While fans aren’t at all happy with what Disney did with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at least the House of the Mouse may have saved them from George Lucas’s original ideas for Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX.
A Twitter user posted info from James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction series on AMC revealing what George Lucas originally intended.
We see George Lucas mentions delving into the “microbiotic world” of Star Wars, which is a reference to the prequels and the Midichlorians, which Lucas says are the creatures responsible for The Force.
Lucas even mentions that (similar to The Last Jedi), fans probably would have hated it it, but (similar to The Last Jedi) knowing full well that fans would have hated it, he would have put it out anyway.
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
I always thought it kind of odd why George Lucas (I guess) felt the need to explain The Force through use of the Midichlorians as I felt it was unneeded and didn’t fit with the original trilogy. I believe in the original trilogy, The Force was explained by Obi-Wan as an energy field created by all living beings, and not some microscopic bug akin to good and bad bacteria.
Regarding the Midichlorians appearing in the Disney Star Wars movies, I also believe J.J. Abrams said they wouldn’t be used (at least when he was developing Star Wars: The Force Awakens).