux), and had the original ones serving as mentors – though it rescued some ideas, such as Luke training Leia, even if it only happened in a flashback. It’s impossible to say if Lucas’ plans would have made a better sequel trilogy than Disney’s, but at least he had it all planned out, something that Disney didn’t. The Star Wars sequels went through many writers and versions, and each one ended up having a very different vision of what this universe is about, only proving that Disney didn’t have a plan for the trilogy as a whole. In that sense, George Lucas did things right, and even if the prequels weren’t the best, they were part of a plan that explored the story of the Skywalkers.

Whether you love or hate the prequels and/or sequels, at the end of the day, George Lucas is the mind behind the whole Star Wars universe, and it would be very difficult (not to say impossible) for a franchise of this calibre to exist without flaws. The legacy of Star Wars goes beyond the changes he has done to the original trilogy, the reception the prequels have gotten, and how the sequels handled the story. George Lucas has a talent to create new worlds and a whole mythology to go with it, and ultimately, fans and critics will respect him for that, independently of the mistakes he has made in the Star Wars saga.

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2020-02-22 01:02:42

Adrienne Tyler

Star Wars: Why George Lucas Changed Luke Skywalker’s Original Name

Before Luke Skywalker became the main protagonist of the original Star Wars trilogy, the character was actually named Luke Starkiller. The character played by Mark Hamill became one of the biggest figures within the epic sci-fi franchise first created by George Lucas in 1977. Here’s why Lucas felt the need to change Luke’s surname before Star Wars made its debut.

The Skywalker name is synonymous with Star Wars even for those not familiar with the franchise. Luke starred as the central figure of the original trilogy as he transformed from a moisture farmer on Tatooine to a Jedi Knight and a hero in the Rebel Alliance’s victory in the Galactic Civil War. He fit the archetype of a seemingly ordinary kid who was tasked with feeling the weight of the world, or in this case, the galaxy, on his shoulders. The focus on Luke and Leia’s father, Anakin Skywalker, in the prequel trilogies gave even more power to the surname.

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It seemed only fitting that Luke returned in some capacity in the sequel trilogies and the final installment of the saga be titled, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The movie titles, as well as the saga, would have been much known as something much different if Lucas held on to the original Starkiller surname. When developing Star Wars in the 70s, Lucas referred to the protagonist as “Luke Starkiller” in the various drafts of his script. In fact, the character was referred to as Luke Starkiller a few months into production. Due to bad connotations with the name “Starkiller,” Lucas decided to change the surname to Skywalker.

The reason for Lucas making a big name change stemmed from the infamous cult leader, Charles Manson. The sadistic man and his followers were responsible for the deaths of nine people in late 1969, including the death of the up-and-coming actress, Sharon Tate. The Manson Family murders were still fresh on the mind of the public in the 70s and Lucas worried that the name “Starkiller” would draw connections to someone like Manson. He was indeed a “star killer” after being behind the murder of a promising movie star. To avoid any kind of negative connections to his protagonist, Lucas chose to change the name of his hero to Skywalker.

Considering Starkiller was still in use during the early months of production, a certain Star Wars scene had to be reshot. When Luke first met Leia in the first film, he proclaimed “I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you!” but in the original scene, he referred to himself as “Luke Starkiller.” Hamill has been outspoken about liking the name Starkiller more than Skywalker. The name would get reused for the main character of The Force Unleashed videogames, but got its most famous rebirth 40 years after the introduction of the iconic figure, when director J.J. Abrams honored Hamill’s character by naming the First Order’s superweapon, Starkiller Base, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a nod to the original surname.

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2020-02-18 02:02:58

Kara Hedash

Star Wars: George Lucas’ Cancelled TV Show Kept The Prequels Alive

George Lucas’ canceled Star Wars TV show, Star Wars Underworld, would have kept the prequels alive. Back in 2005, George Lucas used Star Wars Celebration III as the opportunity to make a thrilling announcement. He revealed he was planning to make a big-budget, live-action Star Wars TV series. The show had the working title of Star Wars Underworld.

