Ever since the sequel trilogy from Disney and even for some time before, people have wondered what George Lucas’s plan for a follow-up trilogy to Star Wars would be like. He had stated before that he did have plans for one, but for whatever reason decided to not act on it before he sold LucasFilms to Disney. Well now it seems that Lucas has decided to share what his plan were for his sequel trilogy.
This comes from the companion book to AMC’s James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, where George Lucas explained:
“[the next three Star Wars films] were going to get into a microbiotic world. But there’s this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force”
Yes, it seems that after midichlorians, George Lucas was not quite done with tying the force into micro organisms. Lucas went on to say:
“If I’d held onto the company, then it would have been done. Of course, a lot of the fans would have hated it, just like they did Phantom Menace and everything, but at least the whole story from beginning to end would be told.”
Based on his description of focusing on the Whills, it’s not sure how this would have tied into the story of the Skywalkers, which was the focal point of the first two trilogies. Perhaps it would have shown that Anakin was a creation of the Whills and that’s how it would have tied into the story, but as of right now it’s unclear.
Though he likely right that fans would have been dismissive of the idea if the backlash to the aforementioned midichlorians is any indicator. It seems George Lucas really liked the idea of the Force being more than a vague idea that gave its users their powers. Likely if there wasn’t the backlash to his ideas in episode one, he would have followed up on this idea more in Episodes 2 and 3.
It’s certainly an original idea, it wouldn’t be accused of trying to recreate any part of the original trilogy. As a concept, microorganism that control the universe is an interesting idea, but it likely would have felt out of place in the Star Wars Universe that was set up up to that point. It might do better as its own film or series.
Would this have been better than the sequel trilogy we got? It can’t really be said, but it does seem that he sequel series would have taken focus away from the original cast in its own way.