The Wrap reported on Pollock’s comments about the planned sequel trilogy. While researching his unauthorized biography, Pollock was allowed to read Lucas’ outlines for all 12 of the features. He calls the upcoming films, which will be Episodes 7, 8 and 9, “the most exciting” in the series.
“It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’”
Well now Pollock will get his chance, along with millions of fans around the world. Another thing the fans and Pollock have in common is the general distaste for the Star Wars prequels, as Pollock called them:
“dreadful. I think they’re horrible. For me, the first one is the worst. Maybe the second prequel is better one. I didn’t like the third one at all. When he did the three prequels, he was in a Lucas vacuum. No one saw the scripts [in advance], they were dreadful screenplays. I thought they seemed dry. They were medieval in terms of court intrigue. And it was a weird way to start out the story.”
Concerning the new sequel trilogy, which everyone hopes will be better than the prequels, Pollock revealed that they take place approximately 20 years after the events of the original trilogy. This places Luke Skywalker in his late 30s or early to mid-40s. Hamill, currently 61, will likely be replaced by a fresher face. According to Pollock, Lucas’ outlines will be an essential foundation of the upcoming trilogy:
“Writers will absolutely take his outline. That’s in part what Disney bought.”
Supporting an original story is a recent report from E! Online whose inside source claims that Episode 7 will not be pulled from any of the existing Star Wars novels or anything the fans have come across before.