With the recent release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, fans are no doubt poring over it for the smallest tidbits of information. For the first time since perhaps Episode I: The Phantom Menace, fans have hopes of recapturing the excitement they once had when they were kids. This is in no small part due to director J.J. Abrams and his team bringing Star Wars back to a more grounded and lived-in world that we remember from the original trilogy.
From the familiar sights in the trailer, like the Millennium Falcon and extreme terrestrial landscapes, to the new sights like the remodeled stormtroopers and the new soccer ball-esque droid BB-8, there was a great deal for fans to latch onto. December can’t come soon enough for Star Wars geeks around the world, but they’re not the only ones looking forward to seeing this movie. In an interview with Stephen Colbert at the Tribeca Film Festival, Star Wars creator George Lucas revealed that he’s also really excited to see the movie when it hits the big screen.
“The one thing I regretted about doing Star Wars is I never got to see it. I’d seen [the footage in the editing room] a hundred times, so I never got to have that thrill. This time, it’ll be very different because they’re doing a kind of a different story. I don’t know anything about it.”
Given George Lucas’s heavy involvement in every other Star Wars film to date, it makes sense that this will be the first time he can actually sit back and enjoy the film for what it is. In fact, as far as we know, Disney has gone on to use pretty much no ideas from Lucas this time around, as an interview with Cinema Blend back in January revealed.
The [ideas] that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].
Given the critical and fan reaction to Lucas’s prequel Star Wars trilogy, it’s no wonder Disney opted to pass on the purchased ideas. From the get-go, the true value was in the franchise itself.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015. Are you looking forward to the triumphant return of the mega-franchise?
[Image Credits: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer, Flickering Myth]