“I thought it would have been more marketable if I had Anakin at 15 instead of 9,” he continued. “If I made the Queen 18 instead of 14, it would have been more marketable, but that’s not the story. It’s important that he’s young, the age at which he leaves his mother more often It’s more drama than when I was 15, so I have to do what’s right for the movie, not what’s right for the market. “
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“You’re going to destroy the franchise, you’re going to destroy everything,” Lucas said of Fox executives’ reaction to his story choices. He also remembered telling others on Lucasfilm that he was “making a movie that no one wanted to see.”
If you want to get into Lucas’s mind about Phantom Menace, check out his first day time capsule, which wrote Episode 1.
Also, check out this week’s Star Wars episode: The Mandalorian’s Secret Hidden Cameo and a description of the various denominations of the Mandalorian.
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