Sadly, this project never happened. Scripts were commissioned, but the production proved too expensive, and it was eventually shelved. Over the years, details have leaked, confirming that Star Wars Underworld would have been set on Coruscant during the Dark Times, and would have explored the galaxy’s seedy underbelly. By all accounts, the star was a bounty hunter who was caught between warring crime families; as the years passed, the scripts changed shape, gradually integrating major Star Wars characters. One script saw Han Solo win the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, while another featured a love-interest for Emperor Palpatine – and inspired Cory Barlog’s God of War game.

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In 2015 – a full decade after Star Wars Underworld was announced – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was asked whether Underworld was dead. “No,” she insisted. “No, interestingly enough, that’s an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that [George Lucas] developed is something we very much would like to explore.” Still, for all Kennedy seemed positive about the project, the general assumption was that viewers would never get to see anything. And then, surprisingly, test footage from Star Wars Underworld – produced for Lucasfilm by a company called Stargate Studios – was spotted online, revealing just how it continued Lucas’ prequel ideas.

Precious little is known about Star Wars Underworld, but it’s clear that conceptually it was a spiritual successor to the prequel trilogy. After all, the core location was Coruscant – the ecumenopolis that had featured so prominently in all three prequels (and whose absence is one of the most striking anomalies of the sequels). On Coruscant, there’s an inverse relationship between height and wealth; the poor people live in the lower levels, victim to crime lords and gangsters, while the more prosperous live in the towers. The tone and style of the production created by Stargate Studios is pretty much identical to scenes set in Coruscant’s lower levels in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; even the hover-car is reminiscent of a famous chase scene featuring Obi-Wan and Anakin. Notice the pronounced Imperial presence, which suggests the Empire is attempting to impose order by force.

As noted, Star Wars Underworld was originally intended to feature only original characters, but key figures from the prequels began to slip into the scripts. One known script featured Palpatine as a sympathetic figure, wronged by a gangster woman he loved; nowadays that feels like an odd bit of foreshadowing, given the sequel trilogy established that the Emperor had a family. A two-part episode apparently featured Darth Vader, with the Dark Lord of the Sith clamping down on an uprising in the lower levels. There’s even a small amount of evidence suggesting Quinlan Vos – a Jedi Lucas had intended to appear in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – would also have played a role in Star Wars Underworld.

George Lucas has always been passionate about film-making, and he’s tended to take an experimental approach. Indeed, that’s why Lucas said Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace took him 16 years to make; because he was waiting for the technology to catch up with his vision. The prequels used CGI to an unprecedented degree, with ILM using computer-generated models rather than physical spaceships and CGI backgrounds in the place of sets. As controversial as Jar Jar Binks may have been, he was intended to be the crowning glory of The Phantom Menace, a CG film star created using the kind of mo-cap technology that would only become common after Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years later.

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As far as Lucas was concerned, the technical and experimental approach was what made these films a pleasure to make. As a result, when principal photography of Star Wars Underworld proved too expensive, Lucasfilm pivoted to the idea of finding a high-tech way to make the series. That was when Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum hired Stargate Studios to create some test footage; they’re a production company best known for their revolutionary “Virtual Backlot Live” technology. Virtual Backlot Live is typically seen as a replacement for location filming; it allows actors to perform in front of a green-screen, and the studio has a sophisticated library of immersive environments that can then be added. Essentially, an actor can perform in Los Angeles, and they can easily be made to seem like they’re in Japan, New York, London, or Hawaii. Stargate hit particular acclaim in 2009, when they received an Emmy Award for special effects for NBC’s Heroes. It’s likely this was when Lucasfilm reached out, albeit with a very different idea; they wanted to use Virtual Backlot Live to create the city-planet of Coruscant.

Test footage is a normal part of the development cycle, created and distributed to networks in the hopes it will catch someone’s eye. The story is almost irrelevant in this kind of footage; the goal is to demonstrate the high-level concept, the technology, and the tone. Unfortunately, in 2011 Lucas told MovieWeb that the costs were still too high. “We are looking for a different technology that we can use,” Lucas explained, “that will make it economically feasible to shoot the show. Right now, it looks like the Star Wars features. But we have to figure out how to make it at about a tenth of the cost of the features, because it’s television.” Lucas seemed thrilled at the idea, envisioning Star Wars Underworld serving as a proof of concept for some as-yet-unknown technology that would redefine television.

