Abrams, Chris Terrio and Kathleen Kennedy sat down with the maker for the benefit of his thoughts
In 2012, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm brought George Lucas‘ involvement in the events of the galaxy far, far away to end, and despite having a plethora of ideas for a sequel saga, Disney decided to ignore the story planned out by the maker and forged their own path. The result was a global haul of over $4.5 billion dollars following the astronomical success of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
However, the divisive reaction to Rian Johnson‘s take on the Star Wars mythos proved to be a turning point, one which forced the powers that be to rethink the release strategy and with the finale of the Skywalker saga looming, J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio and Kathleen Kennedy met with George Lucas to secure the benefit of his thoughts before penning the screenplay for The Rise of Skywalker.
In a recent interview, Kennedy stated:
“We sat down with George [Lucas] for a long meeting before we ever put pen to paper on this final episode, so we had the benefit of his thoughts. We took a lot of notes. For something that’s been here for 40 years entertaining audiences, and something that George initially set out to do with a kind of three-act saga with these three trilogies, I think we felt that we should honour and respect that.”
Now, whether or not any of George’s pointers actually made it into The Rise of Skywalker remains to be seen, however, just the thought of the beaded one being on hand to bring the ship home is sure to fill fans with confidence that the saga will end in the greatest of fashions. It seems only fitting that “the maker” has returned to the franchise to help bring the Skywalker saga to a close after originating the space opera back in 1977.
I guess we’ll all find out how much influence he had next month when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas from December 19th.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly