Making Star Wars fans happy is one of the biggest challenges in the world, while some fans criticized The Force Awakens for its similarities, they criticized The Last Jedi to be way different from what they had expected it to be. While the most common criteria to criticize the new trilogy is to highlight how they have gone into a direction different from the original ideas that George Lucas had for this trilogy. Still, Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo clarified on Twitter how most of the new films’ elements resemble Lucas’ ideas.
Since Lucas never wrote complete scripts for the three movies of a sequel trilogy, it is difficult to precisely understand how far he had conceptualized the movies; probably he might have just created a mashup of characters, themes, and story points. Among all those people online, it won’t be wrong to say Hidalgo is the one who knows the most about Lucas’ plans, considering his position within Lucasfilm.
The very first things Hidalgo did was to confirm to a user that The Last Jedi’s events are in sync with Lucas’ plans, and the major difference is the timing of the events.
Hidalgo’s acknowledgment of the timeline modifications was the outcome of a user highlighting that as per the book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucas always wanted to make a movie which showed Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son choosing the Dark Side, murdering Han as well as several of his fellow students, early in his life. Further, Rey making Luke come out of his self-imposed exile was also an idea Lucas had contemplated, and all these ideas were supposed to be featured in the proposed Episode VII.
Some Twitter users, believing that they were the supreme voice on the topic, stated that the incidents in Star Wars Legends novels and comic book were an accurate depiction of Lucas’ original plans, and Hidalgo trashed that thought.
Hidalgo tried remaining politically correct, and one thing that he really found difficult to overlook was that the scripts were never created. Therefore, any reference to them discredits the theories about the imaginary literary works.
Some of the debates about Lucas’ ideas might have been based on the comments of Mark Hamill about the direction that the new trilogy has taken.
“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice,” Hamill told Metro. “Because he had an outline for [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX. And it is vastly different to what they have done.”
It might also be true, depending upon the timing Hamill found out about those films, Lucas might have changed his plans about the films compared to what he earlier told the actor.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is presently playing in cinemas.