The Rise of Skywalker (2019), the last film in the Star Wars saga, was sold as the conclusion to the story of Luke Skywalker and the lineage of the Jedi Knights. Although the film grossed $ 1.102 million at the box office against a budget of $ 275 million, the film never convinced most of the franchise’s fans or critics.
This has made Disney, current owner of the Star Wars brand, think about the best way to fix the inconsistency of the last film. To do this, he could have an ace up his sleeve: produce a film dedicated to Luke Skywalker, one of the great Jedi of the saga.
This story would focus on the stage of this character’s life ten years after what happened in The Last Jedi and before The Force Awakens. Said story would reveal why Luke turned his back on the Force and went into exile while Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) turned to the dark side.
George Lucas back?
And that would not be the only thing: Disney would be thinking of bringing back George Lucas and dispense with Kathleen Kennedy. George Lucas is the mastermind behind Star Wars and the architect of one of the most successful franchises in film and entertainment history. His arrival could once again open the possibility for the tapes to recover something of an essence that has been lost since Lucas Film passed into the hands of Disney.
Based on the great failure of the last Star Wars trilogy (the one dedicated to the Skywalker lineage), it was thought at a time when the film was put into the hands of the Russo brothers. However, now the possibility has transcended that it would be Lucas himself who could lead the project.
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Before this news, it had also transpired that Rey Skywalker’s character could have a spin-off that would mark the beginning of a new story. However, given the words of Lucas himself saying that the last installments of the saga have not been to his liking, said project could be shelved so that Lucas takes the reins with a new trilogy from his own perspective and with the style that made Star Wars became a cultural icon.
This new trilogy would take up the ideas that George Lucas had for Episodes VII, VIII and IX, which Disney discarded to get involved in a series of films that affected the image of the saga before its thousands of followers around the world.
A Star Wars project that never saw the light
Before Lucas sold Lucas Film to Disney, he had an ambitious project in hand that was parked before the sale of his production company. It was a cyberpunk aesthetic production called Star Wars: Underworld. Lucas had the intention of doing a live action series for which some pilot scripts were even written.
For the creation of this new universe, Lucas held meetings with various writers in the Skywalker Ranch, Lucas’ workplace, to bounce ideas off and build this universe that was related to the original saga. Characters like Boba Fett, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, among others, were going to shape a story that took up characteristics of gangster cinema, noir and cyberpunk.
The project spanned 400 episodes and Lucas gave the writers absolute creative freedom to write each chapter. Everything aimed to become something never before seen on television.
Unfortunately, a year after these meetings, Lucas sold his production company to Disney and the stories written between this group of creatives were left in a trunk waiting to be rescued.
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