That and the fact that he would remain on as a consultant (despite it being clear he wouldn’t have much in the way of creative control) worried fans of the franchise; did this mean we’d get the prequels all over again?
It has now been revealed that his treatments for a new trilogy of Star Wars movies aren’t being used, explaining perhaps why writer Michael Arndt was replaced once J.J. Abrams came on board as director.
“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those,” Lucas says. “So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [for Star Wars: The Force Awakens].” Arndt was working on a screenplay based on Lucas’ treatments since before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, so it seems obvious now that they simply did not work with whatever Abrams’ vision is.
The director did work with Arndt on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenplay for some time, but he would later take over writing duties alongside Lawrence Kasdan. How does Lucas feel about this? In all honesty, he probably doesn’t care with $4 billion in the bank, and he has no say whatsoever regardless…