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George Lucas did an excellent job in creating the original Star Wars trilogy, which in fact revolutionized cinema and the way of consuming films. After much thought, the filmmaker came up with the idea for new films, now known by fans as the Prequel Trilogy, which tell the events prior to traditional films.
They were not so well received by the public at the time of its release, although today they already talk better with fans. Controversial, they led Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, to explain why these films exist, as revealed in the second episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, a documentary series currently being released by Disney +.
“I was around when the films that were between [as trilogias de Guerra nas Estrelas], which are the Indiana Jones films. I think that he [George Lucas] he never stopped wondering if he would do more Star Wars, and what happened during Indy was that he was not driving with his feet on the ground. He wasn’t necessarily there, because it was mainly Steven’s project [Spielberg]. So, with someone like George and someone who is a filmmaker, they get nervous after a while because they can’t be on the floor telling stories, making films and exercising their love for driving technology, obviously, we were doing a certain amount of that in each one of Indiana Jones films, but it wasn’t like Star Wars, and I think that every time we developed the technology, when making these films, he got the bug to start thinking about what that could mean for Star Wars. “
In summary, what Kennedy points out is that, while supporting Steven Spielberg in creating Indiana Jones, George Lucas ended up having many ideas and technologies that could be applied in the Star Wars franchise but, as the films were already finished, he ended up dedicating his creativity to create a new story in which to develop your new plans.
The films, released between 1999 and 2005 in theaters, had high expectations from fans, but did not reach them and, for many years, especially Episode I: The Phantom Menace, were severely criticized and only more recently, with the launch of the new trilogy, is that they started to be accepted among the most traditional fans of the saga.
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