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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: J.J. Abrams consulted George Lucas on the nature of the Force

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From GamesRadar+:

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will bring the Skywalker saga to its end. Which, for any Star Wars fan, sounds slightly bewildering. How will this story, which has been ongoing for 40 years, conclude? Can the Jedi beat the Sith? Or will both orders finally end? Whatever the case, we’re in good hands with J.J. Abrams, who previously helmed The Force Awakens.

However, that’s not to say the director didn’t look elsewhere for help. Making a successful standalone movie is hard enough, let alone one that concludes the trilogy of trilogies. There was, though, one person who could help bring everything together – the key to all of this: George Lucas.

Abrams had a crucial meeting with him during prep. “He had a lot of things to say about the nature of the Force, the themes that he was dealing with when he was writing the movies,” Abrams reveals to our sister publication Total Film in their latest isse. “Yes, there were some conversations about Midi-chlorians – he loves his Midi-chlorians. But it was a very helpful thing. Sitting with him is a treat, just to hear him talk, because it’s fucking George Lucas talking about Star Wars. I always feel it’s a gift to hear him talk about that stuff. Because the effect that he had on me at 10 years old is utterly profound.”  […]”

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  • maychild

    But JJ, I thought TFA was supposed to “make things right,” and you were “going back to the old school” of special effects (although TFA was dripping with CGI and blue/greenscreen). You certainly didn’t say no to the “Savior of SW” status you were granted by the press. Now you’re “magnanimously” listening to that old has-been Lucas blather on? How utterly generous of you!

    He’s so phony. He had to throw in a sneering remark about midichlorians to prove to the hateboys that he’s still on their side, after “betraying” them by exposing his pristine self to that old faker Lucas.

  • Carlos Cuevas

    Ah, so this clown still doesn’t understand the concept of midichlorians, it’s quite embarrassing. This is same guy who wrote Rey and was ok with throwing away Lucas story treatments.

    It’s funny how these hypocrites now are using George Lucas name to generate interest in their piece of sh*t movie.

  • Natalie

    I hope GL won’t get blame for the failure that’s this movie is going to be for sure. I don’t care how many different versions and test screenings they’ve had, they can’t fix what was so thoroughly destroyed in the first two movies of this terrible trilogy.

  • Moose

    It’s telling that Abrams talks about the influence on him as a ten-year old. I think most Star Wars fans are like this – Star Wars is an artifact from their childhood, not something that has meaning in their adult life. It is too bad, because the lessons are applicable all through one’s life. For example, Anakin’s struggles in the Prequels are especially relevant as one grows older.

  • Arnav “RayO1” Bhattacharjee

    “He loves his midichlorians”

    No, J.J, he brought it up because it’s part of the lore, whether your 10-year old self acknowledges it or not. Hell, considering how minor midichlorians are in the grander story (especially in regards to The Clone Wars), I wouldn’t be surprised if George decided to bring it up in order to explain how Rey’s so good at everything.

  • Moose

    I get the feeling that this meeting was less “wandering soul climbs the mountain to meet the guru” and more “school-boy visits WWII vet at local nursing home”.

  • archdukeofnaboo

    I think we should wait until we have the full interview at hand before opening fire.

    It does looks like Abrams has made a joke about Midichlorians, but I get the sense that the interviewer was goading him into it. And even if it wasn’t Total Film that brought the PT-basher humour up, they should take criticism for not challenging him on the belittling of an important part of the mythology.

    • jpieper668

      They Should Challenge him on why as a so-called fan he helped ruin the Character Development of the big 3 from the Original Trilogy

      • archdukeofnaboo

        @Joey

        Yeah, as much flak as Johnson is getting, I don’t think Abrams has gotten his fare share. Remember, many of the Fandom Menace highly enjoyed TFA at the time, so its not the most surprising thing that they only blame the former.

        I was already convinced that Snoke was a terrible villain after one film, and I never felt angry that Johnson killed him off. What did frustrate me, however, was that no backstory whatsoever was offered before he was axed, and I’d be more critical of RJ for that.

        It is quite funny how the sequel makers now crawling back to Lucas – Daddy George – after throwing him under the bus for Episode VII. Abrams may not say it verbally, but it is an acknowledgment of guilt if I ever saw it.

        When TRoS does come out, journalists need to challenge him on bringing back Lucas for consulting – not just Palpatine.

    • Stefan K

      I agree with achdukeofnaboo.
      This time, they seem to consult Lucas. How they will use his ideas has to be seen, but it is still better to the situation after the sale.
      For the record, I am not happy that they decided to continue without GL for TFA. As someone has already stated on this blog, they probably should have taken their time and “even out” the story together with GL instead and not just dismiss his story treatments.

      • archdukeofnaboo

        @StefanK

        Agreed. The time to be bold, to be creative, to take risks and to collaborate with George Lucas was the first film of the new trilogy. A trilogy without a solid foundation is forever trying to escape from a handicap. And it’s what we have with the sequels and the ANH remake, that – I’m sorry ST fans – even Lord Igor himself has admitted to. That would have allowed them to play it more safe in logical in VIII and IX where it needed it.

        Episode IX may still be a descent film, but if Episode III is anything to go by, you’d have be an extremely optimistic to think it can make up for the two previous instalments many fans considered lacklustre.

    • jpieper668

      @Archduke
      i just don’t get how some fans were pleased with TFA and TLJ how could they enjoy The Crappy Treatment of The Original Cast?

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