Nowadays, it seems strange to imagine a high-profile TV show being turned down because of cost; after all, HBO reportedly spent £100 million for season six of Game of Thrones, while Netflix are believed to have cashed out around $130 million on The Crown season 1. But Lucas was pitching Star Wars Underworld at a time when networks would never sign off on that kind of expenditure, in the middle of an economic slowdown. Once again, Lucas’ dream was too big for the current state of play. Ironically, fast forward to 2020 and every episode of Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian cost around $12.5 million to make for Disney+ – just as expensive as Game of Thrones, and the kind of budget that would have made Star Wars Underworld possible.

More: The Mandalorian Is Delivering On George Lucas’ Star Wars Underworld Vision


2020-02-07 04:02:10

Thomas Bacon

Star Wars Fans Would Hate Baby Yoda (If George Lucas Did It)

The Star Wars community has been overwhelmed by the presence of Baby Yoda on The Mandalorian, but history suggests that they wouldn’t be anywhere near as receptive to the idea if George Lucas had come up with it first. Ever since “the Child” first appeared on the highly-acclaimed series from Disney+, the character has hosted its own orbit of online fandom, headlining countless memes. Baby Yoda has already appeared in an episode of South Park — the true test of pop culture relevance.

Introduced at the tail end of The Mandalorian‘s premiere episode, the Child was originally the target of the titular bounty hunter. Sent by the Guild to fulfill a contract by an unknown client, Mando (Pedro Pascal) comes into contact with the young being and opts to spare it, breaking the code of conduct for both the Guild and the Mandalorian species. Ever since, the nameless child has accompanied the Mandalorian on his quests across the galaxy, with the bounty hunter electing himself to be its surrogate protector.

Related: The Mandalorian: Baby Yoda Learns About Good & Bad In A Powerful Way

Of course, the Star Wars community is not ignorant in the ways of cute and cuddly supporting characters. For years, the franchise has been plagued by controversial add-ons that clearly seek to do nothing but grab some extra cash for the company. Baby Yoda, however, has not received that kind of unpleasant welcome; however, if George Lucas, the creator of the series and a huge proprietor of these cuddly, but useless creatures (after all, he’s gone on record as saying that Jar-Jar Binks is his favorite character in the entire Skywalker Saga), was responsible for Baby Yoda, it’s very possible that the outcome would have been very, very different.

A thankful and important factor in the overall design of Baby Yoda is that it is a puppet, and not another one of the series’ lifeless CGI creations. Of course, these computer animations were most prominent in the prequel trilogy with characters like the aforementioned Jar-Jar Binks, General Grievous, and even the adult, digitally “enhanced” version of Yoda himself. Over the years, George Lucas has gone back and either upgraded or inserted random CGI characters throughout his original trilogy of films. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume, therefore, that if George Lucas had crafted the Baby Yoda character for one of his own Star Wars endeavors, it would have been another attempt at an appealing, but overall, disparaging CGI creature.

One of the many reasons that the Child works in the show is because its posture and movements perfectly coincide with its infancy, creating a wholly believable (and adorable) experience. This decision is also a callback to Yoda’s original puppet form in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; as a puppet, this character comes to life. Baby Yoda’s interactions feel real with those around him because that’s exactly what they are.

That being said, the way Lucas’ “cute” characters function onscreen has remained relatively stagnant across the franchise. The controversial practice was first seen in Return of the Jedi with the introduction of the Ewoks, Endor’s fluffy, teddy bear-looking forest warriors. Together, their ensuing battle against the tyrannous and occupying stormtroopers was filled with overly-sentimental encounters, obviously staged fight sequences, and a campy set of jungle weaponry.

Related: What Star Wars Looked Like If George Lucas Kept It

During the other films in which George Lucas was involved in production, his army of unique and annoying creations drew similar criticism. For the most part, fans saw right through the franchise’s ploy to get over-anxious parents out of the house and into the toy stores. And not only that, but a great deal of these characters were totally unappealing to children. The Gungans, for instance, are slimy, reptilian-like aquatic creatures with flappy ears and three toes – not exactly an appetizing subject for candy (the Jar-Jar Binks lollipops may be the franchise’s worst official merchandise).

