George Lucas has put on a good face about “The Force Awakens.” It’s even been said that he liked the movie and attended its premiere. But in a recent Charlie Rose interview, the creator of the “Star Wars” saga seemed to let some of his tru feelings slip. He told Rose he was against making the new movie “for the fans” and that he sold the company he created, Lucasfilm, to “the white slavers,” referring to Disney.
Let’s back up a second.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, it gave them ownership of the “Star Wars” franchise. At the time, Lucas had some ideas for how “Episode VII” could be told. But it sounds like from the Rose interview, once the papers were signed, Disney told Lucas it planned to go in a different direction.
“They looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,'” said Lucas. “I said, ‘All I want to do is tell a story’… They decided they didn’t want to use those [my] stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'”
But it seems Lucas hasn’t been able to let go.
“It’s a very, very, very hard thing to do,” said Lucas about letting go of the franchise, as well as another famous Lucasfilm property that is now Disney’s, “Indiana Jones.” “You have to say ‘I have to move on,’ and everything in your body says, ‘Don’t. You can’t.’ These are my kids.”
Rose then said, “Those were your kids… and you sold them.”
“I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and, and…” Lucas then stopped himself and laughed, likely realising he was about to get himself into some hot water.
So it’s obvious that though “Star Wars” fans love “The Force Awakens” and it’s a box office juggernaut, the “remakequel” style it’s in wouldn’t have been the path Lucas would have taken if he was still at the helm.
So why did George Lucas sell Lucasfilm?
“There are three more stories,” Lucas told Rose, referring to episodes “VII,” “VIII,” “IX.”
“To do it right would be ten years and I said, ‘I’m 70, I don’t know whether I’ll be here when I’m 80,’ every ten years the odds get less, and I want to do [other films], so I have to make the decision on my own that it’s time for me to move on.”
Watch a clip with the above quotes in the embed below. Watch the entire interview here.
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