George Lucas wanted the third Star Wars trilogy to get into the world of the Whills (UPDATE: the complete excerpt from the interview)



Here’s a longer excerpt from “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” (2018) where George Lucas talks about his intention to put the Whills in Episodes VII, VIII and IX.


Thanks to Alexrd for sharing this.

Here’s an older quote from Lucas in Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (1997), about the Journal of the Whills:

“Originally, I was trying to have the story be told by somebody else; there was somebody watching this whole story and recording it, somebody probably wiser than the mortal players in the actual events. I eventually dropped this idea, and the concepts behind the Whills turned into the Force. But the Whills became part of this massive amount of notes, quotes, background information that I used for the scripts; the stories were actually taken from the Journal of the Whills.”

Qui-Gon mentioned “a Shaman of the Whills” in this deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith.


On the isolated asteroid of Polis Massa, YODA meditates.

YODA: Failed to stop the Sith Lord, I have. Still much to learn, there is …

QUI -GON: (V.O.) Patience. You will have time. I did not. When I became one with the Force I made a great discovery. With my training, you will be able to merge with the Force at will. Your physical self will fade away, but you will still retain your consciousness. You will become more powerful than any Sith.

YODA: Eternal consciousness.

QUI-GON: (V.O.) The ability to defy oblivion can be achieved, but only for oneself. It was accomplished by a Shaman of the Whills. It is a state acquired through compassion, not greed.

YODA: . . . to become one with the Force, and influence still have . . . A power greater than all, it is.

QUI-GON: (V.O.) You will learn to let go of everything. No attachment, no thought of self. No physical self.

YODA: A great Jedi Master, you have become, Qui-Gon Jinn. Your apprentice I gratefully become.

YODA thinks about this for a minute, then BAIL ORGANA enters the room and breaks his meditation.

BAIL ORGANA: Excuse me, Master Yoda. Obi-Wan Kenobi has made contact.


When George Lucas abandoned Star Wars because of fan harassment, film journalists were fine with it


Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran reportedly deleted her Instagram posts because of fan harassment. Many film journalists and bloggers are now loudly supporting her. Tran shouldn’t trust them too much, though. As soon as she does a movie they hate, most of them won’t care if she’s harassed anymore.

When George Lucas made the Prequels and altered the Original Trilogy, many fans went nuts. Some compared the creator of Star Wars to a rapist. Others fantasized about killing him. It went on for many years. In January 2012, Lucas finally announced that he would retire from Lucasfilm and the movie business.

“Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the “Star Wars” movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

Later in the year, he sold Lucasfilm to Disney and chose Kathleen Kennedy to take over and supervize the future Star Wars movies.

“It was fine before the Internet,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek following the Lucasfilm sale. “But now . . . it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”

(source: Vanity Fair)

You’ll hardly find articles condemning the endless bashing of George Lucas. Most film journalists and bloggers were fine with it. At that time, they agreed with the infuriated fans on the Prequels and the Special Editions, so they chose to tolerate all their excesses.

Check out the previous posts about the harassment of Ahmed Best and Newsweek’s poor behaviour towards Jake Lloyd.

George Lucas “really likes” Solo: A Star Wars Story, according to writer Lawrence Kasdan


From Variety:

Spoiler Warning: If you have not seen “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and want to avoid spoilers, then you do NOT want to read this story. Come back to it after you see the film. […]

Case in point: Han Solo shooting first. When George Lucas altered the original “Star Wars” in 1997 to depict Harrison Ford’s scruffy-looking smuggler firing on the alien Greedo in self-defense, rather than preemptively dispensing with a threat, fans lost their minds. It was an affront, the neutering of a badass.

As recently as 2015, Lucas was still defending his decision. To him, Solo was a cowboy in the John Wayne mold, therefore honorable. The hero has to let the villain have the first shot. In a mano-a-mano, Western shoot-out sense, that tracks. But while Solo may be archetypal on one hand, on the other, he is a sui generis creation that fits no mold.

