George Lucas still keeps an eye on Lucasfilm, even in retirement


George Lucas still offers Lucasfilm suggestions on Jedi lore…

Since George Lucas retired and sold his lucrative Lucasfilm company to Disney, which included the likes of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and yes, Howard the Duck, I’ve always wondered what his involvement would be with the Star Wars story going forward.

Apparently, not much, but the original Jedi Master himself still stays involved, to a certain degree, without any say on where the story now goes. The current President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, who has known Lucas since their days on the set of the Indiana Jones films, admits that even without her former boss leading the charge, he still has an influence on how they go about making Star Wars films.

"He’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that."

Director Gareth Edwards got some pointers from Lucas while on the set of Rogue One, according to Entertainment Weekly’s Star Wars correspondent Anthony Breznican.

"His suggestions were limited to jokes and encouragement to not “screw up.”"

One thing that Lucas is still adamant about is the treatment of the Jedi, which Johnson takes very seriously, according to Breznican.

"The movie will justify Luke’s pledge: “I only know one truth — it’s time for the Jedi to end.”"

If you watch The Clone Wars animated series, you will find that Lucas really did love to explore and get creative with Jedi lore. His protege and apprentice Dave Filoni has developed the same style with his episodes of Rebels, venturing deeply into Jedi and Sith history.

Kennedy also believes that Lucas is starting to enjoy retirement and is learning his new place within the galaxy by learning to “settle in and be a fan.”

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