While Baby Yoda could very easily be construed as a cash grab for Disney+ on their LucasArts victory lap, the fact that the major studio did not have Baby Yoda toys available this holiday season helps eradicate that theory. Disney CEO Bob Iger himself has said that the fan reception to Baby Yoda has been far greater than he, or anybody at the Mouse House, had anticipated.

The obvious, protruding distinction between the way George Lucas inserted his “adorable” characters and the way The Mandalorian handles the Child is that the latter produces a functioning story around Baby Yoda. The series, as its producers and creator Jon Favreau have not been shy to point out, plays like an exhibition of the great samurai stories (most specifically, Kazuo Koike’s Lone Wolf and Cub stories), or those of the wild, wild west. The warrior is not strangled by an overly-demanding, overarching struggle; rather, his journeys are individual chapters, each with its own clear beginning, middle and end. In The Mandalorian, the Child fits perfectly into that low-key formula, illustrating Mando’s altering priorities, as well as engaging the audience in the younger character’s own mysterious abilities.

Now, it’s also very possible that the Star Wars community has just gotten used to these sort of characters. The galaxy, over and over again, has proved to be a haven for an enormous number of strange, unique, and various creatures, species, and, for lack of a better term, “things.” Recently, the latest trilogy of films has brought us three distinctly cute characters, with the rollable and lovable droid BB-8, The Last Jedi‘s collection of Porg birds, and, most recently, The Rise of Skywalker‘s D-O — maybe The Mandalorian‘s Child also fits perfectly into this strange, ever-expanding Star Wars habitat.

More: Every Star Wars TV Show Coming To Disney+ After Mandalorian


2020-01-04 05:01:31

Luke Parker

Baby Yoda George Lucas Name Theory Debunked | Screen Rant

Disney CEO Bob Iger debunks a theory we didn’t even know was a theory – Baby Yoda’s real name is George Lucas. The mystery surrounding The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda – officially known as The Child, and don’t call it anything else in the presence of Jon Favreau – has only grown with each episode. As of The Mandalorian season 1 finale, Baby Yoda is safely back with Din Djaren following a nasty encounter with the series villain, Moff Gideon. What exactly comes next is unknown, but as Djaren is now tasked with returning the Child to its home, The Mandalorian season 2 might reveal a lot more about the Child, its species, and possibly even its real name.

Ever since its debut in The Mandalorian‘s season 1 premiere, Baby Yoda has taken the world by storm. The character has starred in countless memes, parodies, and more. Baby Yoda even showed up in a SNL skit. In the final weeks of 2019, some are trying to steal Baby Yoda’s thunder (looking at you, Baby Sonic), but given the incredible reception to The Mandalorian and the excitement already building for season 2, Baby Yoda’s place as a cultural icon is certainly safe for now. However, while the masses are enthralled with Baby Yoda, Star Wars creator George Lucas might be less enthused about the character seeing as he never wanted to reveal anything about Yoda’s species.

Related: Is The Mandalorian Disney’s Biggest Betrayal Of Lucas’ Star Wars Vision?

So what’s the deal with Baby Yoda’s real name being George Lucas? It’s unclear if any such theory actually exists, but in an interview on The Star Wars Show, Bob Iger was pressed to make some sort of Star Wars-related announcement, to which he responded: “The baby’s name is not George.” And unless Iger is using a Star Wars interview to make reveals about some other baby, it stands to reason he’s referring to Baby Yoda and some assumption that the character’s real name is George, presumably in reference to Lucas.

Iger’s answer is a weird one, to be sure, and it’s most likely the result of him trying to come up with something funny to say on the spot. But then again, maybe some people have come to Iger with the theory that Baby Yoda’s name is George in honor of the Star Wars creator? It really isn’t the most ridiculous idea. Just recently, a student who was slain while stopping a shooter at UNC-Charlotte, Riley Howell, was honored by having a Jedi character named for him in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary. This was clearly a very special instance and a wonderful tribute paid to a brave man who also happened to be a massive Star Wars fan, but it means that Baby Yoda’s real name in some way evoking George Lucas isn’t entirely outside the realm possibility, either.

