George Lucas Clarifies His Role As "Consultant" On The New STAR WARS Trilogy

George Lucas Clarifies His Role As "Consultant" On The New STAR WARS Trilogy

George Lucas talks more about his role as "Consultant" on Star Wars Episode VII and comments on those Steven Spielberg rumors. We also have the fourth instalment in the series of video interviews with Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, titled: "Reflecting on the Star Wars Phenomenon". Check it out!

Access Hollywood managed to get a few words with George Lucas at the Governor's Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday and quizzed him on what exactly his role as "Consultant" means for Star Wars Episode VII and beyond. After the mostly disastrous prequels, many fans have met the idea of Lucas having ANY involvement with the new movies with a great deal of trepidation (despite him creating the beloved universe and characters). "[If the filmmakers ask],‘Who’s this guy?’ I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.’" In other words, "Basically I’m not — I don’t really have much to do," he added. As for those recent reports about Steven Spielberg helming Episode VII, Lucas was also quick to dismiss the idea, stating: "I’m pretty sure he’d never want to do that!"

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DaenerysTargaryen - 12/3/2012, 3:19 PM
George not involved a lot? Well...this movie hasn't even begun filming and I already like it :)
Hellsboy - 12/3/2012, 3:19 PM
im not even a star wars fan but seriously george GTFO before you hurt yourself
UrbanKnight - 12/3/2012, 3:19 PM
Agree with Mr. Lucas
HellsHammer - 12/3/2012, 3:25 PM
George Lucas. Lol.
HavocPrime - 12/3/2012, 3:32 PM
As much as I love, and priase George for the Star Wars universe, I am so [frick]ing glad he has no real power in it's direction now.
campblood - 12/3/2012, 3:37 PM
@ClaireLannister2016: couldn't have said it better myself!
Preston - 12/3/2012, 3:39 PM
When asked if he’d give his blessing for Steven to direct a “Star Wars” film if the director ever has a change of heart.

Lucas doesn't say, "Yes."

Lucas said, “I don’t think he’d want to.”

Well that sounds like he wouldn't give Steven Spielberg his blessing.

TheAbomination - 12/3/2012, 3:45 PM
Shut up and go away, George.
Spidey91 - 12/3/2012, 3:46 PM
Disney: hey George,these are our ideas for the new movie,what do you think?
George: I really like them.
Disney: good,we will do the opposite then.

themcdougalbugle - 12/3/2012, 3:49 PM
The force is strong with this one.
NeoBaggins - 12/3/2012, 4:13 PM
That's okay, sport. Just sit this one out completely.
NeoBaggins - 12/3/2012, 4:34 PM
"Episode 3 was without a doubt the second best Star Wars ever behind Empire"

Without a doubt? Episode 3 is the best prequel episode out of the prequels by default. It's just better than the previous two films. The tone of EP3 is where the prequels should have STARTED.

The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Revenge of the Sith
Attack of the Clones
the great depression of 99

And I've seen the animated movie.
fawfulmark2 - 12/3/2012, 4:50 PM

yep, E1 is definitely the worst(used to hate E2 more, but now...ugh). and somehow it got even worse with age(so it's the opposite of Episode 4,which got better).
pointman - 12/3/2012, 5:12 PM
The lucas hating is getting old. Sure he missed the mark on some things, but this is his baby.
pro346 - 12/3/2012, 5:53 PM
Revenge of the sith was great! Better than the avengers!
Kalel219 - 12/3/2012, 6:34 PM
Haha I love how fans bitch about Lucas. You people all suck and should be the ones to [frick] off
l0rdleg0las - 12/3/2012, 7:49 PM

I pretty much agree with your list, but would flip Sith and ROTJ. I hated ROTJ, because of the Ewoks.
l0rdleg0las - 12/3/2012, 7:51 PM
I also hope recent news meanwhile Lucas will stay tje [frick] away from Indiana Jones and take Labeef with him.
BADMOJO - 12/3/2012, 8:19 PM
metachlorians...metacha...meta...WTF is that?? was the collective question i heard when i first saw ep 1 lol..
IgnurRant - 12/3/2012, 9:46 PM
"It's over George! I have the high ground" - Disney Kenobi
mgeoff88 - 12/3/2012, 10:22 PM
He can look, but he can't touch. So Episode 7 is already getting off to a great start.
pepe - 12/3/2012, 10:22 PM
Darth geroge is out o here!
GrayMatter - 12/4/2012, 1:28 AM
Whoa whoa whoa. Wait a minute. George Lucas is saying he's just there as a source of information about Star Wars lore? Isn't he the guy who in the BTS stuff called Jar Jar's race the "Gunga's" over and over again (instead of Gungans)?

Or how he's admitted that he has no idea why Anakin has a scar on his face? He just did it because George Howard told him to?

While Lucas may have come up with some great ideas, he's shown a bunch of times that he doesn't know much about the SW universe as a whole. The more I find out about the series, the more I think that it was Gary Kurtz who actually made Star Wars, you know, actually good.

Seriously, I liked it better when we thought Lucas was coming up with basic ideas that would subsequently be filtered by the rest of the production crew. If he's advising them on the history and lore, he's probably going to cause even more continutity errors and get us nerds even more riled up.
Kalel219 - 12/4/2012, 2:35 AM

Can you provide a link to GL talking about the gungans? Thanks

Also, the scar has been explained in the old clone wars cartoon series.

