UK Website Den of Geek ran a story today called George Lucas on his Star Wars sequels that never were based on the "eagle-eyed" assertions of a Twitter user's post. In it, DoG asserts that Lucas had indeed begun sussing out his sequels but with plans to go smaller not bigger. And we mean a lot smaller—like characters one millionth the size of the current ones.
In a Twitter post dated June 11th, Artist and presumed Star Wars fan Livio Ramdondelli, points out the clues he found in a companion book for the TV show James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction (currently playing in the US on AMC).
While most fans are familiar with the Lucas the lore that he had already begun to develop his own sequel trilogy BEFORE he sold the franchise to Disney (those ideas were ultimately rejected by the studio), most fans have been heretofore been left in the dark as to the details of those plans.
Here's Livio's proof of Lucas' plans for Star Wars sequel "microbiotic" domination:
As far as I've seen, these are the first specifics George Lucas has shared about what his vision of Episodes 7-9 would have been. This comes from @insighteditions awesome companion book to "James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction series" on AMC: pic.twitter.com/Wtlw8zlrqv— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
In the screenshot, Lucas is quoted as predicting that fans would have "...hated it, just like they did Phantom Menace and everything," and it appears he may not have been too far off the mark.
It would have been an earthshaking cinematic moment when our hero eats a handful of penicillin— I've Passed Through (@thecolonelmc) June 13, 2018
Though many fans actually came to Lucas' defense, even invoking the words of Mark Hamill to make their case and wishing to have seen the "Whill" of the creator win out:
“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice," Hamill told Metro. "Because he had an outline for [Episodes] VII, VIII and IX. And it is vastly different to what they have done.” I still trust Mark. Would have rather seen Georges vision.— Marco (@Mushotokuu) June 13, 2018
Man, I wish we’d gotten that now. That would have been amazing— Michael Ivey (@GeneralTekno) June 12, 2018
Definitely an interesting concept for sure! Seems like he wanted to better explain Midi-Chlorians and tie it into the spirituality a lot of people felt they undermined.— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
Some even knew the history of the "Whills" predating the internet:
I always thought it was fascinating that so many of us SW fans had heard of the "Journal of the Whills" growing up. Like it was pre-internet, and so those little bits of info just seemed to permeate through the fandom in in-person conversations.— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
Absolutely For Real: I worked at B&N for a while and rediscovered the Journal of The Whills from when I had been a kid - it's actually "excerpted" as George's intro to his own novelization for Ep. IV!— 'Space-Dan 🚀🛰️👾☄️ (@thephunkyjedi) June 12, 2018
PS The "best" parts of the PT are drawn directly from those 2 paragraphs!
Some had feelings that were pragmatically torn:
While it sounds intriguing, Lucas' prequels suffered from not of a want of ideas but a lack of execution. Yeah, this sounds interesting, but would he have delivered?— perspicaciousdotard (@alaspoormori) June 13, 2018
It's a good story idea, that probably would have been poorly executed. Just like the story arch of the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker is a good story idea that was poorly executed.— Nickz (@NZellto) June 13, 2018
In the end, it is what it is.