Was anyone surprised that George Lucas, the father of Star Wars, did not take the helm of Star Wars 7. Did he have any influences on the upcoming trilogy? In a recent interview with the legendary director, he originally wanted to make the sequel until he was offered $4 Billion by Disney for the purchase of Lucasfilm and the rights to the Star Wars franchise. He gave his outlines for the new trilogy to Disney which they passed to writer Michael Arndt. Arndt tried to write the script based on Lucas’ notes.
However, Michael Arndt and director J.J. Abrams had some creative differences. The writer dropped out of the project and Lawrence Kasden co-wrote with Abrams.
Rumor has it, that Lucas’ story outlines will focus on the new and younger characters meanwhile the old characters (Leia, Han Solo and Luke) will be secondary to the story. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams wanted it the other way around, probably thinking that all of the original actors are alive and well and he can take advantage of that.
“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].”
So in other words, there wouldn’t be any George Lucas touch on the coming film. But he seems happy with passing the torch to another director and is going on in making new films outside of the force.
Source: Cinema Blend