Many Star Wars fans know the story of how George Lucas originally intended to make Episode VII himself and then sell off Lucasfilm, but they still wonder what his version of The Force Awakens would be like. We know Rey is based on a concept George came up with (a young girl trying to be a Jedi) and Finn is a combination of a couple of Lucas characters, but we don’t know just how different his movie would’ve been.
“But you did see “The Force Awakens”?
I thought J.J. Abrams did a great job of synthesizing all this information. It was a tough thing for J.J. to be asked to do—to transition to a new family of “Star Wars” and still pay homage and respect to the others. It’s different from the way that George Lucas would have done it. George would probably have had a more overall arch that would follow the other stories and have a moral depth. But, my gosh, what J.J. did was really entertaining. It was so much fun.”
Saying George’s Episode VII would have a “moral depth” that J.J.’s didn’t is a pretty big knock against The Force Awakens. If anything, George probably wouldn’t have intentionally borrowed elements from A New Hope as J.J. admits they did with TFA.