George Lucas: Hey I have some ideas for the new Star Wars film.
Disney: lol no
Ok, so maybe it didn’t happen quite like that but Walt Disney Studios did in fact brush George Lucas aside when he brought his vision for Episode 7 to the table. In yesterday’s interview with CinemaBlend, Lucas explained that Disney had no interest in using his concepts for the upcoming sequel preferring to explore entirely new concepts instead. This may come as no surprise to bitter fans of the most powerful sci-fi franchise in modern media, as Lucas’s work on the poorly received Episodes I-III saw a dramatic decline in his popularity within geek culture.
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] – George Lucas
There are conflicting statements however, suggesting that Disney did not simply ignore all ideas from Lucas and likely kept many of his concepts in the film. Blog site BigShinyRobot refers to a statement from Star Wars creative consultant Simon Kinberg on this issues specifically.
It depends from movie-to-movie, is the answer. But it’s definitely a part of the planning of all the different movies and it was something that I was exposed to from the beginning of the process.
– Simon Kinberg
In other news, Latino-Review is claiming that we’ll be getting a new trailer “soon”.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases December 18th, 2015.