January 7th, 2011
06:01 PM ET
Katie Lucas talks 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
The new episodes of Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will introduce some intensely dark characters who deal with some grim themes, some of which sprang from the imagination of one of George Lucas’s own: His daughter, Katie.
The 22-year-old opened up to one of the "The Clone Wars" fans, 10-year-old Kira Simons, about why she decided to go into the family business.
It turns out that Katie began writing when she was in second grade, “just little silly poems,” she told her young interviewer.
“I really decided to become a screenwriter in college when my Dad was putting together the show,” she went on. “He mentioned that it might be a fun job for me and he knew that I loved writing and so he gave me an outline for the episode ‘Jedi Crash,’ and he really liked it...I’ve been working on the show for seven years now writing and I love it.”
To get their creativity flowing, Katie said the writers have something akin to “a big writing party,” where they all hang out in a room for eight days, talking about what they and the fans would like to see happen in upcoming episodes.
“It’s really sort of a collaborative effort to get these ideas up on the screen,” Katie said. For example, “In terms of the Nightsisters, they existed in the universe, but we kind of manipulated them and made them our own. I wanted them to be really like punk rockers and strong females because I grew up watching 'Buffy.'”
Katie, who was bitten by "Buffy" fandom when she was the same age as Kira, said she “loved being able to see, like, a really cool girl who is kicking butt….it was just fun and empowering and so that was just kind of my idea for the Nightsisters.”
In fact, Katie was such a "Buffy" fan that there was a point she preferred the slayer to “Star Wars.”
“I didn’t really like Star Wars when I was younger because it was always in my face and I kind of rebelled against it, I didn’t really understand it, I was a huge ‘Buffy’ nerd and I kind of took my nerdiness and put it there.”
But, she went on, “I’ve grown to really love Star Wars and to understand what a complex and interesting universe it is - it’s changed so many people’s lives that you can’t not be affected by it.”
Of course, Kira had to dig for dirt on the upcoming season, but Katie opted not to spoil many details. Will any Jedi turn to the dark side? Fans will have to wait and see.
"I don’t want to give anything away, but there are moments where the Jedi have doubts and I think that’s an important theme in the series now because it gives a little more of a world life view," Katie said. "Both sides are fighting for what they believe in and the separatists think they’re right and the Jedi think what they’re doing is right and I think it has a lot to do with our politics and our political climate right now...[S]ometimes the Jedi will have doubts about whether or not the war is justified, let’s put it that way."
The new season of "Star Wars:The Clone Wars" debuts tonight at 8:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.
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The vacuous people here who comment on Katie Lucas's physical appearance are just complete morons. I happen to know that she is a beautiful, thoughtful, kind, and very bright, young woman – traits that are obviously a foreign concept to the people making such comments.
I knew when she was a young girl that her soul and intelligence would make her a success in her own right. I wish the best for Katie and look forward to all of her work to come.
To Katie: Perhaps you could convince your dad to, at least, do another show using the same type animation as The Clone Wars, only with post-Return of the Jedi characters and storylines. This way we could all enjoy seeing the further adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, etc and would not require Harrison Ford's involvement. I still think it would be cool to see a live-action "end of the west" type role with Harrison Ford playing Han Solo once more. Hell, I think the movie would break tons of box-office records if it were even a one-shot story. Drop me a line... I have tons of ideas 🙂
There's no reason Lucas couldn't relaunch the movie franchise into an open-ended saga. They could show Luke and Leia 40 years later having brought back the Jedi traditions and have Luke's children and Leia's children (with Han?) carrying on the tradition. The remnants of the Empire and the Sith have morphed into some other sinister thing. But that would require true creativity and great writing, something George Lucas hasn't been able to do in decades.
If anyone truly has the right to say that Star Wars has affected them, Katie would be one of a small handful.
Please try to talk your dad into bringing back live-action, space mythology that the original trilogy SW fans crave! The Clone Wars has established its own audience, however, the older fans that were around when the first movie premiered are getting left behind. Please help!
@ Breid. Yea seriously. I also wanna know what happened to the Empire after the second Death Star, got destroyed. I mean... it's not like the Empire didn't still have a fleet of thousands of ships right?
Read the books!!!
Ok I love the Clone wars but I wish they would do some post ROTJ shows as well. I would love to see how Luke carries on the radition of the Jedi. Afterall he is the only one. And Malcolm show some class that was inappropiate. Like you wouldnt date a daughter of a billionaire because of a few extra pounds.
you think with all that money she go on a diet same to see people with wealth not care about thier health
Wow Malcolm, you'd think with all of the books, blogs and columns about manners and etiquette, you would care more about how you behave....guess not! I guess people who are not rich are happy being stupid, according to your logic!
Great job Katie! and endless wars should create doubt. and (pun intended) no doubt there are heroes on both sides, each side thinking they're doing the right thing and pursuing what they believe in. They key is....what is their motivation. If you're following Palaptine it's all about the power, isn't it? But the Separtists don't know about Sidious.
If you think Jersey Shore is bad, then try watching Selling New York. The "rich" can be truly disgusting
Totally inappropriate, Jan. I love Star Wars I can't wait to see it.
Very rude and disrespectful Jan.
The other "Clone Wars" cartoon was better. The one that came out right before Revenge of the Sith.
No it wasn't. The new one is leaps and bounds ahead of the mirco series, in terms of story telling, characterization and animation.
I agree with e Jones. The old series was great, but it was 95% fighting. I like the new show slightly better because there'a a lot more to it.
I do prefer the 2d show's version of Grievous though – he was horrifying! In the new show he's sinister/funny, which is entertaining but kind of forgettable.