George Lucas' Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians

James Cameron interviewed George Lucas for his TV series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. There was more discussed than made it to air, and the rest of the interview landed in a book, and now we know about what would have happened in the third Star Wars trilogy if it had followed Lucas' ideas. We can be very happy that didn't happen.

“[The next three ‘Star Wars’ films] were going to get into a microbiotic world,” he told Cameron. “There’s this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Lucas admitted, “Everybody hated it in ‘Phantom Menace’ [when] we started talking about midi-chlorians.” In terms of his storytelling, Lucas regarded individuals as “vehicles for the Whills to travel around in…And the conduit is the midi-chlorians. The midi-chlorians are the ones that communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force.”

Lucas is confidant that had he kept his company, the Whills-focused films “would have been done. Of course, a lot of the fans would have hated it, just like they did ‘Phantom Menace’ and everything, but at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.”   

But thankfully, it was not to be. Lucas instead retired and sold Lucasfilm. So no matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can just tell yourself it could have been so much worse. Read more at IndieWire.  -via Ars Technica

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