The discussion around the Star Wars sequels has always been quite heated. Though, for the most part, that talk had died down somewhat after the final Skywalker saga installment, The Rise of Skywalker, came out in 2019. Now, that conversation is back in the spotlight again as a former Star Wars editor is making headlines about her remarks regarding the sequel trilogy.
Those remarks come from Marcia Lucas, who was not only an editor for Star Wars’ original trilogy but was married to George Lucas for about 14 years before they divorced in 1983. In a book titled Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life (via Twitter user @jediscum83), Lucas called out Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams specifically for the apparent downturn in the movies’ quality.
Here’s what Lucas had to say about Kathleen Kennedy specifically:
"She was full of beans. She was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman. And I liked her husband, Frank. I liked them a lot. Now that she’s running Lucasfilm and making movies, it seems to me that Kathy Kennedy and J.J. Abrams don’t have a clue about Star Wars. They don’t get it."
On top of that, she felt the choices made for many of the characters steered the sequels in the wrong direction. She shared:
"And J.J. Abrams is writing these stories — when I saw that movie where they kill Han Solo, I was furious. I was furious when they killed Han Solo. Absolutely, positively there was no rhyme or reason to it. I thought, You don’t get the Jedi story. You don’t get the magic of Star Wars. You’re getting rid of Han Solo?They have Luke disintegrate. They killed Han Solo. They killed Luke Skywalker. And they don’t have Princess Leia anymore. And they’re spitting out movies every year. And they think it’s important to appeal to a woman’s audience, so now their main character is this female, who’s supposed to have Jedi powers, but we don’t know how she got Jedi powers, or who she is. It sucks. The storylines are terrible. Just terrible. Awful. You can quote me…J.J. Abrams, Kathy Kennedy — talk to me."
The internet reacts to Marcia Lucas
Being the way the internet is, there were Twitter users who completely agreed with what Lucas said, and there were others who felt the sequel trilogy really held a lot of value. Without a doubt, Lucasfilm did manage to create characters that many Star Wars fans have rallied around, including leads Rey and Kylo Ren. But at the same time, it doesn’t take away from the fact that it still left the fandom polarized over the quality of the movies.
Here are some reactions to Marcia Lucas on Twitter.
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