The “Star Wars” prequel trilogy generally suffers much criticism from fans, and the backlash over the years seems to come down to mainly two things, the writing and acting.
One of popular opinions is that prequel trilogy director and “Star Wars” creator George Lucas was not able to extract good performances from his actors. Lucas had at his disposal real acting pedigree with the likes of Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, but even these actors struggled with some of the bad lines and direction.
It now seems Lucas never actually intended to direct the prequels himself, filmmaker Ron Howard out doing promotion for “Heart of the Sea” revealed to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused Podcast that Lucas had approached him and two other directing heavyweights about directing the prequels:
“He [Lucas] didn’t necessarily want to direct them. He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the same thing: ‘George, you should do it’ I don’t think anybody wanted to follow-up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”
It would have been fascinating to see if these celebrated filmmakers could have delivered something better, would these potential directors have also done tweaks/rewrites on the scripts? It would be interesting to hear Lucas’ own reasoning for not wanting to helm himself, did he realise his own shortcomings with regards to extracting a performance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.