When George Lucas revealed that Disney rejected his concept for another Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars fans around the world immediately breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The Oscar-winning director told Cinemablend:
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…
In an unfortunate turn of events for Lucas, who has gone from film deity to cultural anathema, Disney’s decision not to humor his version of the continuation of the Star Wars franchise is welcome news to many. With Lucas’s obsessive affinity for digital cinema, over-reliance on CGI enhancement and poorly edited prequels, he has become a global punching bag for cinephiles and sci-fi geeks alike.
Hell, the man was even the antagonist of a fan documentary, The People vs. George Lucas, which chided the award-winning filmmaker for everything from his egotism to his creation of Jar Jar Binks. The documentary also proves just how far Lucas’s star has fallen.
In 2012, Disney bought LucasFilm along with all its properties. Although fans were already upset and disillusioned with Lucas, their reaction to the Disney-LucasFilm transaction was full of uncertainty. On the one hand, audiences would no longer have to put up with the way Lucas botched his prequels with muddled storytelling and shallow characters. On the other hand, Disney was still trying to reinvent itself as a film production company and was hardly known at the time for stellar films (remember Hannah Montana and Cars 2?).
Promising developments emerged soon after the sale, however. Disney brought in Lawrence Kasdan, writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and many of the original cast in a gesture of spiritual restoration to the new trilogy. Assigning J.J. Abrams, the man who successfully rebooted Star Trek, as director added further credibility.
If any doubt still lingered, Disney’s intriguing and well-polished teaser trailer calmed those fears. Fans even expressed their confidence and approval by spoofing the trailer with a George Lucas Special Edition that humorously speculated how a Lucas-made version would compare.
As long as there’s no one named “Dooku,” we should all have something exciting to look forward to.