So, George Lucas is a liar.
Hey, we already knew that, right? But, finally, after years and years of his constant fibbing, Lucas has admitted that he made up the Star Wars story as he went along in a letter that he wrote to the producers of Lost. Read what he says, below the fold:
Now, if I may address George Lucas, directly:
Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show. Don't tell anyone ... but when 'Star Wars' first came out, I didn't know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you've planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories -- let's call them homages -- and you've got a series.In six seasons, you've managed to span both time and space, and I don't think I'm alone in saying that I never saw what was around the corner. Now that it's all coming to an end, it's impressive to see how much was planned out in advance and how neatly you've wrapped up everything. You've created something really special. I'm sad that the series is ending, but I look forward to seeing what you two are going to do next.
We don't care that you made it up as you went along. Yes, we're a little miffed that you changed horses in midstream and decided after Empire was released to make Luke and Leia twins. We're still not over the fact that you were possessed by a marketing demon and turned Jedi into "The Muppets Go To War." All in all, we still appreciate the Classic Trilogy, and even if it ended on a relative down note, it is still the greatest fantasy movie series of all time.
What we're actually pissed about is your complete inability to remain consistent with previously written material. We all know that, when Obi-Wan told Luke that when he met his father he was already a great pilot, he didn't mean that he was a little kid racing go-carts in the desert. We know that in all of his talking about his training under Yoda and his training of Anakin, Kenobi didn't just fail to mention Qui-Gon; you changed all of that later. And, we know that when Leia talked about remembering her "real" mother, she wasn't referring to the split-second she saw her as a newborn before she died.
We're not mad because you made up the story as you went along. We're mad because once you wrote part of the story, you couldn't be troubled to stick with it.
This is all greatly relevant, as I'm embarking on my new Star Wars RPG campaign. I'll try to make it suck less than Attack of the Clones.
Update: On a reference site, I was called out a bit on this post. For your consideration, I offer this interview with Gary Kurtz, the original producer of Star Wars. He talks in depth about many of the sweeping changes Lucas made to the story after Empire.