A lot of people give credit to Disney for getting the ball rolling in terms of producing more Star Wars movies, but would you be surprised to hear that George Lucas was actually toying with the idea a short time before the Walt Disney Company came a knockin’? Well, it’s true, at least according to George Lucas’ own son, Jett Lucas.
In an interview with Flicks and the City (via Mashable), Jett Lucas lets us into the behind the scenes stuff leading up to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the production of Star Wars: Episode VII. Beginning with the revelation that his father has already working on Episode VII before Disney came calling.
“We knew probably a year prior [to the purchase] he had started writing and kind of researching, starting his whole little process,” Jett Lucas explained. “About half way through that process was when the idea of selling to Disney came up…It’s nice because he’s happiest when he’s writing and doing something with his time.”
As for his father’s feelings about letting go of his beloved franchise (and all the money that came with it), Jett said that it was harder for his father than he’d care to admit. “I knew that he was very torn on the matter, he was like a kid who had turned 18 and was ready to leave the house,” he said. “Every parent has wanted to let their children go, but they want to hold on to you.”
As for his father’s current status of involvement in all things Star Wars, Jett Lucas says that his father and Episode VII director J.J. Abrams are “constantly talking,” which suggests that Lucas is pretty active in the development of the new films. Take for that what you will.
As for details about the new trilogy, Jett Lucas didn’t offer any hints, but he did offer his endorsement. “I already know what happens. I’m happy with what’s going to happen.”
Watch the full interview here: