George Lucas was planning Star Wars: Episode VII a year before the LucasFilm sale
George Lucas' son Jett Lucas recently gave an interview where he revealed that his father had been working on Star Wars: Episode VII a year before he sold LucasFilm to Disney, news which Jett Lucas first heard about during a casual dinnertime phone conversation with his father.
"We knew probably a year prior (to the purchase) he had started writing and kind of researching, starting his whole little process. 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."
Back in December, we reported that George Lucas will serve as a creative consultant on this highly-anticipated sequel. Jett Lucas elaborated on his father's role in the new trilogy, revealing he has been in constant communication with director J.J. Abrams, but only as a guiding presence.
"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. Every parent has wanted to let their children go, but they want to hold on to you. I think he's ready to let it go and let it grow. He's constantly talking with J.J. (Abrams). Here's there to guide, and he will help where he can, but at the same time, he wants to let it go, with a new generation."
"I already know what happens. I'm happy with what's going to happen. I would like to see it follow a new generation. I'm not saying that's what's going to happen, but I'm saying that's what I would like. To me, these next movies are about the next generation, and the prequels were about a new generation and the originals were for that generation. I think following a new generation and a new group of heroes and villains, I think that's the right move to make."
"It would be awesome. Who doesn't want to see Han Solo cruise through on the Falcon again? At the same time, maybe he's teaching his son how to drive on it? I don't know. It would be great to see them don the costumes. I would nerd out, definitely."
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt. Production is scheduled to begin early next year at Pinewood Studios in London. You can check out the entire 13-minute video below.