George Lucas On Not Knowing Details of ‘Episode VII:’ “It’ll Be Very Thrilling”

By April 18, 2015
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Although this year’s Star Wars Celebration is the talk of Anaheim right now, one conspicuous absence at this year’s event is the universe’s creator, George Lucas. Since the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Lucas’ outward involvement in the formation of new material in the Star Wars universe hasn’t been as pronounced as it used to be, but that hasn’t stopped the director from taking a comfortable place as a more casual observer in how his creation will unfold.

According to Variety, Lucas is instead in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, where he recently had a sit down interview with Stephen Colbert. The event had several fun moments come up between the two men, with Lucas relaying Steven Spielberg’s early belief in the original Star Wars film, as well as Stephen Colbert revealing that he doesn’t want to be the man who follows in Jon Stewart’s footsteps as the king of “fake news.”

Then, the conversation turned to The Force Awakens, and the fact that the recently released second trailer for the film has caught on with so many people. Lucas revealed that he hasn’t yet seen it, hoping to instead take it in on the big screen — even if he has to stream it to the one that he owns. He also told Colbert that one of the things he regrets about making Star Wars in the first place is that he never had the ability to absorb it like audiences have. That won’t be the case this time, though, and the writer/director is intrigued by that prospect. “I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “This time it’ll be very thrilling.”

In one of the funnier bits to emerge from the hour-long discussion between the two men, Lucas gave a bit of levity about his own writing by revealing a philosophy he has about the presentation of movies. “I believe half a movie is the sound,” he said. “The sound is extremely important. But the dialogue is not.” That little nugget led Lucas to make a small joke at his own expense: “I’m notorious for wooden dialogue.” Colbert then quipped, “It’s not wooden! It’s hand-carved.”

All in all, it feels kind of nice knowing that Lucas is in a similar boat as the rest of us in waiting to see what J.J. Abrams brings to the table with the Star Wars universe. While he’s not likely clamoring like many of the rabid fans in Anaheim this weekend, it is amusing to think of Lucas waiting to see what will be explored in the film right up to the moment of the big, blue “A long time ago…” letters pop up.

What a strange and special moment that will be for the man who created the universe that so many love.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • mysteryman

    I bet he feels kinda anxious since there’s some surprises waiting around the corner.

    • I just don’t see how he could not care about knowing. It also makes me wonder if that was part of his deal.

  • DAnderson

    wow I wonder who was the mastermind behind this if Lucas has no idea o:

  • NEW W0RLD ORDER

    literally so excited for episode vii I can barely sleep

  • OliverH

    sound is important, dialogue is not I never really thought of it that way, could someone tell me more about what that means??

  • extraterrestrial

    had no idea Lucas was stepping down for this one! curious to see how this goes

  • RydeOrDye

    George deserves the weight off his shoulders, he’s done a lot for us

  • Doddyboy

    how many more are there to be made??

  • Clara

    absolutely thrilled for the release in winter (: