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Now, there are all sorts of things that has long-since proven himself to be more than capable of doing at the very highest level. Directing iconic movies in the 1970s, for instance, or coming up with the basic ideas behind , the most beloved movie franchise that the world has ever known. Heck, the man is even better at getting lunch than the rest of us. Go beyond those old-school skill-sets, though, and Lucas's legacy has long-since been tarnished by the widespread backlash against his , his apparent desire to retroactively add CGI to every project he's ever been involved in, and the fact that the last film involved the nuking of a fridge.

In other words? George Lucas may be a genuine legend, and to thank for some of the most magical cinematic moments of all time, but that doesn't mean that doesn't mean that his post-'80s output isn't a little suspect. Which, of course, makes it a little concerning that...

The New Star Wars Standalone Movies Were Apparently George Lucas's Idea

[Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace/Lucasfilm]
[Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace/Lucasfilm]

Yup, that's right. As Lucasfilm President (and, notably, Lucas's handpicked successor) Kathleen Kennedy recently put it in an interview with EW:

"George talked to me about doing [standalone films] when I first came aboard... He had often thought about doing it and he had actually written down three or four thoughts and ideas, directions you could go. Obviously inside the mythology there were lots of opportunities. So that was the first conversation I had."

Which, it seems, makes the likes of the imminently-arriving and the soon-to-begin production solo movie far more Lucas-associated than we previously thought. Or does it? Y'see, as it turns out...

George Lucas Didn't Actually Think Up The Films That Lucasfilm Is Now Making

Kennedy, it seems, was also quick to point out that neither Rogue One nor Han Solo's solo venture were among the ideas that Lucas left for her. In fact, Rogue One was actually originally the brainchild of John Knoll, a visual effects supervisor over at ILM — while the idea of a young Han Solo movie smacks a little of the involvement of studio executives. As Kennedy put it:

"We certainly talked about origin type stories, but we didn't get into the specifics of that. We talked a lot about the Jedi and the foundational ideas that George had thought about when he created the mythology. It was sort of spit-balling ideas."

In other words? You can likely rest easy, safe in the knowledge that Rogue One's big bad isn't going to somehow turn out to be Jar Jar Binks, and that Han Solo's solo movie isn't going to open with him surviving a nuclear attack while hiding inside a Corellian Hyper-Fridge.

Or, at least, that if they do, it's not George's fault this time.

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