Since the announcement that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and planned to make new Star Wars movies, rumors have persisted that the original stars of the 1977 film would return to reprise their iconic roles. So, will we see Han, Luke, and Leia in Star Wars Episode VII? George Lucas says there’s a good possibility we will.
Lucas sat down for an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek where he confirmed that (before the Disney deal) he had completed the outlines for 3 new Star Wars films, and had signed Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher to star:
“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 (with Disney).’” He pauses. “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.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
In the story, Lucas also reveals that he was uncomfortable giving Disney control of the Star Wars franchise. He even refused to turn over his outlines for the next 3 films until he received written assurances from Disney about the broad outlines of the deal. Even once those assurances came, Lucas would only allow 3 people at Disney access to his outlines:
“Ultimately you have to say, ‘Look, I know what I’m doing. Buying my stories is part of what the deal is.’ I’ve worked at this for 40 years, and I’ve been pretty successful,” Lucas says. “I mean, I could have said, ‘Fine, well, I’ll just sell the company to somebody else.’”
Lucas also shared with Businessweek that he has attended story meetings for Star Wars Episode VII:
“I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that.’”
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