By: Dominic Jones
There has been a lot of stories recently about what Star Wars creator George Lucas' original vision for the sequel trilogy was. Reports suggested that Lucas had originally intended to begin the trilogy with the next generation as children, much like Anakin Skywalker in Episode I and among the many changes JJ Abrams and his crew made were to change the age of the children to being in their twenties. Turns out, this was false and Lucas always intended for the next generation to be in the sequel trilogy as twenty-somethings. In an interview with Stephen Colbert at the Tribeca Film Festival, which took place (and was available online) weeks before the Vanity Fair story, Lucas said,
"The original Saga was about the father, the children, and the grandchildren. That’s not a secret to anybody, it’s even in the novels and everything. The children were in their 20s and everything, so it wasn’t The Phantom Menace again."
Let's be clear about this. This is not Lucas "responding" to the rumors. This is something Lucas said weeks before the Vanity Fair article which suggested his treatments were about little kids. I also find it very telling that there are no actual quotes from JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Lawrence Kasdan, Bob Iger, or anybody close to the production actually quoted saying that. The only person who we have a quote from is Lucas and the quote was several weeks old when the story began being circulated. Clearly there was some miscommunication somewhere that led to this false rumor being started.
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