Our friends at Jedi News pointed us towards a video where Cinemablend is interviewing George Lucas during the press tour for Strange Magic couldn’t resist asking him about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When pressing about how Lucas planned on developing the seventh installment before selling his company, George answered by saying,
The ones that I sold to Disney and everything, they come up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own…. It’s not the ones that I originally wrote.
Back when Michael Arndt was working on the script, we knew he was working off of Lucas’ treatments, and there was some question of whether those original stories were still the basis of The Force Awakens once Lawrence Kasdan assumed writing duties. We’ve been led to believe they were, and that only some of the details of how things progress from Point A to Point B were changed. This new quote from George Lucas seems to fly into the face of that, but it’s difficult to really know when dealing with what George says. At one point, there were twelve Star Wars movies, then nine, then six and there were never going to be more, and now there will be more. It could be as simple as “They aren’t doing the story the way I’d have done the story, so they aren’t mine,” or it really could mean that everything he worked on was scrapped, and The Force Awakens is entirely a Kathleen Kennedy/JJ Abrams/Lawrence Kasdan/story group film. When it comes to what George says, all I can usually think is, “You’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”