By Tina Giuliano
PHOENIX – Star Wars fans across the world be thankful that George Lucas didn’t have free reign over the Star Wars sequel trilogy because Lucas had some more terrible and odd ideas for his iconic film series.
Let’s start things off on a positive note though. Lucas created three iconic films during the 70’s and 80’s – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. And to this day, they are regarded as the best of the best among Star Wars fans.
Sure, we all hated the changes he made to the films in the 1997 special edition re-release (Han will always shoot first) and the creation of Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy, but our love for the films is far from fading.
But for episodes 7-9, Lucas had a different vision.
He wanted to introduce little force-feeding creatures called the Whills, which are actually the ones controlling the universe. But his vision didn’t align with what Disney wanted for the films.
In an interview for a companion book for the AMC series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction Lucas said, “Of course, a lot of fans would have hated it. Just like they did Phantom Menace and everything, but at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.”
As far as I've seen, these are the first specifics George Lucas has shared about what his vision of Episodes 7-9 would have been. This comes from @insighteditions awesome companion book to "James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction series" on AMC: pic.twitter.com/Wtlw8zlrqv
— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
The Whills’ storyline is one of many changes Lucas wanted to make if he still owned Lucasfilm, which he sold to Disney in 2012.
Disney has confirmed that J.J. Abrams is on board to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set to release in 2019.