Historical Development

In here we document what we had known previous to 10/30/12.  Whether any of it is relevant remains to be seen.

1976 – Mark Hamill, in 2004, recollecting a conversation with George
Lucas:

  • “Twelve movies! Out on the desert, any time between setups… lots of free time. And George was talking about this whole thing… ‘Um, how’d you like to be in Episode IX?’ ‘When is that going to be?’ ‘2011.’ […] I said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do?’ He said, ‘You’ll just be like a cameo. You’ll be like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope.’”

1976-1980 – Gary Kurtz’ recollection about the Star Wars Saga:

  • EPISODE 1: The Jedi Knights development
  • EPISODE 2: Obi-Wan Kenobi’s story
  • EPISODE 3:  Darth Vader’s story
  • EPISODE 4: Basically an update to Hidden Fortress.  Luke was female, Han was Luke’s brother and Luke’s father was in prison.
  • EPISODE 5: Fairly consistent with what actually was filmed.
  • EPISODE 6: Han dies, Leia reunites the remaining Alderaanians as their Queen, Luke goes solo.
  • EPISODE 7: Vague storyline involving Luke reestablishing the Jedi.
  • EPISODE 8: Would center around Luke’s sister (not Leia in the original drafts) first appearance.
  • EPISODE 9: The Emeperor’s story
  • Which of course means the conclusion we got in VI would have been a similar conclusion to the end of the original saga.

1978 – Time Magazine article reported that Lucas would be
producing The Empire Strikes Back and then 10 other planned
sequels.

1979 – Interview with George Lucas on the set of The Empire Strikes
Back:

  • “The first script was one of six original stories I had written in the form of two trilogies. After the success of Star Wars, I added another trilogy. So now there are nine stories. The original two trilogies were conceived of as six films of which the first film was number four.”

1979 – Once Upon A Galaxy interview with George Lucas

  • “There are essentially nine films in a series of three trilogies. The first trilogy is about the young Ben Kenobi and the early life of Luke’s father when Luke was a little boy. This trilogy takes place some twenty years before the second trilogy which includes Star Wars and Empire. About a year or two passes between each story of the trilogy and about twenty years pass between the trilogies. The entire saga spans about fifty-five years… I won’t say who survives and who doesn’t, but if we are ever able to link togther all three, you’d find the story progresses in a very logical fashion.”

1980 – Post-production of The Empire Strikes Back conversation
between George Lucas and ILM manager Jim Bloom.

  • “The first trilogy is about the young Ben Kenobi and the early life of Luke’s father when Luke is a little boy. This trilogy takes place some 20 years before the second trilogy, which includes Star Wars and Empire. About a year or two passes between each story of the trilogy and about 20 years between the trilogies. The entire saga spans about 55 years. I’m still left with three trilogies of nine films. At two hours each, that’s about eighteen hours of film!”

1980 – After the release of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas was
quoted:

  • “The prequel stories exist — where Darth Vader came from, the whole story about Darth and Ben Kenobi — and it all takes place before Luke was born. The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal. I have a tiny notebook full of notes on that. If I’m really ambitious, I could proceed to figure out what would have happened to Luke.”

1980 – Rolling Stone interview with George Lucas:

  • The sequels, the three films that would follow Jedi, are considerably vaguer. Their main theme will be the necessity for moral choices & the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong.

1980 –L.A. Readerinterview with George Lucas

  • Star Wars is really three trilogies, nine films… it won’t be finished for probably another 20 years.”

1983 Time Magazine Article:

  • The sequels, the three films that would follow Jedi, are considerably vaguer. Their main theme will be the necessity for moral choices & the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong.

1983 – Denise Worrell, ICONS:

  • But he has only a vague notion of what will happen in the three films of the sequel? In the sequel Luke would be a sixty-year-old Jedi knight. Han Solo and Leia would be together? The sequel focuses mainly on Luke, and Lucas says Mark Hamill will have first crack at the part if he is old enough. “If the first trilogy is social and political and talks about how society evolves,” Lucas says, “Star Wars is more about personal growth and self realization, and the third deals with moral and philosophical problems… The sequel is about Jedi knighthood, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned.”

 1991 – Timothy Zahn, in 2012, recollecting a conversation with
George Lucas:

  • “The original idea as I understood it— and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he’s thinking right now – but it was going to be three generations. You’d have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke’s father and find out what happened to him [in the prequels], and if there was another 7th, 8th, or 9th film, it would be Luke’s children. The Thrawn Trilogy really would have fit into the gap,” the author said.

1997 – Star Wars Insider interview with George Lucas:

  • “[The whole story has] six episodes….If I ever went beyond that, it would be something that was made up. I really don’t have any notion other than ‘Gee, it would be interesting to do Luke Skywalker later on.’ It wouldn’t be part of the main story, but a sequel to this thing.”

1999 – Mark Hamill at a Star Wars convention stated that George
approached him about doing a new film, but CGI with Mark,
Carrie, Harrison, and Billy Dee Williams reprising their voices.

1999 - Vanity Fair interview with George Lucas

  • “When you see it in six parts, you’ll understand”, Lucas said. “It really ends at part six.”
  • He was also asked about someone else taking over the film franchise:
    “Probably not, it’s my thing.”

2002 -The Guardian  interview with George Lucas

  • “The challenge for me is telling a six-part story: so in Episode I there are things that I have to get in that refer to Episode VII — no, hang on, we’re not there yet. I mean Episode IV.

2007 – Museum of Television and Radio’s William S. Paley Television
Festival Q&A with George Lucas:

  • “The mysterious other Star Wars movies.  (It was) an idea that seemed amusing at the time, but doesn’t seem realistic now.”

2008 – ShoWest interview with George Lucas

  • Interviewer: “Do you think you’d have other people continue the Star Wars saga past Episode VI or turn some of the other material into films?“Lucas: “But there’s no story past Episode VI, there’s just no story. It’s a certain story about Anakin Skywalker and once Anakin Skywalker dies, that’s kind of the end of the story. There is no story about Luke Skywalker, I mean apart from the books.

2008 -Total Film Magazine interview with George Lucas

  • Total Film: “Are you happy for new Star Wars tales to be told after you’re gone?“George Lucas: “I’ve left pretty explicit instructions for there not to be any more features. There will definitely be no Episodes VII-IX. That’s because there isn’t any story. I mean, I never thought of anything. And now there have been novels about the events after Episode VI, which isn’t at all what I would have done with it. The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn’t come back to life, the Emperor doesn’t get cloned and Luke doesn’t get married…

 

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