From Entertainment Weekly:
“Despite his retirement, the godfather of Star Wars still weighs in occasionally about the new films.
And George Lucas has one main area of interest: the Jedi.
Since The Last Jedi will take fans on a journey to the primitive first temple of the Force-wielding order, it seems like a good time to revisit a comment Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made to EW at this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
Kennedy, who has known and worked with Lucas since their Raiders of the Lost Ark days, was asked if he still offers input into the films and stories being developed.
“Not really,” she said. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.” […]
Lucas, who sold his company to Disney in a $4 billion deal in 2012, has occasionally visited the sets of the films, but Rogue One director Gareth Edwards said his suggestions were limited to jokes and encouragement to not “screw up.”
Although his original story treatments for where the saga might go have gone largely unused, Kennedy said some of the broader ideas are still providing the foundation, like handing off the heroism to a new group of characters.
“I think he’s starting to settle into this and just be a fan,” she said. “It’s taken a while. It’s hard to let go, after 40 years. That’s a lot of expectation and things he thought a lot about. Suddenly that next generation, that whole thematic idea he came up with, is in process.””
Michael Siglain is creative director at Lucasfilm Publishing.
J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was initially scheduled for release in October 2016, but Lucasfilm eventually canceled it. The book was to reveal some of George Lucas’ original ideas for the sequel trilogy.
“You know what the new Star Wars trilogy could use a dose of? The prequels.
At least, that’s the sure-to-be controversial argument Heat Vision contributor Chris Hartwell makes in a recent video essay he created for Schmoes Know.
At the crux of Hartwell’s essay is a deep dive on the podracing scene from Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace — which does put the sequence in a new light. Though some might declare its buildup dull, Hartwell points out it all builds to quite a crescendo, with real stakes — and it’s all testament to George Lucas’ directing prowess.
The video was was created before Star Wars Celebration and the revelation of Last Jedi teaser trailer. So would Hartwell change his argument now that the trailer has dropped? Not exactly.
“Nearly every castmember made it a point, at The Last Jedi’s Star Wars Celebration panel, to mention the brilliance of Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII script. Even before that though, I knew that we had nothing to worry about when it came to the filmmaker’s screenwriting abilities,” says Hartwell. “His previous films — Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper — all have proven that he knows how to construct a compelling narrative and strong dialogue. With that said however, none of films have required Johnson to construct a large-scale action set piece like those found in a Star Wars film. As such, I hope that the director was wise enough to learn from a master of action sequences: George Lucas — yes, even his work on the prequels.”
Check out his essay below:”
Source : The Hollywood Reporter.
“FILM NEGATIVE: With Star Wars Celebration around the corner, special guest Chris Hartwell dissects the Star Wars prequels and how the future films can learn from them.”