A recent article from Cinemablend spurred on the rumor that Disney essentially bought all of George Lucas's ideas for the new Star Wars trilogy and then tossed them.
But is that really the case? Turns out, it isn't.
Here's what George Lucas said about these story details he wrote:
The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
You can probably see why sites like Cinemablend are running with this quote and spreading around the idea that Lucas's vision for the trilogy was ignored.
Lucas even mentions in the same interview that part of his vision involved Luke Skywalker taking on the role of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" and passing the torch to the next generation of Jedi.
But what fans have to realize is that despite what Lucas just said, there's no evidence that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have tossed every detail of Lucas's script.
To be clear, when Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, the screenwriter George Lucas picked to write the new trilogy was handed over to them. It wasn't until Disney settled on Abrams that he took over the writing duties alongside Lawrence Kasdan.
Yes, it's possible that they could have started over completely, but there's actually no evidence of that. It's much more likely they've built upon the foundation of Lucas's vision.
You know what other Star Wars movie was produced this way? The Empire Strikes Back, which is almost unanimously considered to be the best film of the saga.
And a lot of people will also agree that it's the best of the films because of how it was created.
You start with Lucas, bring in someone who knows how to tell a good story, and then get an authority to call the shots creatively.
Even Simon Kinberg, who has been tapped to help out with writing one or two of the new films, has dismissed the idea that Lucas's vision has been scrapped.
In July, Bryan Young from Big Shiny Robot asked him this very thing on Full of Sith:
BSR: How much of Lucas' blueprint do you rely on or is it even in play anymore?
Kinberg: It depends from movie-to-movie, is the answer. But it's definitely a part of the planning of all the different movies and it was something that I was exposed to from the beginning of the process.
So it's obvious that not all of George Lucas's ideas are being used for The Force Awakens, but that's always the case with these movies.
But that doesn't mean we should be worried about a repeat of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. If anything, we should be more at ease to know that Disney is approaching this property in the same way that made it successful almost 40 years ago.