In an article from IGN, the writer hints that it was George Lucas who came up with the idea for dragging Palpatine’s dead corpse through this fiasco. And Abrams didn’t say anything to clarify or deny that thought.
How George Lucas Helped Finish Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
JJ Abrams consulted with him to help craft the end of the Skywalker saga.
The new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features quite the surprise: as the trailer comes to a close, the screen cuts to black and our ears are filled with the cackling of Emperor Palpatine. It’s a laugh cold enough to send shivers down your spine and a character inclusion crazy enough to make your head spin. He met his electrifying end in Return of the Jedi, after all. IGN talked to director and co-writer JJ Abrams at Star Wars Celebration Chicago about how the iconic villain came to be a part of the film, and his answer included a meeting with the Maker himself, George Lucas.
“This movie had a very, very specific challenge, which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies, and so we had to look at, what is the bigger story? We had conversations amongst ourselves, we met with George Lucas before writing the script,” Abrams revealed. “These were things that were in real, not debate, but looking at the vastness of the story and trying to figure out, what is the way to conclude this? But it has to work on its own as a movie, it has to be its own thing, it has to be surprising and funny and you have to understand it.”
Months ago it was rumored that Lucas was being consulted for Episode 9 to help make it a satisfying conclusion to the saga that he started, so now Abrams has confirmed that involvement. Abrams didn’t specifically cite Lucas as the person who came up with the idea to put Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, but given that Abrams brought up Lucas while discussing the fallen Emperor, it may well have been him.
Indiewire also suggested that resurrecting Palpatine was George Lucas’ idea.
In response to a question about the surprise return of Emperor Palpatine, a character Lucas created as the main antagonist of the first two trilogies, Abrams did what those involved with secretive blockbusters often must do: speak generally, while hinting at a deeper truth.
“This movie had a very, very specific challenge, which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies, and so we had to look at, what is the bigger story? We had conversations amongst ourselves, we met with George Lucas before we started writing the script,” Abrams, who co-wrote and directed both “The Force Awakens” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” told IGN.
But fired Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is having none of that. According to SlashFilm, Trevorrow spoke with Empire Magazine and set the record straight:
“Bringing back the Emperor was an idea JJ brought to the table when he came on board. It’s honestly something I never considered. I commend him for it. This was a tough story to unlock, and he found the key.” That said, there are still some of Trevorrow’s ideas in the film. He has a story credit, and he added to Empire: “I’m grateful to JJ [Abrams] for embracing some of our ideas. It’s exciting that fans will get to see the moments that felt essential to all of us.”
Sorry JJ. This shit sandwich is entirely your making.
Originally published here.