Still, it’s extremely unlikely that Baby Yoda’s name is some riff on George Lucas (no matter how hilarious that’d be). After all, the only other known members of Baby Yoda’s species have very simple names – Yoda and Yaddle. And this is also assuming Baby Yoda even has a name. The Mandalorian only ever refers to it as The Child or The Asset, and if it turns out that Baby Yoda is, in fact, a clone as some theories suggest, then there’d be no reason for him to have a name. It may be that Djaren will come to give him a name, or that The Child will name itself once it reaches a certain maturity. At this point it’s all very up in the air, but to us, they’ll always be Baby Yoda.

Next: The Mandalorian’s Mudhorn Armor Signet & Baby Yoda Clan Explained

Source: The Star Wars Show


2019-12-28 01:12:32

Sarah Moran

5 Reasons George Lucas Should Return To Star Wars (& 5 He Should Stay Far Away)

George Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, not because of the breadth of his filmography, but because of its cultural significance. His Star Wars Saga, the epic space opera that began in 1977 with the release of Episode IV: A New Hope, has been a fixture in pop culture entertainment for over 40 years, and changed the way we look at movies. With every new film he created in the Star Wars Universe, he pioneered new storytelling ideas, new technology for capturing them, and groundbreaking new visual effects to bring them to life.

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Lucas sold Lucasfilm in 2012 to Disney, and Disney has spearheaded the last three films in his nine-part Star Wars Saga, as well as expanded it with a few stand-alone features. The Disney produced films have been divisive to Star Wars fans, but even Lucas’s own creations caused tumult among the community built around them. As fans anxiously await Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in Lucas’s vision, we look at 5 reasons why he should return to Star Wars (in some capacity), and 5 reasons why he should stay far, far away.

10 SHOULD RETURN: HE HAS NEW ORIGINAL IDEAS

Star Wars fans eagerly anticipated Episode VII: The Force Awakens, only to feel like it was a repackaged version of the same storyline from Episode IV: A New Hope. They then went into The Last Jedi similarly jaded, and felt that all originality had been taken from the Star Wars Saga.

George Lucas’s plans for Episodes VII-IX may have involved some aspects of the Star Wars mythos fans didn’t like, such as more enthusiastic emphasis on the Whills, creatures similar to midi-chlorians that dictate the will of the Force and prove to be behind every major event in the galaxy, but at least he had wholly original ideas that weren’t more of the same.

9 SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY: HE CAN’T WRITE DIALOGUE

Though the Disney sequels have made fans a little less dismissive of Lucas’s prequel films, the prequels still can’t be vindicated for their atrocious dialogue. Filled with fine thespians capable of conveying lines with subtle emotional resonance, they were reduced to muttering a diatribe of maudlin nonsense.

The only person to really emerge unscathed from the encounter was Ewan Mcgregor, who will soon reprise his excellent Obi-Wan Kenobi role in a series for the Disney+ streaming service. As for his co-star Natalie Portman, an Academy Award winner, all of her charm managed to be completely stripped away with the dialogue she had to say.

8 SHOULD RETURN: LUCASFILM NEEDS GUIDANCE

While there are creative directors like Pablo Hidalgo working on the Star Wars franchise as part of the Lucasfilm Story Group, there are often numerous voices and minds involved with getting a Star Wars film made. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was crammed full of creative personnel, from scrip writers to producers and directors that had to work together to get it made well.

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Lucas probably thought Lucasfilm was in good hands when he named Kathleen Kennedy its president after he sold it in 2012, but Kennedy has also been blamed for a lot of the creative blunders the franchise has experienced. A technically savvy executive producer, she may lack the visionary qualities that a person like Lucas possessed.

7 SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY: STAR WARS BELONGS TO NEW FILMMAKERS

If you watch Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, you’ll become acquainted with a zealous young up-and-coming filmmaker fresh from film school and eager to cut his teeth on new original stories. In his youth, Lucas despised the big studio system and the commercialization of narratives, and so set out with other like-minded creators (Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola) to make his story his way.

Lucas understands that by its very nature, Star Wars is a young film maker’s franchise. It needs to be shaped and molded by young creators with new and original ways of thinking. He recognized he became set in his ways, and that directors like J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, and others needed to contribute their vision of that galaxy far, far away.

6 SHOULD RETURN: HIS FILMS CHANGE THE CINEMATIC PARADIGM

Like fellow visionary film maker James Cameron, when George Lucas makes a film, it shifts the paradigm of cinema. It introduces new technology, new methods of shooting, and new ideas about how cinema can communicate stories. Not all of the innovation Lucas created has been appreciated, but much of it has become the norm.

