It's a good to be able to discuss something tangible at last. Just like the good old days.
Original intention of the story he recently wrote and sold to Disney, not the original concept of the sequels from the '80s.
Logistically, they wouldn't build the ship full size (inside and out) for just one scene.
And Lucas said to Hamill that if they, for some reason, couldn't get the original three back, they would be written out of the story (a very hard thing to do if their roles are prominent).
The point is that no movie, no story, no script ever goes according to what was originally planned. George handed over ideas, likely including the characters we will see in Episode VII, but that's about it.
Lucas probably had in his mind very long character and narrative arcs and not much else more. He never did. That's why there's so much inconsistency with what he says and does, decade after decade.
If that were true, could you not equally see the chain of events as being this story reverting back to
Lucas' "original" vision?
You can't put such great empahsis on the importance of original intent in one breath, and then redefine what "original intent" actually means in the next.
Which is exactly my point, it's a veritable minefield - conflicting and contradictory information from 1977 right through to present day. It's really best not getting caught up in what the original intent was... ultimately it counts for nothing if people can't agree what even constitutes "original intent".
Beside which, I thought Lucas simply handed over "story treatments" for the next Star Wars films as part of the Disney deal. I don't recall any official line on when these treatments date from or how they breakdown in terms of content...
"Logistically", they can build the ship full size (inside and out - or as much of it as was required for ANH) and not necessarily have it featured heavily
Decades of conflicting quotes from all concerned.
And I don't blame him for the inconsistency either. It's only because we scrutinize every single thing he has ever said, trying to find some kind of reason to it.
The simple fact of the matter is, his ORIGINAL idea about some specific aspect of the saga may have come to him while he was sat taking a dump one morning. It might have been absolutely amazing too. By the time he got to be interviewed by Starlog, and that issue came up, he may have changed his mind completely. And we will never know his original intent.
It's not like every thought the guy has ever had has been recorded. All we have is some things he happened to have said over the years while a camera was pointing in his direction of a journalist's dictaphone was in his face. This quest for some crystallized form of his original vision is just flawed, because I doubt he even knows...
What this all boils down to is there is no way in the world that anyone could jump to the conclusion the treatments handed over to Disney did or did not require the building of a Millennium Falcon set.
It's that simple. You either approve or disapprove. Which is fine.
However saying you disapprove because it is "straying from what Lucas wanted"? C'mon, stop holding out on us and share that copy of those treatments you are obviously sitting on - we all want to see...