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Original 'Star Wars' editor: JJ Abrams and Kathleeen Kennedy "don't get it" [message #411122] Tue, 21 September 2021 03:15
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'Star Wars' Editor Marcia Lucas Slams Kathleen Kennedy,
J.J. Abrams and Sequel Trilogy: 'They Don't Get It'
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Marcia Lucas, the Oscar-winning editor of the original "Star Wars,"
wasn't very happy with Disney's sequel trilogy. She said producer
Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams "don't get it" and "the
storylines are terrible" in an interview for J.W. Rinzler's book
"Howard Kazanjian: A Producer's Life," which examines the prolific
producer's life, including his time on the "Star Wars" franchise.

"I like Kathleen. I always liked her. She was full of beans. She
was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman. And
I liked her husband, Frank. I liked them a lot. Now that she's
running Lucasfilm and making movies, it seems to me that Kathy
Kennedy and J.J. Abrams don't have a clue about 'Star Wars.' They
don't get it. And J.J. Abrams is writing these stories - when
I saw that movie where they kill Han Solo, I was furious. I was
furious when they killed Han Solo. Absolutely, positively there
was no rhyme or reason to it. I thought, 'You don't get the Jedi
story. You don't get the magic of 'Star Wars.' You're getting rid
of Han Solo?'" Lucas says in the book.

She served as an editor on "Star Wars," for which she won the
Oscar for film editing in 1977, and "Return of the Jedi," and she
was an uncredited editor on "The Empire Strikes Back." Lucas was
credited with editing the thrilling Battle of Yavin and Death
Star assault sequences in the first film of the trilogy. Her
other editing credits include "Taxi Driver," for which she earned
an BAFTA nod, "American Graffiti," which nabbed her an Oscar nom,
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "New York, New York." She
was also married to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from
1969-1983.

Having worked on the original trilogy, she criticized the deaths
of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa and Rey, played by
Daisy Ridley in Disney's trilogy of sequels.

"They have Luke disintegrate. They killed Han Solo. They killed
Luke Skywalker. And they don't have Princess Leia anymore. And
they're spitting out movies every year. And they think it's
important to appeal to a woman's audience, so now their main
character is this female, who's supposed to have Jedi powers,
but we don't know how she got Jedi powers, or who she is. It sucks.
The storylines are terrible. Just terrible. Awful. You can quote
me - 'J.J. Abrams, Kathy Kennedy - talk to me,'" Lucas says in the
book.

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