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Just like the original trilogy utilized Steadicams and scale models to greatly improve special effects sequences, the prequels utilized green screens to place actors in front of locations that didn’t exist to enhance environments. Both practices are commonplace now, much like shooting digitally, another aspect Lucas pioneered.

5 SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY: HE’S A CONTROL FREAK

Like anyone who has spent years of their life devoted to realizing their  greatest creation, George Lucas was protective of his work. Star Wars was a story before it was a franchise, and he had to fight to get it made. Studios didn’t see much of a future in it back in 1977, and Lucas had to ensure that even if he never saw a dime from the release of A New Hope, he got the sequel rights to make the other two movies and get his trilogy vision.

On the set of the films, Lucas was known to be a control freak, who couldn’t handle clowning around on set between his actors, or any incompetency with his crew. By the time Return of the Jedi was made, his health was suffering as a result of being so neurotic.

4 SHOULD RETURN: IT WOULD UNITE THE FANDOM

While Lucas can be attributed to generating the first sparks that incited the fandom, Disney can be blamed for fanning the flames. Since the creator of the Star Wars Saga stepped away from the franchise in 2012, the fandom has only grown more quarrelsome and fractious.

For many Star Wars fans, the Disney sequel films made the prequel films look better by comparison, and they were seen in a new light as being worthy successors to the original trilogy. With Lucas returning to a prominent role in Lucasfilm, perhaps the fandom will decide to unite once more under his guidance.

3 SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY: KEVIN FEIGE

It was recently announced that Kevin Feige, the Marvel producer responsible for turning the Marvel franchise into one of the most dominant in the world, will be making his own contribution to the Star Wars Universe. A big Star Wars fans himself, Disney hopes he’ll do for Star Wars what he’s done for Marvel.

The sequel trilogy by Disney has proved divisive for fans, with many seeing them as overblown, thoughtless messes banking on fans’ nostalgia to turn a profit. With Feige even rumored to be taking over as head of Lucasfilm in the wake of president Kathleen Kennedy’s shortcomings, the era of George Lucas having any authority over Star Wars may be at an end.

2 SHOULD RETURN: TO CONTINUE PUSHING TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT

At a time when most space-faring movies were considered ridiculous farces, no more entertaining than a Flash Gordon serial and devoid of complexity or depth, Star Wars sought to change all that. It did so by surpassing its peers in technological advancement, making film critics and audiences stand up and pay attention.

RELATED: Star Wars: 10 Times Prequel Technology Was Way Too Advanced

The technology Lucas and his crews pioneered was used as the foundation for two separates companies; Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound. Those companies are used to create some of the biggest blockbusters and culturally significant films of the modern era. Even the Marvel movies go through them to ensure a brilliant finished product.

1 SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY: HE CAN’T DIRECT ACTORS

Lucas hasn’t made it a secret how much he doesn’t like working with actors, and his casts haven’t made it a secret how  he’d replace them all with droids if he could! Harrison Ford famously explained that if Lucas could get away with not using actors to create his stories, he would.

Both Mark Hamill and Hayden Christensen, who play Luke Skywalker and Anakin Skywalker, both have expressed hos difficult it was to get any sort of feedback from Lucas about their characters. They were often frustrated trying to find their motivation for scenes, when Lucas was more focused on getting the visual effects right,

NEXT: Star Wars: 10 Biggest Disasters Since Disney Bought Lucasfilm


2019-11-22 05:11:45

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Star Wars: George Lucas’ Sequel Trilogy Would Be As Controversial As Disney’s

Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy has been met with its fair share of controversy, but it’s certainly possible that George Lucas’ plan for a new trilogy wouldn’t have been any less controversial. Though Lucas hasn’t been at the helm for years, he’s the architect of the Star Wars universe, a multi-billion dollar franchise that has spawned a long list of films, video games, cartoons, toys, and most recently, live-action TV shows like The Mandalorian.

