George Lucas Says J.J. Abrams Still Hasn't Called

George Lucas Says J.J. Abrams Still Hasn't Called

George Lucas

Star Wars creator George Lucas says he hasn't yet spoken with new Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, but he's sure he'll call soon.

George Lucas won a Daytime Emmy Award on Sunday for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series on which he serves as executive producer, and while it may seem odd that the Man Who Made Star Wars won an award usually handed out to soap opera actors and daytime talk show hosts, he seemed suitably proud of the accomplishment.

But it was his comments about the future of the Star Wars franchise at the tail end of his brief interview with Access Hollywood that were of particular interest. When asked how he felt about passing the torch, Lucas said, "It's great, I don't have to worry about these guys anymore," but also revealed that despite being retained by Disney as creative consultant, he has yet to hear from J.J. Abrams, the current King of Hollywood, who is signed to direct Star Wars VII.

"I have not spoken to J.J., he's been busy with Star Trek and I'm sure that he'll let me know when he's got some questions," Lucas said. "So, you know, that's all going well. Kathy [Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy] tells me it's working out great."

Lucas may be the fount from which all things Star Wars sprang but he's also been pilloried over the last, oh, decade or so for turning the franchise into a CGI-fueled family-friendly embarrassment. Abrams will no doubt sooner or later pay his due respects to the man that laid the foundations upon which his career is built, but as for plotting the future of the galaxy far, far away, it sounds like George's time is well and truly over.

Source: Access Hollywood

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I'm sure Abrams will ask him many questions, then do the opposite of whatever Lucas says. At least he will if he's got any sense.

It's pretty clear this is a vote of No Confidence.

Good. Maybe JJ actually knows what he's doing with this franchise.

Wait, why would anyone assume Lucas actually understands Star Wars?

DVS BSTrD:
It's pretty clear this is a vote of No Confidence.

I was going to make a joke about how Jar Jar is the one who initiated the vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum, paving the way for Palpatine to become the Emperor (in a nice continuity nod, one of his main rivals in the vote that followed was Bail Organa), but then I remembered that that was Padme. Jar Jar is the one who started the vote for special wartime powers that never actually went away -- so basically Padme paved the way, and Jar Jar is the one who handed him the bloody crown.

The joke was going to be about Abrams' initials.

Charli:
Good. Maybe JJ actually knows what he's doing with this franchise.

Seriously. Even if Abrams might not be the best person to do Star Wars, he's better than New George Lucas over there.

Research has scientifically proven that an increase in George Lucas has a direct negative effect on Star Wars quality.

Abrams must've read the research.

It's a funny situation isn't it? If Abrams does what Lucas wants, there'll be uproar from the fans. If Abrams does his own thing, there'll be uproar from the fans. It's almost like they should just have not bothered at all..

Abrams intends to do his very best in raping and perverting an established sci-fi franchise. He obviously knows what he's doing (he demonstrated his abilities in the last two Star Trek movies) and doesn't need any outside help. Him not calling Lucas is therefore perfectly understandable.

"Don't call us, Lucas, we'll call you."

Teoes:
It's a funny situation isn't it? If Abrams does what Lucas wants, there'll be uproar from the fans. If Abrams does his own thing, there'll be uproar from the fans. It's almost like they should just have not bothered at all..

Or, y'know, that uproar from the fans doesn't seem to hurt the bottom line much.

"He hasn't called yet...it's going great."

Why am I not convinced?

Yeah, after the sequels you have no idea what star wars is. As for JJ, do what you think is right. Ok, it might suck but at least it will be an original take on it all. More than anything, Lucas sold the rights, so why would anyone talk to him about Star wars?

I'd hope he'd talk to Timothy Zahn before Lucas.

Ukomba:
I'd hope he'd talk to Timothy Zahn before Lucas.

Are we talking about a telephone that makes phone calls into the past, or the present day Zahn?

Well, the new Star Wars trilogy suddenly looked up!

I will laugh and be happy if J.J. just flat out doesn't contact george

abrams is the king of hollywood? dear god the whole place must be about to implode.

Teoes:
It's a funny situation isn't it? If Abrams does what Lucas wants, there'll be uproar from the fans. If Abrams does his own thing, there'll be uproar from the fans. It's almost like they should just have not bothered at all..

I don't think there will be much uproar from the fans if he does something differently. Star Wars fans have been abused, exploited, and downright insulted too much over the years to want more of what George Lucas put them through.

Even if the new star wars is complete balls, I will give JJ credit for at least trying something new as opposed to more Jar Jar.

Has anyone seen Moviebob's comments about JJ Abrams? I really hope they're not going to keep handing the reins to the "boys club" and let some new blood take charge, at least for some of the spin offs.

First they came for the Gungans... and you said nothing because frankly who liked Jar Jar anyhow? Then they came for the Greedo... and you said nothing because you didn't understand why Han was supposed to shoot first and why it was ok... And when they brought in Midichlorians.. there was nothing but the screams of millions of Star Wars fans all crying out at the same time... and suddenly silenced..

Oh sorry.. yeah... Lucas bad.. Abrams.. not quite as bad?

