George Lucas Says Disney Didn’t Want His Star Wars Ideas

Disney Takes Control of Star Wars Storylines From George Lucas
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There is a huge buzz of anticipation surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a recent interview with CinemaBlend Lucas has revealed that none of the ideas he sold to them for the franchise are being used.

Originally George Lucas had planned to direct the film, and further episodes, himself, but that idea was shelved when he realised it would mean essentially giving up another 10 years or so of his life to the movies. Being at a time in his life where he appreciated  that “… time is more important to me than the money” and a timely offer from the Disney Corporation, Lucas felt it was a good time to hand over the helm.

In his interview Lucas has said, “The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].”

But this is not the last we will hear from the legendary director. 70 year old Lucas is returning to movies with the soon to be released animation film Strange Magic. Lucas is the producer and writer for the Gary Rydstrom film about Goblins, Elves, Fairies and Imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood are among the voice talents. Lucas says this one is a “film for 12-year-old girls.” 

He is also saying that we can expect his future work to be more “experimental” films as he called them but that he is unlikely to release them to the general public.

As for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we know that Oscar Isaac plays an X-Wing pilot named Poe Dameron, John Boyega plays a fleeing Stormtrooper (or is that someone disguised as a Stormtrooper?), Daisy Ridley’s character is Rey who knows how to ride a Speeder, and there is also a new Sith named Kylo Ren as well as a new droid named BB-8. We can of course, also look forward to seeing stalwarts Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia back on our screens.

Watch the teaser trailer here.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open on December 18 2015

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