Marcia Lucas, the Star Wars Editor, says what we were all thinking. Former Lucasfilm executive editor J.W. Rinzler passed away before he could see his book on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi film producer Howard Kazanjian published. The book has now been released, and it contains some blunt talking in an interview with Marcia.
She won an Oscar for editing Star Wars (Episode IV – A New Hope) with Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew. She did an uncredited edit on The Empire Strikes Back and co-edited Return of the Jedi. She was married to George Lucas between 1969 and 1983. Other credits include Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and an Oscar nomination for American Graffiti.
As part of an interview for Rinzler’s book – Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life – Marcia Lucas was asked about the new Star Wars movies and she did not hold back:
“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 JJ 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?”
Rinzler interviewed Marcia Lucas in between the releases of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Lucas also spoke about The Last Jedi:
“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…JJ Abrams, Kathy Kennedy — talk to me.”
So not just fanboys on the internet Lucasfilm, but somebody who knows Star Wars better than anyone in your organization currently. Are you listening now?
Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life is now available to purchase.