George Lucas is “Constantly” Talking to J.J. Abrams About ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′
With 'Star Wars: Episode 7' casting starting to heat up and announcements expected before the end of the year, all eyes have turned to director J.J. Abrams, the man in charge of this mission. But, don't think George Lucas is happy to just play golf and have dinner at Olive Garden at 4:30pm throughout his retirement; the man who created it all isn't walking away from the 'Star Wars' franchise so easily.
Lucas' son, Jett, spoke about 'Star Wars: Episode 7' recently and said his father is "constantly" talking to J.J. Abrams about his plans for the upcoming sequel.
We can just imagine J.J. rolling his eyes every time his phone rings and he looks down to see "George, iPhone" show up on his screen. But, the younger Lucas insists his dad is trying to let go as best he can.
He’s constantly talking to J.J. Obviously J.J. was handpicked. He is there to guide, whenever, he’ll help where he can. At the same time, he wants to let it go and become its new generation.
Constantly talking to J.J. and wanting to let it go seem to be two ideals that are completely in contrast with each other so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Before he retired, Lucas left new Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy detailed outlines for the new prequel, but it's worth noting that Abrams and writer Michael Arndt aren't beholden to any of the "suggestions" from Lucas.
There comes a point where Abrams wants to be gracious and listen to the old man's thoughts, but also needs to focus on his own ideas and the so-called "new generation" of 'Star Wars' films. It's good for Lucas to be there if Abrams ever needs him, but maybe "constantly" communicating with the new director is a little overbearing. We're just saying. We don't want to put any words in J.J.'s mouth or anything.
Later in that same interview, Jett Lucas admits he already knows what's going to happen in the prequels and discusses a "hypothetical" scene where an elder Han Solo teaches his son to drive the Millennium Falcon. Yes, hypothetical. You can watch that interview in full below.