Marcia Lucas, who was an editor on the original Star Wars trilogy and also George Lucas's first wife, has slammed the recent reboots of the space opera and rounded on director J.J. Abrams for killing off Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
Lucas (née Marcia Lou Griffin) was an editor on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. She also worked as an editor on Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and George Lucas's American Graffiti.
However, she has now said that acting president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy and Abrams "don’t have a clue" about Star Wars.
Writing as part of the foreword passage to Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life by J.W. Rinzler, a new biography on the film producer and regular Lucas collaborator, Lucas had penned a scathing overview of the new Star Wars movies.
"I like Kathleen. I always liked her. She was full of beans. She was really smart and really bright. Really wonderful woman," Lucas says.
"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 J.J. 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?’"
She added, "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."