VIDEO: George Lucas And Kathleen Kennedy Talk More About STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

VIDEO: George Lucas And Kathleen Kennedy Talk More About STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

Following the news that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) will pen Star Wars: Episode VII, George Lucas talks more about his role as a Creative Consultant on the new movies (revealing that he WILL indeed help out with the script) and Kathleen Kennedy comments on the hunt for the right director.

When Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm was announced, an interview with George Lucas and producer Kathleen Kennedy was released in which they talked in detail about the future of the franchise. Well, it now appears as if that was just "Part One" as another instalment of their chat has been released following the announcement that Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) has signed on to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII. Now that Disney are in charge, it's hard to say exactly how much of a role they will allow Lucas as creative consultant, but he does say here that he'll have some involvement with the script. Check it out below and sound off with your thoughts on these comments in the usual place!

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CoulsonLives - 11/10/2012, 5:38 AM
TheBigBoss917 - 11/10/2012, 5:40 AM
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/10/2012, 5:49 AM
NO! Keep george away from the script!
thewonderer - 11/10/2012, 6:27 AM
Lucas on the script is fine as long as someone better is there with him.

Case and point David goyer and Chris Nolan
CoolantTech - 11/10/2012, 6:28 AM
JoseTheKingOfTheNorth - 11/10/2012, 6:28 AM
@thewonderer - LOL
jessepostal - 11/10/2012, 6:47 AM
How much money does Kathleen Kennedy have, jesus her name is tied to everything
Spidex3000 - 11/10/2012, 6:53 AM

She's been around just as long as Lucas and Spielberg, she and Spielberg formed Amblin together

you got it, people always think Nolan is the genius.
Durango95 - 11/10/2012, 7:13 AM
Im glad George will help with the script....eases my mind a little.
jessepostal - 11/10/2012, 7:14 AM
@spidex, that's what I ment by my comment, Shes getting many paychecks from some of the biggest movies ever.
Spidex3000 - 11/10/2012, 7:18 AM
aah, got you. Yea, she's making hella bank, once you're a big producer, you just get shit tons of money.
jessepostal - 11/10/2012, 7:32 AM
Atleast she's hands on, a lot of so called producers don't do shit and get the cred. Some just give money to get more money back. Lets start a production company :)
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/10/2012, 8:10 AM
BuzzKiller - 11/10/2012, 8:25 AM
Eff Nolan...Stars Wars isn't some dark ass complex story. I don't want to watch a drama with 15 minutes of action!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 11/10/2012, 8:26 AM
LMAOOO I wish.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 11/10/2012, 8:29 AM
Worst idea ever.
Happy11 - 11/10/2012, 8:33 AM
I have a bad feeling about this. Lol. I think the way they are speaking and I know they don't mention names but Joe Johnston fits the description.
jimpinto24 - 11/10/2012, 8:34 AM
Looking forward to Star Wars Episode 7! I hope Disney hires Peter Jackson as the director.
sameoldthing - 11/10/2012, 8:42 AM
Calm down..Lucas created Star Wars,if not for him you crybabies would have NOTHING!

Disney is well aware of the flaws of the prequels & will no doubt keep George on a short leash.

However,his input is valid & I bet part of the deal he made when selling.

If you don't like it..create your own sci-fi property and SHUT UP.
Wingding - 11/10/2012, 9:02 AM
Peter Jackson. Seriously.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 11/10/2012, 9:07 AM
I'm just waiting for filming to start so we can hear about the fights between Disney and George on how they both think the movies should go. Mark my words in a year or so things will be crazy.
nld3 - 11/10/2012, 9:19 AM
In George Lucas's defense. He asked Lawrence Kasdan who co-wrote the screen play for Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back & Episode 6 Return of the Jedi to come back & co-write Episodes 1-3 but Kasdan turned him down. So Lucas know he needs help. His outlines are good. Its what created that universe. I want his input. Just not a script totally written by him like he did with Episode's 1-3.
FanOfTheKnight - 11/10/2012, 9:20 AM
I agree with Durango95. Although it's nice to have someone else writing the finished product, you still need to have the helping hands of the original creator. George maybe doesn't write very well but he's been the storyteller from Day 1.

Also, @sameoldthing: Well said.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/10/2012, 9:31 AM
@ sameoldthing maybe you should look up Ralph Mcquarrie, Irvin Kershner, Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan
Preston - 11/10/2012, 9:32 AM
What are you looking for in a director?

Kathleen Kennedy, “There are many people that sprang to mind with writers and directors that I have worked with in the past that I'm really excited to try to bring into the fold on this. We have a unique opportunity to go after some incredibly talented people; it's not going to be people that don't already have some affinity for Star Wars.”

