‘Star Wars’: Why Steven Spielberg Refused to Direct the Prequels

by Jeremy Spirogis
A group of Star Wars Stormtroopers

The Star Wars prequels proceed to divide folks and lots of blame George Lucas for his or her flaws. Interestingly, Lucas didn’t wish to direct the prequels. He requested Steven Spielberg to direct them, however Spielberg turned down his supply. In addition, different common Hollywood administrators declined the identical supply.

A group of Star Wars Stormtroopers
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The three administrators George Lucas requested to direct the ‘Star Wars’ prequels

Our story begins with little one star turned Hollywood director Ron Howard. According to Cinema Blend, Howard discussed the prequels on an MTV podcast. He shared some attention-grabbing details about himself, Spielberg, and Robert Zemeckis.

“[Lucas] didn’t necessarily want to direct [the prequels],” Howard stated. “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.’”

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The trailer for The Phantom Menace

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Lucas’ selections of potential administrators make sense as every of them had expertise making science fiction and fantasy movies. Spielberg left an indelible impression on science fiction together with his movies Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. In addition, Spielberg and Lucas beforehand collaborated on the Indiana Jones movies. In the same vein, Zemeckis was behind two of probably the most well-known works of speculative fiction from the 1980s: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Back to the Future. Howard was much less related to science fiction and fantasy, nonetheless, he did direct the cult traditional Willow

How Steven Spielberg reacted to the prequel trilogy

Though Spielberg by no means directed a Star Wars film, he did chime in on the prequels. According to the Irish Examiner, Revenge of the Sith drove him to tears. He felt others would cry on the movie’s finish.

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The Revenge of the Sith trailer

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“I saw it about a week ago, and it’s absolutely amazing,” Spielberg stated. “It’s the best of the last three episodes. It’s the best way you could possibly imagine for George to finish it off, it has a tremendous ending and it’s very dark.” Spielberg’s opinion that Revenge of the Sith is the perfect of the Star Wars prequels echoes the opinion of most critics.

The director George Lucas approached who’d ultimately direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie

Ironically, Howard would ultimately direct a Star Wars movie — Solo: A Star Wars Story. Cinema Blend studies the movie was initially going to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who left the challenge. Howard determined to direct the movie as a result of he felt he might assist get the film off the bottom.

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“I had not planned to direct anything [that] year,” Howard stated. “I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help.” The world by no means obtained to see a Spielberg-helmed Star Wars movie, so a Howard-helmed Star Wars movie should do.

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