Marcia Lucas, the acclaimed editor of the original Star Wars trilogy, has expressed her unhappiness with the way Disney approached the franchise’s recent sequel trilogy. The filmmaker, who won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 1977 for A New Hope, stated that she wasn’t very happy with the final three movies in the series. She noted that she feels producer and Luscafilm president, Kathleen Kennedy and The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams “don’t get it,” Variety is reporting.
Lucas, who was married to George Lucas, the creator of the franchise, between 1969-1983, said “the storylines are terrible” in the sequel trilogy. She made the statements while the late Rinzler, who once worked as an executive editor at Lucasfilm, interviewed her in between the releases of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, for his newly released book, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life. The book examines Kazanjian’s life, including his time producing the Star Wars series.
“I like Kathleen. I always liked her. She was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman. And I liked her husband, Frank. I liked them a lot. 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. And J.J. Abrams is writing these stories — when I saw that movie where they kill Han Solo, I was furious. 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 stated in the book.
Lucas, who also edited A New Hope’s follow-up, Return of the Jedi, and was an uncredited editor on The Empire Strikes Back, criticized the deaths of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Rey in the sequel trilogy. “They have Luke disintegrate. 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. You can quote me — ‘J.J. Abrams, Kathy Kennedy — talk to me,'” Lucas added in the book.