Directors that she has worked with before:
1). Steven Spielberg (has produced every movie since Raiders)
2). Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy, Roger Rabbit)
3). Joe Dante (Gremlins)
4). Richard Donner (Goonies)
5). Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Signs, and Airbender)
6). Frank Oz (Indian in the Cupboard)
7). David Fincher (Benjamin Button)
8). Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park 3)
9). Gary Ross (Seabiscuit)
10). Peter Jackson (Tintin)

She has worked with Steven Spielberg religiously. I wouldn't rule the guy out.
Rowsdower - 11/10/2012, 10:54 AM
Give Joe Johnston his Boba Fett movie!
sameoldthing - 11/10/2012, 10:57 AM
Sorry pal..Lucas is the brainchild. It takes many to make a film but George started it all.
gmckoy - 11/10/2012, 11:08 AM
favreau might get it, which i dont mind..

im surprised aronofsky's name isnt mentioned
thewonderer - 11/10/2012, 11:17 AM

Spielburg already said he doesn't want the gig :/

I'm pretty sure Spielburgs aware of the negative reception from Indy 4 and doesn't want anymore of that.

Lucas/Spielburg collaborations SHOULDN'T HAPPEN
sexfoodcomics - 11/10/2012, 11:22 AM
God damn it George. LET IT GO ALREADY!!!! you did your part and you just made 4 billion freaking dollars. Let someone else try and write it with out you, like the 3 star wars that were actually good.
evilness - 11/10/2012, 11:53 AM
get off nolan's cock bro. he ain't right for this.

and am i the only one who thought lucas looked kinda miffed here?
charlie2094 - 11/10/2012, 12:35 PM

No, I too think he seemed a bit down here. Though, I have to imagine it's hard for him, having given up his "baby" and whats practically been his life ever since the original flick in 1977. A lot of people seem to forget that this was all his creation, and to give it all up can't be easy. Not only has he given over control, but he's giving all the money he gained from that deal to charity! Kudos for everything he's done I say!

I really have no idea who should direct. There's plenty of directors I like, like Nolan, Bird etc, but none who I can imagine being a good fit for Star Wars. Spielberg would be a good, safe choice assuming Kennedy can persuade him to change his mind.
Preston - 11/10/2012, 1:06 PM

If you listen to his quote in context, Spielberg doesn't say that he would or wouldn't direct the movie; the media likes to use sound bites to create news.

Here is how it goes down: he is trying to promote the movie Lincoln, and on the red carpet some random interviewer asks him if he would direct Star Wars.

He says,

"No! No! It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre."

And, he goes back to talking about Daniel Day-Lewis being a great Lincoln.

What he does is deflect the question. He, basically, says, “it's Lucas' thing.”

In other words, the decision is up to Lucas.

Furthermore, just because he hasn't been brought into the fold, it doesn't mean that he won't be. Ford, Kennedy, and Lucas twisted his arm on “Crystal Skull.”

Dunejedi - 11/10/2012, 1:55 PM
So George is already backing off from the "I just get to enjoy it as a fan" stance he originally took after the sale. I don't want him involved AT ALL. He should get a free ticket when it hits theaters and that's it.

To all the people who take the position that Lucas is solely responsible for all that is Star Wars. . think again. There are literally thousands of people who have contributed/created that universe. From the screenwriters, authors, illustrators, painters, animators, actors, producers to the countless production crews that worked on his brainchild over the decades. They all get credit as collaborators. Among that army of creators is someone competent enough to take the baton from Lucas and run with it.
DukeAcureds - 11/10/2012, 2:54 PM
Enough with the keep George away from this shit. He's not directing. He knows he's not the best director for Star Wars anymore. He knows how ironic that is. You just sound completely stupid and childlike. Were you the same guys that were spitting on the legal wishes of Seigal and Shuster? George should be as involved as much as he can be.
DioFoRio - 11/10/2012, 3:05 PM
George needs to be a part of this thing in some is his world...he just needs a writer to help him make the dialog and pacing more enjoyable and believable. should probably get tested...heard nolan has the herpes...and with all the cock you've been choking on.....just saying man.
DukeAcureds - 11/10/2012, 3:07 PM
Dionysios@ Yeah. That's pretty much what I meant, but that say it better. Yeah, what he said ^ ^.
KingEmperor - 11/10/2012, 3:09 PM
I'd want Lucas to be a creative consultant. He can make a general outline for the story and script. The outlines for Episodes I-III are good, just executed poorly.
DioFoRio - 11/10/2012, 3:20 PM
@Duke...just when I thought I said it best comes KingEmperor. Said it best homie. We need George to outline this series for years and years to come, put it in a vault and let writers do the scripting.
FanOfTheKnight - 11/10/2012, 3:59 PM
@sexfoodcomics: The "3 Star Wars that were actually good" you are referring to were written by Lawrence Kasdan (along with Leigh Brackett for TESB and GL himself for ROTJ) but based on stories by George Lucas. Like some of us keep saying, GL's only problem is that he's a below par screenwriter but in terms of the basic storytelling and plot design, GL is the man. He's gotta have input.
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