George Lucas is still heavily involved in Star Wars: Episode VII

“He’s constantly talking to J.J.”

When Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise and placed J.J. Abrams at the helm of Episode VII, it was unclear whether George Lucas would still be actively connected to the series.

However, according to his son Jett, Lucas had long been working on a new series of Star Wars films, and remains heavily involved in the next outing in the galaxy far, far away.

“We knew probably a year prior [to the sale to Disney], he had started writing and researching, starting his whole little process,” says Lucas Jr. in an interview with Flicks And The City.

“He’s constantly talking to J.J.,” he continues. “Obviously J.J. was handpicked. [Lucas] is there to guide, whenever, he’ll help where he can. At the same time, he wants to let it go and become its new generation.”

Sounds like he’s on call as a consultant should Abrams need any advice, which makes sense, given that the entire universe is his baby. Although don’t necessarily expect Abrams to be talked into a Jar-Jar revival any time soon…

Star Wars: Episode VII
will arrive in cinemas in 2015.

What do you think of Lucas's involvement? Tell us, below!

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    • ilikescifi

      Oct 9th 2013, 10:38

      yeah duh, hey remember that time steven spielberg directed Poltergeist?

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    • dangoodfellow

      Oct 9th 2013, 11:17

      i think we're allright, Abrams is a fan of Star Wars, so there's no way he'll actually implement any of Lucas' ideas.

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    • smellyhands

      Oct 9th 2013, 11:50

      Somebodys got to say it. So here it goes......... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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    • illkillyoulast

      Oct 9th 2013, 12:38

      "yo george, it's JJ here" "you want a "comedy" alien with a funny/slightly racist accent?" "you want a cute, annoying kid?" "you want clunky dialogue?" "whatever you say george"

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    • crystakura

      Oct 9th 2013, 14:41

      Meesa tinkin you all no liking dis very much.

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    • dex2010

      Oct 9th 2013, 17:11

      It's funny that a lot of fans can't stand Lucas! But love the world of Star Wars that HE! created!!!!!!

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 9th 2013, 19:17

      Please god keep him as far away as possible.

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    • Indianabones

      Oct 9th 2013, 22:01

      While I appreciate this is 'his' world, I have a huge feeling starwars would be a completely different film if Lucas had as much control over the original films as he had with the Prequels! I'd imagine working to a stricter budget and answering to bigger people kept him in check! still he deserves some respect for the originals

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    • MormonMovieGuy

      Oct 10th 2013, 4:01

      Not anything to worry about. He works best in this kind of role anyway. Empire, Raiders, Return of the Jedi, etc, were all films Lucas was a creative force behind, but didn't write or direct.

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    • Vnofd5

      Oct 16th 2013, 22:30

      Lucas works best like this. And I quite like the idea of Abrams having a mentor... in Star Trek especially you could see he got a little over enthusiastic at certain parts.

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    • eoincoffey

      Jul 25th 2014, 15:03

      I'm so bored of comments by so called Star Wars fans that constantly moan about Lucas' role in the saga he created from scratch (A fairly successful saga by all accounts). The constant citing of CGI is also tedious. I'm sure many of these critics would be surprised how much of the prequels wasn't CGI but was in fact models. The CGI wasn't the problem in my opinion, the scripts were bad (And the less said about JarJar the better) and I suspect the finished products were largely systematic of a culture of sycophantic producers and creatives who didn't dare to question George or offer him the proper feedback he needed. He had a lot on his shoulders and messed up, he is human afterall. My main gripe with the prequels was the utter lack of humour (Harrison Ford sorely missed). On the subject of CGI, ILM pioneered the use of digital and CGI and as a result a lot of their pioneering work looks dated. I challenge anyone to watch Dawn of the Planet of The Apes and tell me that there's too much CGi. That movie looks incredible. The important thing in any movie is the story and the telling of it, not the techniques used to put it on screen. In the prequels the performances were all flat and lifeless and I'm sure the over proliferation of green screen sets didn't help but let's not chuck the baby out with the bathwater. Also people that believe George had less say in 'Empire' and 'Jedi' are deluded, he wrote the story arc and personally funded ever cent of the production of all of them

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