“star wars”: george lucas sheds light on future of franchise
Since the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney last year, the only steady stream of official information about any new “Star Wars” movies has come from a lengthy interview with George Lucas and new president Kathleen Kennedy, which was released in short clips periodically on YouTube. The topics of conversation ranged from how Kennedy and Lucas first met to juicier items like what the future holds for the company.
Now, the fifth and final segment of the conversation is online, and it features the current and former heads of Lucasfilm discussing the transition into the next phase of the company. While they don’t come out and say who’s directing “Episode VII” — though they really should — hearing what Kennedy has to say about the future should please concerned fans.
We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting quotes from each segment to give you a sense of the main points of the talk.
Plans for the Future of “Star Wars”
“We are absolutely going to make [more ‘Star Wars’] movies, and we’re in the midst of the really fun part of the process, which is we’re sitting down with a couple of writers, and we’re starting to discuss ideas, and we’re starting to talk about what those stories might be.” — Kathleen Kennedy
What They’re Looking for in a Director
“Enthusiasm. Obviously, having a sense of how to tell stories within complex worlds like this. There are many people who sprang to mind — writers and directors — that I’ve worked with in the past that I’m really excited to bring into the fold on this. I think we have a unique opportunity to go after some incredibly talented people.” — Kennedy
On Choosing Kennedy for the Job
“It’s just such a perfect fit because she actually has all of the qualities that are necessary to run a company like this and make it great.” — George Lucas
“The Essence of Star Wars”
“It’s about good and evil in us and our institutions and the idea that some of us think we’re really great people, but in the real world, we’re not. We’re terrible people. You run your life in a very selfish way, and you think you’re doing good when you’re actually not. At the same time, how do democracies turn back into dictatorships?” — Lucas
On Transitioning Control
“There are things that I want to preserve in the spirit of this company as it moves into Disney. I think it’s vitally important to anything we create that we hold onto the spirit of what started all of this.” — Kennedy