Disney famously acquired the rights to Star Wars when it purchased Lucas’ company, Lucasfilm, in 2012. Ever since, Disney has been in control of one of the biggest movie franchises in history. Prior to Disney’s takeover, the Star Wars universe was in a very different place. The Star Wars prequel trilogy was still fresh on everyone’s minds; Clone Wars was currently on the air; and the franchise was also continuing in the form of books that took place in Star Wars‘ Expanded Universe. The movies were over, but the EU was able to dig a bit deeper into the universe by introducing new planets and characters, while simultaneously revisiting old ones.

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For the most part, the EU wasn’t wide-reaching and was rather niche, as opposed to the films, which have always been highly publicized and major topics of discussion. Things changed dramatically when Disney took the reins and released the seventh movie in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now the Star Wars universe is back to being massive. But despite the amount of success experienced by three of Disney’s four Star Wars movies, fan reactions to their creative decisions haven’t been overwhelmingly positive by any means. That being said, controversy would still be an issue if the creator of Star Wars was still calling the shots.

Fans soured on what Lucas was doing with Star Wars in the early 2000s. A great number of fans highly disapproved of the prequels, and it all began with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The movie gave the franchise its most hated character with Jar Jar Binks. Also, expectations were high, since there hadn’t been a Star Wars movie in 16 years. For this reason, a lot of fans saw the prequels as letdowns that couldn’t match the originals in terms of characters and storytelling. After the prequels, audiences were leery about the notion of more Star Wars films.

Feelings toward George Lucas and how he handled the Star Wars movies have changed in recent years. The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi have brought in billions of dollars worldwide, but they’ve brought in controversy as well. The original trio (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo) didn’t get the spotlight in the new films that fans were expecting, and the screen-time they shared – or lack thereof – was considered a disappointment. Luke Skywalker’s arc in The Last Jedi was a controversy all on its own.

The fanbase has expressed dissatisfaction with the current direction of the franchise and its disregard of Lucas’ vision, and this has brought about a new appreciation for the prequels and a change in opinion of Lucas himself. Regardless of how the prequels were received by fans, many people – though not all – have agreed on the fact that Lucas at least tried to do something different; he experimented with the story and expanded upon the franchise in numerous ways, not simply retreading past successes.

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Like the current plan for the Skywalker saga, George Lucas envisioned a nine-movie plan for his story. He wanted to tell the seventh, eighth, and ninth parts of the story after the prequels were finished but it never came to fruition. Exactly what he had in mind hasn’t been thoroughly discussed, but some details on what Lucas’ sequel trilogy would have offered have been revealed. Apparently, Lucas wanted to explore the scientific side of the Force by getting into the “microbiotic world“. The three films would have introduced creatures called the Whills who feed off the Force and control the universe. According to Lucas, the Whills use humans as vessels in order to move through the world. This is a concept that Lucas says he developed at the very beginning but never had a chance to explore in the way that he intended. This already is in stark contrast to the use of the Force in Disney’s sequel trilogy. While new Force powers have certainly been introduced, the concept of the Force hasn’t been dissected in the same way that Lucas intended.

What would have happened if Lucas had brought his vision for the next three Star Wars film to life? All things considered, the hype for the new trilogy would have been huge. One of the things that made fans so excited for Disney’s trilogy was the return of the original cast. Having Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO back in the mix was something that Star Wars fans definitely looked forward to, and something that fans would have, of course, enjoyed about Lucas’ planned sequels as well. It seems highly likely that Lucas would have continued the stories of the characters he created. Also, Lucas’ trilogy could have put much more emphasis on the existing characters than what Disney has done with their own Star Wars movies. If so, the anticipation for the sequels would have hit the roof.

The problem is that fans would still have had problems with the movies. George Lucas himself has admitted (via Collider) that fans “would have hated it, just like they did Phantom Menace“. The Star Wars fanbase has never really been sold on the idea behind the Whills, and what they mean for the series. The groundwork for this concept was laid out in The Phantom Menace with the introduction of the midichlorians, microscopic lifeforms that live inside human beings and grant access to the Force. The midichlorians are one of the most hated aspects of Star Wars, so diving even deeper into the idea wouldn’t have been a welcome direction for the franchise. People have complained that exploring the science behind the Force downplays the mystique of it all. Lucas’ bold creative decisions would have undoubtedly divided the fanbase even more.

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2019-11-10 03:11:38

Nicholas Raymond