If anything, what "fans" of Star Wars lack these days is imagination.

SamHell - 12/4/2012, 4:24 AM
Ep III belongs at #4
Thats just the way it is
GrayMatter - 12/4/2012, 5:56 AM
@Kalel219 - I don't know which documentary it's in. I only picked up on it after watching the RedLetterMedia review of the Phantom Menace. I highly recommend everyone watch it. Here's the clip regarding Lucas mispronouncing the race's name in his own movie:

Starts at about 2:24 of the video.

Oh, and the scar wasn't explained in the old clone wars cartoon. He just randomly had it in one scene. But I wish that it was explained in that show, cuz it would have backed my point up even more. Cuz if it was explained in a relatively prominent piece of media like that, it would have made Lucas look like even more of a toolbag for not knowing the scar's origins.

As it is, I would normally be willing to cut Lucas some slack on not knowing the scar's origin in some random comic book or whatever it was. Except that the scar is definitely canon since it's in Ep III, and right now it's his job to know his own universe so he can be consulted about it for the new movies.
ComfortablyNumb - 12/4/2012, 6:01 AM
I think he will be very much like Stan Lee is with Marvel. He'll be around a few days and that's about it.
brokenexcitement - 12/4/2012, 9:16 AM
When making a Star Wars movie list, I would still put the EWOKS movies ahead of Episodes I & one ever remembers Battle for Endor or Caravan of Courage. Yes, they are spin-offs, but they are still Star Wars movies

...just thought I'd throw that out there ;-)

ComicFan523 - 12/4/2012, 9:16 AM
I used to like Revenge of the Sith more than Return of the Jedi but now I think that while Return of the Jedi is definitely the weakest of the original films, it's still slightly better than episode three. That music number that Lucas put in at Jabba's Palace in the special edition is painful to watch. I think he's better suited for a consulting role; he has great ideas and knows how to come up with great stories but, as evidenced by the prequels, I think he has some trouble in translating those ideas to the big screen.
brokenexcitement - 12/4/2012, 9:17 AM
I would like to see some spin-offs like those two come out of this new trilogy. Maybe make a movie similar to the new 1313 game. Take us to places that we have never been to or seen in a game or movie.
JayTopStix - 12/4/2012, 9:45 AM
Haters, Haters everywhere!

I am not specially a fan of the guy but this thread is completely full of hate. Any of us would be grateful to pick the corn out of Luca's turds. I advise everyone to take two steps and be grateful for a change.

He is already out of the picture, why continue the whining and bad feelings?

Thanks George, SO LONG GEORGE.

Nuff said.
SirJediFrank - 12/4/2012, 10:01 AM
Isn´t this the third time GL tones down his involvement??

hasn´t it been like 3 times Disney execs say Lucas is VERY VERY involved???

jeez, they should just stick to what the Lucasfilm purchase contract says! is it public to read? if it isn´t, then show the part where it says:

.." The shareholder (G.Lucas) will have a PIVOTAL role as a Consultant.." other than that..
SirJediFrank - 12/4/2012, 11:58 AM
fettastic: LOL! this plus the Ewan "finally opens the door and says YES Ill DO IT !!" lol!

you´ve made my day my friend
NeoBaggins - 12/4/2012, 4:24 PM
@Intruder lol Where does he get those wonderful gifs?

@l0rdleg0las The reason why I can't choose Sith over Return, regardless of the teddy bear army, is because of the Emperor, Jabba the Hutt and a galactic dogfight made with models that shits on anything ever created with a computer. All of the original STAR WARS films are memorable classics. None of the prequels are better than any of the original films. They lack the narrative, comedy and sense of peril of the originals. Bad movies are capable of providing these elements. That's why I think Disney is about to go ham with STAR WARS. Can't wait.
Tevii - 12/5/2012, 2:44 AM
I'll never understand the hate and the lack of respect. He Created the universe we all know and love. What have any of you done? It's his baby. He was allowed to do what he wanted. He had a vision and saw it thru. I'm happy he did.
The prequels were not that bad. Our expectations could never have been lived up to.
If you view all 6 as one movie. Part one was a decent prelude. Some say the tone was off and should've been live episode 3 from the start... That defeats the entire point of the tragedy of the empire taking control. Some say "you have not idea how an akin got the scar" Lucas is a genius marketer if nothing else. He gave us the scar, dooku, and grievous but in small doses to have them have larger roles in the clone wars. But at the same time have them in the movies to make them more valid.
As much as we hate jar jar, that character also sucked in the younger audiences, thus ensuring Star Wars to last even longer. Introducing the Star Wars universe to its future audiences.
Besides Star Wars Lucas has done more for the industry than you can imagine. H deserves respect. Whether you like the prequels or not. And until you hating asses do something as significant as he has you should really shut the hell up.
NeoBaggins - 12/5/2012, 10:57 AM
@Tevii So, I guess there is no movie, video game, product or actor you don't like. Otherwise, you'd have to take your own advice and "shut the hell up" because you've achieved none of those things.

Anyway, I'm glad Lucas created STAR WARS. But that doesn't mean I'm going to ignore how I feel about what he's been doing with it over the years. Lucas insults his fans and obviously shows contempt for them. He's not the same man he was in 1977. He's not doing anything great for the franchise and I'm glad to see him go. Leave it to him and STAR WARS will be in the CLONE WAR era for another 20 years. WE ALREADY KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN!!!! move on.

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