We’ve known for quite some time that once the purchase of Lucasfilm was officially completed, Disney made the decision to say no thank you to the story treatments George Lucas had already written for Episode VII and beyond. They were going to take the franchise in a new direction and begin the development of the Sequel Trilogy with basically a clean slate.
With Entertainment Weekly having completed their exclusive coverage of The Last Jedi, Anthony Breznican took the time to remind readers of a comment made several months ago by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy during Celebration Orlando when asked if Lucas is involved/consulted at all in the story development of Disney’s new Star Wars saga films.
Since The Last Jedi will take fans on a journey to the primitive first temple of the Force-wielding order, it seems like a good time to revisit a comment Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made to EW at this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
Kennedy, who has known and worked with Lucas since their Raiders of the Lost Ark days, was asked if he still offers input into the films and stories being developed.
“Not really,” she said. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”
It may not be much, and who knows how many (if any) suggestions from Lucas Disney applies to their films, but just knowing Lucas is still on the periphery of the Star Wars universe makes me happy.