'I Thought He Was Nuts': Mark Hamill on George Lucas Decision To Make More Star Wars Films
Mark Hamill has weighed in on the future of Star Wars, in wake of the news that the sci-fi franchise creator, George Lucas, has sold the rights to his cash monster to Disney. Admitting that it was a shock to find out that the sale had been made, Hamill admitted that he already knew of Lucas' plans to make Episodes VII, VIII and IX, after he'd met with him in the summer of this year.
"When he said, 'We decided we're going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,' I was just gobsmacked" recalled the original Luke Skywalker to Entertainment Weekly. "What? Are you nuts?!" he remembered saying. However, Hamill did concede that he could understand the decision to continue making movies for the franchise. On one hand he pointed out "there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that's the way it should be - and it's great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories."
However, he also commented "on the other hand, there's this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It's one of those things: people either just don't care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about.
Hamill also commented on the sale to Disney, saying "I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven't done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It's one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense."