George Lucas took some time to chat with Access Hollywood at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards, and told them that he’s confident the future of the Star Wars franchise is in good hands. As part of the $4.05 billion dollar sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Lucas has handed the keys to his galaxy far, far away to director J.J. Abrams.
Lucas told Access Hollywood that he’s excited about the reboot. “J.J.’s a great director, and we’re friends,” said Lucas. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works. And if he doesn’t, [Lucasfilms president] Kathy [Kennedy] will keep it straight!” he joked.
When asked about his involvement in any subsequent films, Lucas said that his participation will be minimal. “If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” suggested Lucas. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”
Lucas did have some advice for Abrams, who – having just released his second Star Trek film – is no stranger to rebooting a cultural phenomenon. “No matter how you do it, it’s a complicated cultural icon. Therefore you’re always going to be in trouble no matter what you do,” said Lucas. “So, the best thing you can do is just plow forward and try to do the best story you can.”
Hopefully, that won’t involve Jar Jar Binks.
Star Wars Episode 7 will be directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Michael Arndt, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams has announced his imminent move to London, England, to begin filming, so we should likely see the start of production in early 2014.