New details about Disney trashing Star Wars creator George Lucas' ideas for the new trilogy have surfaced online. And here's why the studio decided to take its own course for the new Star Wars films.
According to Vanity Fair, Lucas's story for the sequels focused on teenagers in the Star Wars universe. The article speculates that the reason Disney was wary is that those young characters might have given studio executives bad flashbacks of the 1999's prequel The Phantom Menace, with its nine-year-old protagonist Anakin and 14-year-old princess Amidala.
"We've made some departures [from Lucas's ideas]," producer Kathleen Kennedy told the magazine, but only in "exactly the way you would in any development process."
Reportedly, Lucas shared his outline for the three new Star Wars films with Disney when he sold Lucasfilm to them. Incidentally, his storyline also took place decades after the Return of the Jedi and included the original trilogy's protagonists (much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
The report adds that it was Lucas who initially approached Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill about returning for the sequels.
Lucas hasn't commented on the changes to his original outline, and he declined to speak to Vanity Fair. However, Kennedy said that the original Star Wars director is delighted to sit this one out.
"I talk to him and see him frequently," she said. "And I'm telling you, every time I say, 'Is there anything you want to know?' And he's like, 'No, no, I want to be surprised'," Kennedy said.