Now we've all seen J.J. Abrams' truly stunning vision of The Force Awakens brought to life, via two jaw-dropping teasers, it's hard to imagine the franchise reboot looking any different. But what if the director never got his hands on the legendary sci-fi series in the first place? How different would Episode VII be if its original creator, George Lucas, had been in charge instead?
As you might remember, Lucas previously told Screen Rant that he was actually quite happy not to be involved in the new trilogy, as he would get to be "blown away" from having "no idea what they’re doing." In terms of unknown 'blown away' moments, I'd imagine this one would've prompted quite the giddy reaction from the director...
However, there was a time (not so long ago) when Lucas had, in fact, made solid plans for the franchise's continuation. According to Vanity Fair's recent cover story he'd already "sketched out ideas for Episode(s) VII, VIII, and IX,” though once Disney got hold of the rights, his suggestions were scrapped in favor of the movie's current incarnation.
George Lucas' Rejected Ideas
Can you guess what George Lucas had in mind for a new era of Star Wars? As it turns out, his ideas were pretty similar to the old era of Star Wars:
[Abrams] said Lucas’s treatment had centered on very young characters—teenagers, Lucasfilm told me—which might have struck Disney executives as veering too close for comfort to The Phantom Menace and its 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker and 13-year-old Queen Amidala. “We’ve made some departures” from Lucas’s ideas, Kennedy conceded, but only in “exactly the way you would in any development process.
So, not all that surprising then. He'd pretty much make it like he made the second (admittedly lackluster) trilogy, centering on a younger cast and, most likely, catering for a younger audience. So, if Lucas had his way, we'd have another Phantom Menace on our hands - perhaps even complete with a Jar Jar replacement, god forbid.
Abrams' recent comments about wanting to include the unpopular Gungan's dead carcass in The Force Awakens only serves to highlight how different each director's take on the franchise really is.
Passing the Torch
I'm not saying Lucas' version of Episode VII would've been necessarily bad. Let's cut the man a little respect - he did conceive what is quite possibly the greatest sci-fi trilogy ever made, after all! But I'm certainly glad Abrams is at the helm instead, even if only for some variety, and to let someone else (other than the forefather of the series) take a stab at Star Wars.
That's my opinion, but what about yours - Would you rather THIS?
Who's version of Episode VII would you most want to see?
Source: Vanity Fair