The new film, directed by Ron Howard and written by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, aims to set the record straight once and for all. Throughout “Solo,” the eponymous space cowboy’s mentor Tobias Beckett (played by Woody Harrelson) warns him in no uncertain terms: Trust no one.

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George Lucas’ small contribution to Solo: A Star Wars Story revealed


From Variety:

“The hand of George Lucas, too, happens to be present in [Solo: A Star Wars Story], in a romantically charged scene between [Alden] Ehrenreich and [Emilia] Clarke staged in Lando’s cape closet. There was a beat when Han takes Qi’ra’s cloak, hangs it up and moves on to his next bit of business. But Lucas had a note, if he could be so bold.

“He said, ‘You know, Han wouldn’t bother to hang it up,’” Howard says. “And then he sort of did it. George became Han Solo for a second. The body language was there and the attitude. Not only was it a nice accent on the scene, but it was also a reminder that George created this character and really understood him. He was so reluctant [to offer his opinion], and yet the choice was so right that it was fun to use it.””

Japanese Shorts Festival Rebrands Top Prize in Honor of George Lucas


From Variety:

“Japan’s leading short film festival, The Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, is to rename its top prize in honor of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. The festival, which celebrates its 20th iteration this year, announced the move Monday to mark the director’s 74th birthday.

The winner of the George Lucas Award, selected from about 10,000 entries from more than 130 countries, will be announced at the festival’s awards ceremony June 17.

“Thinking back on the beginnings of this fantastic film festival, my short film acted as an invitation to my first steps as a filmmaker,” said Lucas in a message to festival founder and director Tetsuya Bessho. “For this memorable occasion, I would like to send my hearty cheers to the filmmakers of the next generation who have started in short films like me and introduce the newly named SSFF & Asia Grand-Prix as the George Lucas Award!”

Lucas’ 1967 short film “Electric Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB,” which he made while at the University of Southern California’s film school and which would form the basis for his feature debut, “THX 1138,” screened at the first ever SSFF & Asia and will once again feature in this year’s anniversary lineup. Lucas attended the reception of the first festival at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in 1999 while in Japan to promote “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

The Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia is one of the region’s largest international short film festivals and a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. The 2018 edition runs June 4-24.”

Here is some footage of George Lucas’ visit to the set of Solo : A Star Wars Story

In the lastest installment of The Star Wars Show, Solo : A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard talks about George Lucas’ visit to the set. You can also see some footage (at 5:50).

So your history with George [Lucas] and with Lucasfilm dates all the way back to American Graffiti. What was it like working with Lucasfilm again and having George on set while you were making this film?

George came and visited on day one and he doesn’t hang around…

No pressure.

[Laughs] Well, no pressure. In fact, I felt nothing but supported. It was great to have him there. I was even kind of prodding him and he finally gave me a good idea about a little Han Solo behavior. So we can even say he pitched in. He’s always shown a lot of confidence in me and his support has meant a lot over my career. His friendship means everything.


Clip: “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction Master Class: George Lucas”

“George Lucas talks about how Star Wars was influenced by the Vietnam War.”

About James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction:

“From the acclaimed filmmaker behind legendary sci-fi films The TerminatorAliensThe AbyssTerminator 2: Judgment Day and Avatar, this documentary series explores the evolution of sci-fi from its origins as a small genre with a cult following to the blockbuster pop-cultural phenomenon we know today. In each episode, James Cameron introduces one of the “Big Questions” that humankind has contemplated throughout the ages and reaches back into sci-fi’s past to better understand how our favorite films, TV shows, books, and video games were born, Cameron and his contemporaries – Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and many more who have helped fuel sci-fi’s spectacular growth over the last several decades – debate the merits, meanings, and impacts of the films and novels that influenced them and discuss where the genre — and our species — might be going in the future.”