It turns out that George Lucas had some pretty ‘out there’ ideas for his Star Wars sequel trilogy. In his new book, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, Alien and Avatar director James Cameron interviews George Lucas. Lucas speaks of his life’s work and his contribution to the cinematic world of science fiction. The fans, however, seem most interested in Lucas’ discussion of his vision for Episodes VII-IX.
George Lucas Just Loves Those Midi-Chlorians
The segment of the interview starts with Lucas talking about finding ‘life of Mars’ and believing that we will find ‘life all over the solar system’. From here Lucas gets a little sentimental. He links the idea of extra-terrestrial life to one of his own creations – the midi-chlorians of The Phantom Menace. Who can forget when Qui-Gon Jinn first mentioned them? Qui-Gon telling Yoda that young Anakin Skywalker’s ‘cells have the highest concentration of midi-chlorians’ he had seen in a life-form.
Everyone hated it in Phantom Menace [when] we started talking about midi-chlorians. There’s a whole aspect to that movie that is about symbiotic relationships.
Lucas goes on to reveal that his sequel trilogy would have expanded on his vision of this ‘microbiotic world’ by basing the trilogy around the Whills. He tells us that ‘the Whills are the ones who actually control the force. They feed off the force.’
So what are the Whills?
Thinking that you’ve heard of them before? You’d be right. The Whills are cited as the ‘community of beings’ that wrote the Journal of the Whills. This is a sacred text that recorded important events in the galaxy. Shamans among them taught Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn how to retain his consciousness beyond death. In more recent Star Wars lore, Rogue One was set on the moon of Jedha, home to a force-worshipping monastic order called the Guardians of the Whills.
Does it Sound Interesting or the Worst Idea You’ve Ever Heard?
Well, whatever your view, it’s a sequel trilogy we will never see. Lucas himself seems sad that it was a story that he never got to finish. Would you rather have seen Lucas’ sequel trilogy? Or grateful for the sequel trilogy that Disney’s Lucasfilm gave us instead? Is there room in the current canon for a film based around the lore of the Whills? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!