We are but days away from the arrival of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and early reviews cite the film as one of the best films in the franchise, which is no small compliment. This is fascinating as after the prequels were done, many felt the saga was truly complete, and no new films would come. But, when Disney bought Lucasfilm, they made sure it happened, and in bulk. And no one can argue with their success, but, that doesn’t mean the path they took was technically right.
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) for example noted in an interview that while he’s happy for the new films, it’s clear that Disney didn’t listen to Star Wars creator George Lucas in regards to the new trilogy.
“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice,” Hamill told Metro. “Because he had an outline for [Episodes] VII, VIII and IX. And it is vastly different to what they have done.”
This is interesting for numerous reasons, not the least of which was that the biggest complaint about The Force Awakens was that it was clearly (in many fans minds at least) a callback to A New Hope, and if Lucas had guided the film, that would not have happened. But don’t get Hamill wrong, he does like the new films, and he’s happy with the success the series is having once again.
“But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud,” Hamill confessed. “There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.”