After the recent announcement of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and the subsequent announcement of their plans to continue the Star Wars movie franchise, new batches of rumors and semi-official details have started pouring through various proverbial cracks on the Internet, with the latest one coming from official George Lucas biographer Dale Pollock, stating that the next trilogy of Star Wars film could pick up with Luke Skywalker as a middle-aged man.
According to Pollock, Lucas’ original idea for the saga spanned twelve films, treatments for which he was allowed to read when researching his biography.
“It was originally a 12-part saga,” says Pollock. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these three movies.”
Pollock also states that the next phase will bring Luke back into the action fold, describing it as a return to form after the disappointment of the prequels:
“I think they’re horrible,” he says of the second trilogy. “When he did the three prequels, he was in a Lucas vacuum. No one saw the scripts [in advance], they were dreadful screenplays. I thought they seemed dry. They were medieval in terms of court intrigue. And it was a weird way to start out the story.”
Of course, the chances of the new batch of films being accurate to Lucas’ original vision is slim to none, but Pollock states that Lucas’ original vision will at least form the basis for the new trilogy:
“Writers will absolutely take his outline,” he says. “That’s in part what Disney bought.”