Disney is doing right by Star Wars by reportedly bringing back George Lucas.
Though George Lucas has been hovering over the new Star Wars installments in a sort of unofficial advisory role, on and off for a while — giving advice for both Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian — it has been reported that he will soon be taking on more creative control, as Disney brings him officially into the fold for the new Star Wars movies, which will be coming out in roughly a few years.
It’s a little early to be sure, but We Got This Covered Magazine apparently has heard from credible sources that this is in the works. Here is the text, below:
“According to sources close to We Got This Covered – the same ones who told us [SPOILERS] would die in The Rise of Skywalker and that [SPOILERS] would be revealed as a traitor in the film, both of which turned out to be true – the studio want [George Lucas] back, but want him to work in a more official capacity and more “on the record” this time around. It’s likely this new role will give Lucas significant creative control over the direction of the newer Star Wars films that he oversees, unlike his work on Rise of Skywalker, which Lucas allegedly did as a favor to director J. J. Abrams.”
Regarding the first new movie slated to come out — Star Wars X — insider Mike Zeroh corroborates this claim and has stated that Lucas “will be overlooking the preproduction phase, as well as principal photography and post-production and will have the power to make choices for the new star wars movie, as well as Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.”
What does this mean for the future of the franchise? It may be that Disney is realizing that anything Star Wars related that does not have George Lucas involved is good counterfeit, at best. It is very difficult to take someone’s life work and then carry it on without at least being trained in the ways of the force by the Jedi Master himself, George Lucas.
The new movies have been an attempt by Disney to prolong a franchise that Lucas deemed finished. And to resurrect it, they need him at the helm. They realized this. Disney has a wildly talented group of directors and writers at their disposal. However, Star Wars was the truly niche brainchild of Lucas — impossible to fully understand without him.
In the last three movies since Disney took the helm, it has felt sort of as if creators were walking on eggshells, trying to find the identity of the franchise. They felt like movies made out of pressure and the fear of failure, rather than free-flowing fun and creativity.
Having Lucas involved will change all of that. Disney creators will no longer have that “tightrope walking feeling” as they are trying to birth a new story. This is a great step for Disney, which, though imperfect, always listens to the fans.
George Lucas just has a magic about him. He has a mind for the universe he created that is hard to emulate. He just lives and breathes it effortlessly. Having him involved is reason for real excitement for the future of Star Wars.
In a sense, this also gives authority back to the franchise: It allows us to see more of what Lucas imagined and to live in his world a little longer. As fans, we can question things; we can be disappointed at things, but we can only question George Lucas so much.
He’s the G.O.A.T. And it’s great to potentially have him back.
How long this will last? Not much is really known beyond Star Wars X. And, truly, right now it is too early to know anything for sure about whether this is happening or not. These are very early whispers. But it seems like the sources are legitimate, and it is worth getting excited about.
I’m amped. Let’s do this.