Star Wars editor Marcia Lucas, who worked on the original Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, called out Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams for their destruction of the Star Wars franchise.
Lucas, who won an Oscar for Best Film Editing for the original Star Wars film back in 1977, made her thoughts about the Disney sequel trilogy quite clear in a recently published book titled Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life by recently passed Star Wars author J.W. Rinzler.
In the book, as reported by YouTuber Open-Airlock Policy, Lucas described the sequel trilogy storylines as “terrible.”
Lucas stated, “I like Kathleen. I always liked her. She was full of beans. She was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman. And I liked her husband, Frank. I like them a lot.”
However, she then added, “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.”
She specifically pointed to the killing of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, “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.”
Lucas added, “”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?'”
As for Luke, she noted, “And then at the end of this last one, The Last Jedi, 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.”
Marcia Lucas would then take issue with Kennedy’s attempt to appeal to women with the introduction of Rey, “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.”
Lucas then added, “You can quote me–’J.J. Abrams, Kathy Kennedy–talk to me.”
Lucas’ comments were also shared to Twitter by user Jediscum83.
He wrote, “Marcia Lucas on the Disney produced Star Wars films.”
Not only did Jediscum83 share Lucas’ thoughts on the sequel trilogy, but she also discussed her thoughts on the prequel trilogy, specifically Episode 1.
Lucas stated, “George is, in his heart and soul, a good guy and a talented filmmaker. I wish he would’ve kept directing [other kinds of] movies. But when I went to see Episode I–I had a friend who worked at ILM, who took me as a guest to a preview–I remember going out to the parking lot, sitting in my car and crying. I cried. I cried because I didn’t think it was very good.”
She elaborated, “And i thought he had such a rich vein to mine, a rich palette to tell stories with. He had all those characters. And I thought it was weird that the story was about this little boy who looked like he was six years old, but then later on he’s supposed to get with this princess who looked like she was twenty years old.”
“There were thing I didn’t like about the casting, and things I didn’t like about the story, and I think I didn’t like–it was a lot of eye candy. CG,” Lucas added.
Mark Hamill had a different opinion about the prequels noting, “I was impressed that the prequels had their own identity. They were criticized because they were exposition-heavy and more cerebral and probably, like he said back in 1976, they weren’t as commercial. It’s a darker story.”
“But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified and I’m shocked at how brutal they can be, not just in the case of the Star Wars films, but across the board,” he added.
Marcia Lucas would also address claims that she was the heart of Star Wars.
“I wouldn’t think so. I definitely made scenes work. I made the end battle work,” she stated. “I definitely had a lot to do with making it work, but I wasn’t the writer and I wasn’t the director, and I didn’t come up with the creative names, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker. All those names are classics. George came up with all of it using his amazing imagination.”
What do you make of Lucas’ comments about the sequel trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and media claims that she’s the heart of Star Wars?