George Lucas,  Sequel Trilogy,  The Force Awakens

Mark Hamill wishes Lucasfilm and Disney ‘had been more accepting of George Lucas’ guidance and advice’


From Metro US:

“[…] Mark Hamill has now admitted that he is a little disappointed that Lucas is no longer involved, while also registering his disappointment that the powers that be over at the studio weren’t “more accepting of his guidance and advice.”

“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done.”

But Hamill refused to overly attack Disney for their treatment of Lucas, instead insisting that their decision has clearly worked wonders because after the release of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” the “Star Wars” franchise has never been more popular.

“But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.” […]”

Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV through VIII.


  • andywylde77

    I can fully understand Mark’s frustrations here. He has since the beginning of the Disney era of SW voiced many concerns about what is going on behind the scenes. I really believe that he isn’t really happy with the new people in charge. But when I see him in promo interviews, he seems to be very diplomatic about stuff. Which is expected though. But as I wrote before I hope when he is done with the SW films that he writes a book or something detailing his experiences with the making of the films. Because there is no J.W. Rinzler around anymore. This leads me to believe that there was a lot of interesting stuff going on behind the scenes.

    But it really does highlight this whole thing for Mark to say that they should have kept Lucas on board. When Lucas sold LFL, he said he didn’t want to direct the new films but stay on as a consultant. Which should have happened. But did they trash his ideas because they were afraid of some “backlash” having his name attached to the new films? Because Lucas even stated after when his ideas were tossed that he said him being involved would have been bad because he would want total control and he would only be in the way. But he would have been only a consultant. So I think he said what he did because he just didn’t want to throw Disney under the bus. Because he would have been hounded by “fans” for being a sore loser or something like that. Now this is all assumption on my part. But the whole sale and throwing out his ideas and not having any kind of role in the production just seems very off to me. And then the “White slavers” remark was made and to me that showed to me it seemed like he was done dirty but not throwing out the details.

    But thank goodness for Mark. He seems to be the only rational person on this new group. And Rian Johnson seems to be as well. Although I will make a final judgement about him when the film comes out to see if he really had the creative freedom he claims to or that Disney is really the ones calling the shots.

      • andywylde77

        Yeah it really is. Even if they didn’t want to use his outlines for the ST, there is no reason that he shouldn’t have been a consultant. But they really did a huge backstabbing of him. And I would pretty much feel the same way as Lucas did in that situation. SW will always be Lucas’ no matter who owns it or who works on it.

  • Jonathan chapman

    I too would agree with Mr Hamil. Although I am a long time fan of the movies and all the novels, short stories, and comics it would have been better if if Disney had taken some of his advice. I really don’t understand why another Trilogy couldn’t have been made from any of the previous written stories. After all most ever movie that has beenbased
    on a book, usually comes out different. But that was their decision and I hope it all works out.

  • Dave Barton

    Why didn’t Lucas just make the movies, himself? He shot himself in the foot selling his franchise to Disney. Disney is like the “Pit of Carkoon”. It just keeps swallowing franchises and slowly digesting them for a thousand years.

    • Natalie

      Lucas was getting old and the hate was affecting him. It’s also possible he was simply forced to by Disney, one of the most powerful corporations in the world (Hollywood is quite a sinister place if you look behind the scenes).

  • maria picker

    I wish they had Ben Skywalker and Jacen & Jaina Solo in the movies. Disney could have really developed the storyline with these characters. I really like the interaction of the children with their parents in the books. Maybe I am wrong and Luke will have a child in the Last Jedi, will have to wait and see.

  • joe

    i see you removed that a**hole’s comment as well as mine sorry for the language but what he said about lucas was disrespectful star wars better off without him? after tfa destroyed and undid the happy ending of rotj? he’s full of sh*t hopefully no more prequel-hating scumbags will comment on this site thanks for removing our comments and may the force be with you

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