While fans may not be in total agreement about the current state of ‘Star Wars’ films, especially in regards to the main saga trilogy (for the record, I still enjoyed ‘The Last Jedi‘), apparently ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas believes they would have been even more disappointed with his ideas for where the story would have gone in Episodes VII – IX.
Lucas’ thoughts recently came to public light as they were published in the book ‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction’ and mentioned in the AMC TV Special that accompanied the book. They shed some light on where Lucas wanted things to go, connecting the dots from the midichlorians in the prequels that Qui-Gon Jinn spoke of to those “Whills” Lucas had hinted about over the years. According to Lucas’s statement in the book:
“[The next three Star Wars films] were going to get into a microbiotic world. But there’s this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force…If I’d held onto the company I could have done it, and then it would have been done. Of course, a lot of fans would have hated it, just like they did Phantom Menace and everything, but at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.”
In case you want to see screenshots from the book, here’s a Tweet with just that:
As far as I’ve seen, these are the first specifics George Lucas has shared about what his vision of Episodes 7-9 would have been. This comes from @insighteditions awesome companion book to “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction series” on AMC: pic.twitter.com/Wtlw8zlrqv
— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
Clearly, fans were never happy with the idea of midichlorians when they were introduced in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels as they took away a lot of the mysticism and magic of The Force and seemed like a sloppy attempt by Lucas to explain some of the underlying metaphysics of the ‘Star Wars’ universe. It makes my head hurt to even think about a sequel trilogy where Lucas goes all in on the idea of exploring the science behind the Jedi and Sith’s connection to that mystical energy field, especially if he handled said science with the same clumsiness and terrible dialogue that went into the prequels and their explanations of trade-wars and galactic commerce.
But maybe there are some out there who think Lucas’s sequels would have been interesting? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!