Marcia Lucas, the editor of the original Star Wars films, has shared her belief that J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm don’t understand the franchise.
Lucas made her comments in an interview shared by Variety for J.W. Rinzler’s book, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life.
Though she made clear that she liked current Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, on a personal level – she wasn’t shy in criticising her and Abrams work on the Star Wars franchise.
(Warning: Spoilers ahead)
“It seems to me that Kathy Kennedy and J.J. Abrams don’t have a clue about Star Wars. They don’t get it,” stated Lucas. “And J.J. Abrams 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?’”
Lucas claimed an Oscar for her work on the original Star Wars. The 75-year-old also contributed in the editing room of Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back and was married to the man behind the franchise, George Lucas, from 1969 to 1983.
“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’.”
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