After the report last week in Vanity Fair that George Lucas has planned on a very different approach to Star Wars in episode VII than we’re getting, the maker himself has cleared things up.
The report said: “[Abrams] said Lucas’ treatment had centred 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.”
But according to Lucas that wasn’t the case at all as his characters – which he hints were the grandchildren of Vader – would be in their 20s and he even refers to the Expanded Universe (gasp): “The original Saga was about the father, the children, and the grandchildren. That’s not a secret to anybody, it’s even in the novels and everything. The children were in their 20s and everything, so it wasn’t The Phantom Menace again.”
You can watch the full interview with Stephen Colbert at the Tribeca Film Festival, which took place weeks before the Vanity Fair story, below:
Source: The Star Wars Underworld