Do You Miss George Lucas' Influence on the STAR WARS Franchise? Simon Pegg Does
Even though I’ve enjoyed what Lucasfilm has been doing with the Star Wars franchise since Disney bought it, I still can’t help but wonder what these films, particularly the saga trilogy, would have been like had George Lucas been the one that made them.
The filmmaker was in the process of developing a new trilogy of Star Wars film because he decided to sell everything to Disney and walk away.
A lot of fans aren’t happy with the direction of the saga, which is understandable. Simon Pegg feels like there’s something missing with the franchise and he believes that something is the influence of of George Lucas, which he misses.
While visiting The Adam Buxton Podcast, Simon Pegg explained:
“I must admit, watching the last Star Wars film, the overriding feeling I got when I came out was, 'I miss George Lucas.' For all the complaining that I'd done about him in the prequels, there was something amazing about his imagination. I do feel like his voice is missing from the current ones.”
I agree with him. Even though the films are based in the world he build, his influence is noticeably absent. These movies that are currently being made, are pretty much fan films, not the kinds of films that Lucas would have made.
It would have been nice if Lucasfilm kept Lucas on as a consultant to help shepherd the films in the right direction that he envisioned. That’s what Marvel does with Kevin Feige acting as the architect of all the films to make sure that the Marvel universe lows well and works properly.
I don’t know, maybe there wouldn’t be so much Star Wars fan hate if Lucas would have been kept on as a consultant. But, Lucas did share his ideas for the original trilogy, and he did say fans would have hated it. The question is, would they have hated it as much as what Rian Johnson did in The Last Jedi?
I guess we’ll never know. But, do you miss the influence of George Lucas on the Star Wars films?