Are we tired of these endless Star Wars rumors and unsubstantial news bits yet? Well grab yourself an energy drink (or fifty), lads and ladies; this crazy train is just getting rolling.
Amongst the few actual pieces of news we’ve heard, there exists an ever-growing ocean of rumors, whispers, he said/she saids, and so on. And most of these rumors seem to revolve around the three primary actors from the original Star Wars trilogy, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.
Now the man who created Star Wars, George Lucas, has dumped a couple of buckets of highly flammable liquids onto the wildfire, because…why not?
Bloomberg Businessweek has a lengthy article on Disney’s big purchase of Lucasfilm and what some of their plans for Star Wars are, starting of course with Star Wars Episode VII and all that comes with it. The article also deals heavily with Lucas and his protectiveness of Star Wars as a whole, his reluctance to part ways with control of the property, and the ultimate decision to walk away from the world he built.
The quote gaining headlines that relates to all of the rumors mentioned above goes a little something like this:
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’
Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.
I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
So clearly Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia were all important pieces to the Episode VII that George Lucas had outlined before the deal with Disney. Whether one or all will end up in the final product has yet to be confirmed, but one would think some of these rumors must have a bit more backing now that we know the characters were always going to be a part of the next story—whether it was ever made into a movie or not—as opposed to Disney forcing them into the new movie just so they could market and merchandise around them.
The article touches on quite a few interesting things apart from this one quote as well, things that many might not know or may have forgotten.
For example: early on, Disney CEO Bob Iger wanted to know what exactly made up Star Wars as a whole. Not just the movies and familiar characters, but every single thing they would have at their disposal to work with. And as it turned out, Lucas has all of this already cataloged in a database called the Holocron, in which existed 17,000 different characters who inhabited thousands of different planets over the course of 20,000 years. So yes…all of those standalone movies we’ve heard rumored are the just the very tip of where Disney could be going. The directions and options are seemingly endless.
Another very interesting fact many may not know or have forgotten is that Lucas basically founded Pixar—long before it became the Pixar we know and love—as a division of Lucasfilm called The Graphics Group in 1979, which he later sold to Steve Jobs. Disney eventually purchased Pixar for $7.4 billion…around $3 billion more than they paid for both Lucasfilm and Marvel individually.
The entire article is very much worth a read as it offers an interesting and unique perspective on the whole transaction, and especially a closer look at just how hard it was for Lucas to part ways with this child of his and how passionate about it all he really was and remains to this day, despite all the backlash he’s had to deal with over the years.