Whispering Cynic:
Abrams intends to do his very best in raping and perverting an established sci-fi franchise. He obviously knows what he's doing (he demonstrated his abilities in the last two Star Trek movies) and doesn't need any outside help. Him not calling Lucas is therefore perfectly understandable.

So 'creating the two biggest blockbusters in the franchise' is the same as 'raping and perverting an established sci-fi franchise'. Good to know.

The difference between the two franchises is that Star Trek Nemesis barely broke even, while Revenge of the Sith got back its money 7 times over. Star Wars has always been mainstream, while Star Trek was not. Hate on Lucas all you want, but you fanboys gave him Scrooge McDuck levels of money from the prequel trilogy, as much as you love to vilify them.

The question here is can Abrams make another trilogy of movies in a franchise that never lost the mainstream audience, that never wasn't profitable.

For some reason my faith is this new trilogy just rose a little bit.

I don't know why.

Teoes:
It's a funny situation isn't it? If Abrams does what Lucas wants, there'll be uproar from the fans. If Abrams does his own thing, there'll be uproar from the fans. It's almost like they should just have not bothered at all..

When they were shopping around for directors, virtually everyone they approached said "Thanks, but no thanks."
I think you pretty much nailed the reason right there.

Star Wars doesn't have a lot of good will banked anymore and there are going to be a lot of folks going into this movie wanting to hate it. So much so that this movie is a potential career killer.

Teoes:
It's a funny situation isn't it? If Abrams does what Lucas wants, there'll be uproar from the fans. If Abrams does his own thing, there'll be uproar from the fans. It's almost like they should just have not bothered at all..

Yeah, it's almost like different people have different opinions or something...

Not sure Abrams is going to be any better. He said he didn't like Star Trek because it was too philosophical. Not sure the guy has demonstrated an understanding of the material he's working with.

McMullen:
Not sure Abrams is going to be any better. He said he didn't like Star Trek because it was too philosophical. Not sure the guy has demonstrated an understanding of the material he's working with.

No, there's a huge difference between Star Trek and Star Wars on the subject of philosophy.

Star Trek at its heart is a room full of ship officers discussing philosophy at length, the sci-fi aspect is merely the setting, and the action is rare and a last resort. It's why Star Trek makes much better TV than movies, and why Abrams had to change a bit for the formula to work.

Star Wars is Space Opera. The philosophy is canned cheese that's only brought up to justify the action, which is the heart of the films, and the sci-fi setting is used to take swashbuckling and ship combat to a different level. For Abrams, Star Wars might be right up his alley... he just has big shoes to fill.

Scars Unseen:

Ukomba:
I'd hope he'd talk to Timothy Zahn before Lucas.

Are we talking about a telephone that makes phone calls into the past, or the present day Zahn?

With a time travel phone, he might as well just go ahead and call past Lucas. I have no problem with current Zahn, Scoundrels was pretty good. It has a little continuity issue with the Han Solo Trilogy, but it's fine. Why? Don't like he's recent writing?

Some people probably see that as a point in Abrams' favour, in light of recent abhorrences.

I wouldnt'call, either.

On second thought:

Sledgimus:
I'm sure Abrams will ask him many questions, then do the opposite of whatever Lucas says. At least he will if he's got any sense.

Actually, I'm betting most of his questions will be "what were you thinking?"

sometimes followed up with "LOST made more sense than that!"

I have a very bad feeling about these new Star Wars movies. I just know that Abrams will fill them with stupid homages and call backs to the old movies, and god i hate stuff like that. I just hope the movies will have those traces of noir that made the screenplay so effective in Empire, but iīm kinda expecting everything to be shiny, CG and sterile.

Why do I get the feeling that this is a bad thing. I can understand keeping George Lucas at a distance but it would be nice to have him as a partial consultant.

You know, and I know I will get hate for this, I would actually prefer it that Lucas remained in a consulting position for the new Trilogy.
To me there has always been a parallel between George Lucas and Peter Molyneux. Both started out great, but then, despite making great promises turned out to not be so good in Movie Making/Game Design as everyone suspected.
But also they are both very imaginative people.
Lucas DID have big part, how big is very open for debate though, in creating the original Star Wars Trilogy, but remember he did not really write those movies nor did he direct them.
So pushing him back to a consulting role, and not a decision making one, might actually turn out good.

JJ is a good Director but his movies are all a little stale and less then they could (should) be, so maybe it could be a very strong team-up between those two. In my opinion both need it, even JJ, and please don't answer with "but his movies are very successful so he is awesome", just think about which other movies were very successful...
All of his movies have very blatant flaws, but almost never in the direction, so there is something else missing, and maybe, just maybe teaming him up with crazy George might do the trick.

Honestly I am much more scared of Disney then of anything else... -.-

Lucas, you know longer own the brand and technically have 0 right to be given information about the new movies (unless it was in a contract we didn't see).

Abrams could have finished the entire series already and not be obligated to tell you. I like you, you're an okay guy, but as soon as you threw out the Star Wars IP you also explicitly publicly stated no one had to talk to you anymore! Why do you keep waiting for them to talk to you?

Why did I get the feeling that this is what Lucas was doing while I read this.

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I'm fairly interested in where they go with the next trilogy though.

 

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