December 27, 2018, was a melancholy day on Star Wars Twitter as fans remembered Carrie Fisher on the second anniversary of her passing.
With that somber backdrop, this morning I received a pretty uplifting note from ABC’s Clayton Sandell, who pointed me toward an interview he did with Todd Fisher, Carrie Fisher’s brother, for GoodMorningAmerica.com.
No one’s ever really gone. Two years after Carrie Fisher died — followed the next day by her mother Debbie Reynolds — her brother says fans can expect more future surprises from the iconic “Star Wars” princess-turned-general, writer and comedian.
“We have a lot of her artifacts, and a lot of things of hers that she’s written that will someday be shared. There’s a lot more to come from Carrie,” Todd Fisher told ABC News.
And, as we know, some of what’s to be shared will be in Star Wars: Episode IX.
“There’s a lot of minutes of footage. I don’t mean just outtakes,” Todd Fisher told Sandell. “This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.”
“We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything,” he added. “But we’re thrilled at what’s been done.”
The weight of the experience of reminiscing about Carrie with her brother is not lost on even a seasoned reporter like Sandell.
“Speaking with Todd is always wonderful and bittersweet,” he explained. “Here’s a guy who lost both his sister and his mom within days of each other, but he’s still a remarkably upbeat guy who is so dedicated to keeping their memories and legacies alive. And I think what helps him cope is that there are so many millions of fans around the world who let him know just how much Carrie and Debbie meant to them.”
That sentiment was echoed by Leia’s on-screen brother Mark Hamill:
“We talked about how he ’s surrounded by things like their old costumes and props that bring back good memories,” added Sandell speaking of his time talking with Todd. “He also told me just how excited and thrilled the family is with the plans J.J. Abrams has come up with to work in unused footage of Carrie from TFA and TLJ.”
And, with that said, all of us can look toward next December, confident that J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm have the legacy of Carrie Fisher in mind as they prepare Episode IX.
“He thinks fans will love it,” concluded Sandell.