Now, according to E! Online, a Lucasfilm source said that the plot of the film will be "an original story." This means that Episode VII will not be an adaptation of any existing licensed Star Wars material. So, for those of you with your hearts set on that Thrawn Trilogy, I'm afraid your dreams reside in the Netherworld of the Force.
This news only adds to the mystery and intrigue surrounding the third Star Wars trilogy, because, well... now we have no earthly idea what it's about.
One person who might have a clue is Dale Pollock, author of the unauthorized biography Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas. In a chat with TheWrap, Pollock revealed that he was able to read the outlines to Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but had to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing him from revealing the specifics of their contents.
"It was originally a 12-part saga," recalled Pollock. "The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, `I want to see these 3 movies.'" He added that an older version of Luke Skywalker appears in the final trilogy. We'll see if any of these elements remain in the final version of the third trilogy.
Finally, click here if you're curious what filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Damon Lindelof, and Robert Rodriguez think about the prospect of a new Star Wars trilogy.
Stay tuned for further Episode VII updates as they become available.
My faith in this project is going down the toilet faster than an unwanted pregnancy on prom night...
So we're avoiding the expanded universe and accepted lore for Star Wars in favor of something new and original? So I'm guessing this means the original cast is out and we're probably going the route I was suspecting in the beginning. Get ready for a movie starring Ben Skywalker, Jacen Solo, and the rest of the kids from Star Wars without any of the actual main characters there like Luke, Leia, Han, and such.
Also hearing that Lucas had other scripts in the works doesn't spark confidence considering nothing ever came of them. If he didn't feel they were strong enough to move forward then I can't imagine the kind of shape they were in.