Since the announcement that there’s going to be a Star Wars Episode VII, the speculation as to whether or not original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher might return in some capacity. At various points in the last six months we’ve had some kind of formal or informal confirmation, from studio sources or the stars themselves, that they’re either in negotiations or have already signed up.
The real status of things is a big, fat question mark though, so let’s go to someone who should know better: Star Wars creator George Lucas. In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week about the Disney/Lucasfilm merger, the big, bearded man himself weighed in on the subject of bringing back the Big Three.
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” reveals Lucas. “So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”
Interesting, so Disney wanted to make sure that they had their ducks more or less in a row before holding the press conference. Understandable, it would be crazy not to have them in a Star Wars film that takes place after Return of the Jedi, and they knew that fanboys would ask… Although Lucas adds, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
In other news, Lucas was asked about his role in the production of the new films. J.J. Abrams is directing and Michael Arndt is writing the script, but throughout the process it seems that Lucas will be helping the cross their t’s and dot their i’s. “I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,’ ” he explains. “You know, ‘The cars don’t have wheels. They fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, ‘He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.’ I know all that stuff.”
I think a lot of us are of the opinion that the less George Lucas involvement in the film, the better.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie