George Lucas Ruins Disney’s Star Wars Surprise
In a move akin to blowing out your sister’s birthday candles at her own party, George Lucas went above Disney and announced the return of the three biggest leads in the upcoming Star Wars movie—Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. That's probably why he's making this face.
ScreenCrush reported Thursday that the stars that played Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, respectively, will all feature in the upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ directed by J.J. Abrams.
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison -- or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on,’” Lucas blurted in a Bloomberg Businessweek interview.
But it seems Lucas either didn’t quite understand the protocol or still thinks his 36-year-old baby is still his to boss around. Disney acquired Lucasfilm at the end of October. Either way, the daddy of droids jedis then retracted his statement and tried quite unsuccessfully to cover his tracks.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to say that,” the filmmaker said. “I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-dee-do, but we were negotiating with them [before the acquisition]. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
So Abrams has his work cut out for him; a franchise that’s bound to rake in millions even if it’s total crap (See: the prequels trilogy), the backing of one of the biggest studios out there, and a cast every fanboy has been salivating to see reunited for decades.
Abrams said he wants to make a film that “touches people,” which is kind of a weird since you’d figure with all that force energy and laser fire flying around, no one would need to actually touch anyone anymore.
The ‘Episode VII’ director has already completed work on ‘Star Trek: Into the Darkness,’ which premiers in May, and is set to embark on the creation of a biography on the life of speed junkie (among other things) Lance Armstrong. But given the unchecked megalomania of Lucas and its effect on the most recent trilogy, Disney and Abrams should be careful about whom they invite to this party.