Make George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode 7, 8, and 9
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“I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker, he’s not my Luke Skywalker.”
Mark Hamill pretty much sums up how many of us if not most of us original Star Wars fans felt when we watched The Last Jedi. That's not the Luke Skywalker we knew. Just like in The Force Awakens, I felt Han Solo wasn't the Han Solo I grew up with. I understand that Harrison Ford wanted Han to die, but getting stabbed with a light saber and falling into a pit never seemed right for the character. He should have gone down with the Millennium Falcon and/or Chewbacca. What Disney did just doesn’t feel right.
And that's really the problem with the Disney Star Wars. It feels like they have an agenda with the characters from the original Star Wars, like there was a corporate board meeting where they came to the conclusion that all of George Lucas characters need to die off as soon as possible without any thought to the personality or back story of the characters.
It seems that Disney is in such a hurry to establish their own created characters that they just want to be done with the Lucas characters as fast as possible. The theme of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi is to kill the past. Obviously seems like that was a mandate from the higher ups at Disney to get rid of these George Lucas created characters.
And I get it. They want their own creative ideas to move forward but at the cost of these original characters that many of us have loved and felt like we knew them for a big part of our lives is just thoughtless and cold. Disney either couldn't care less what Star Wars fans think or they think we are stupid.
As Mark Hamill states:
“I said to Rian, ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if [Luke] had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference.
But it’s not my story anymore, it’s somebody else’s story and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective. That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry.”
“Well, in this version…see, I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars, this is the next generation of Star Wars. I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s ‘Jake Skywalker,’ he’s not my Luke Skywalker. But I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well. Listen, I still haven’t accepted it completely, but, it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset. I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man they needed for this job.”
"When I read 8, I told Rian [Johnson, the writer-director], 'I fundamentally disagree with virtually everything you've decided about my character'," Hamill said during an ABC interview.
Mark points out that this Luke is a different character. He's not the same one he played in the original trilogy and that he fundamentally disagrees with just about everything about this new Luke Skywalker. Most of us fans have felt that same disconnect that Mark has with this new Luke. We as Star Wars fans can look at it this way. This new Luke Skywalker is not the Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy. He is an impostor! He’s not the real Luke.
George Lucas always pointed out that Star Wars was meant to be a tale told from the point of view of two droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO). We see how Disney is so eager to replace Lucas' characters even the droids, that they included BB8 which is obviously meant to replace R2D2. I am not sure why they couldn't just leave R2D2 in that role since the spirit of these movies was always meant to be from R2-D2 and C-3PO perspectives. And that might be a big part of why these movies feel so off. Again, this all comes back to Disney not caring about these characters and wanting more control by pushing Star Wars down the path to Disney created characters.
All this has made me think “what if George Lucas made episode 7 and 8”. Or at least his version of episodes 7 and 8 were made based on the direction he wanted to go. What would they be like? How would they have kept the legacy of the characters that he put so much time into creating? I believe we as fans would have had a much better conclusion to these character’s stories because it would have been made in the direction of care from the person who created them.
We have bits and pieces of what George's episode 7 and 8 might be(see the treatments below). Lucas revealed that ultimately, Disney chose not to use his story treatments which he had written and turned over with the acquisition, and that the company chose to create brand new stories for the upcoming movies instead: "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”.
George's episode 7, 8 and 9 had the following elements:
1) Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s.
2) Where about "Vader's grandchildren", potentially in their teenage years.
3) Focused on Luke Skywalker's journey to becoming the premier Jedi Knight.
4) R2-D2 and C-3PO would be the only characters who might continue through out all nine films
5) It's like a saga, the story of a group of people, a family, the Skywalker family.
6) Luke would have a romantic relationship with a female love interest.
7) The main theme of the trilogy would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned.
8) The key actors, Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Ford as Han Solo, and Fisher as Princess Leia, would appear.
9) In Episode 9, Hamill would cameo, "like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope"
10) What happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal no one really knows and he becomes more of a myth and legend over time.
11) An older Luke Skywalker. Luke exiled himself to a remote location where the first Jedi temple existed decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
12) A female young Jedi padawan named Kira.
13) A bell-shaped design for the first Jedi temple, as designed by VFX art director James Clyne.
14) Luke would have started off as reluctant to train Kira, albeit trough the film he would have a change of heart and eventually agree to train her.
15) Rey was originally named Kira and was supposed to be Han and Leia's daughter
16) Finn's character was originally not a defected stormtrooper but was supposed to be Luke's son.
17) There was supposed to be a character called the Jedi Killer who was hunting down and attacking the members of Luke's Jedis in training. He was affiliated with the Neo-Empire/Imperial Remnant.
18) The movie was supposed to go to Felucia at one point.
19) The final sequence in terms of acquiring the map to Luke was supposed to feature Kira diving into an ocean or lake in Endor to navigate through the DSII ruins and find the Emperor's throne room. In here they would find the clue or map that would lead them to Luke.
These potential plot points sound like the direction we wanted to see even if George's episodes 7, 8 and 9 are only as good as episodes 1, 2, and 3. They would still do these characters justice and I would take that over The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
I feel like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi should have come after episode 9 as episodes 10 and 11. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi aren't terrible movies or stories(it needs to be explained why Rey is so amazing at everything with no training though) they just ruin everything about these characters we loved so much from the original trilogy and there is no reason to justify that. Disney just couldn't wait to be done with these characters.
Here is why George Lucas' versions of episodes 7, 8 and 9 is important. George Lucas created Star Wars, it's his stories and ideas. Taking him out of it is like having someone other than J. K. Rowling write the last two Harry Potter books. It wouldn't have the same feel or voice behind it and would feel wrong. Would you still call it a Harry Potter book at that point? No.
I do question if The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi should even be called Star Wars movies. Maybe side stories or stories that takes place after George's episodes 7, 8 and 9 are finished. Episodes 1 through 9 are the Skywalker saga and the heart of that is George Lucas. That saga should finish with him at the very least be made with his story direction in mind.
We as fans could help make George Lucas' versions of episodes 7, 8 and 9. There are tens of millions of fans and if we each put in even half of what we spend on the ticket price for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi it would be more than enough and if we share and spread this around.
George Lucas himself said he took The Phantom Menace too far. He has learned from the past and I believe if he did a new trilogy it would be better.
Here is the plan to help make George Lucas' versions of episodes 7, 8 and 9:
Both George Lucas and Mark Hamill have voiced their concerns over The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. If we came to them with funding from fans they would take a good look at the possibility of helping with this. I have connects to Disney through Lyric Street Records and I will be able to contact the right people to get something done.
Read George's Treatments here:
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