The history of George Lucas’ sequel trilogy is a bit of a weird one. Sometimes he talked about doing another trilogy and sometimes he says that he only ever intended to make six movies. Reports shifted several times in the original trilogy era and by the time the prequels ended and George seemed to be a bit disappointed in how the fans received them he decided to leave it at that.
There is a clip from an interview with Mark Hamill were he said that George once approached him about reprising the character for an Episode VII in about 2011 where Luke would be an “Obi-Wan type” character.
George Lucas featured in a book called James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction and he actually made some comments about what would happened if he chose to do a sequel trilogy.
In the book, Lucas described, “[The next three Star Wars films] were going to get into a microbiotic world. But there’s this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force.”
He added, “If I’d held onto the company I could have done it, and then it would have been done. Of course, a lot of fans would have hated it, just like they did Phantom Menace and everything, but at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.”
This is the first time I’ve heard anything of this sort. Obviously the Whills was a term that originated in the first title for Star Wars, the lengthy Adventures of Luke Starkiller taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga 1: The Star Wars. That’s a mouth full. The Guardians of the Whills were featured in Rogue One. This concept seems a bit more “hard sci-fi” than the Star Wars films are known for. They may take place in another galaxy but I always considered them to be more of an adventure type movie than a sci-fi movie like Blade Runner.
Who knows what would’ve happened with this concept. George’s idea for the sequel trilogy always seems to have been changing. This Whills story could’ve just been one element of the story. We do know that the idea of Luke Skywalker being in exile on an island was one of George’s ideas for Episode VII and a young woman named Kira (that was probably an influence on Rey) was trying to convince him to train her. Qi’ra, the character in Solo is probably a reference to the original name for Rey.
What do you think of this little tidbit about George’s sequel trilogy?