It sure sounds like George Lucas has no interest in working with Disney on Star Wars
George Lucas on his decision to "break up" with "Star Wars"
George Lucas, the mastermind behind the Star Wars franchise, says no more.
Lucas told Vanity Fair that he didn't want to be a part of the long-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga, "The Force Awakens," because "it's not much fun" when you "go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized."
He spoke to "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose about his decision to never direct another "Star Wars" picture.
"The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas said. "People don't actually realize it's actually a soap opera and it's all about family problems - it's not about spaceships. So they decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, 'fine.... I'll go my way and I let them go their way.'"
This marks the first time Lucas is not intimately involved, which Lucas compared to a breakup.
"When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don't go over to their house and drive by to see what they're doing," he said laughing. "The third one is you don't show up at their coffee shop and say you are going to burn it... You just say 'Nope, gone, history, I'm moving forward.'"
The full interview will air on "CBS This Morning" in December, as part of our Kennedy center Honors coverage. Lucas is among this year's recipients.
I've got to say, I feel for the guy. He is the reason why Star Wars exists at all. He created it. He brought it to us all with a supreme amount of effort and creativity. The movies. The characters. All of the stories and toys. Movie blockbusters as we know them today. EVERYTHING.
But the audience turned on him. The audience did not share George Lucas's view that these were kids movies. And when he went on to create the PT he lost a lot of the original audience. I have repeatedly chalked that up to an unreasonable level of expectations on the part of the audience, compounded by the fact that their perception of the OT as an integral part of their childhood made it nearly impossible for George Lucas to please them. And a lot of the hate that's been leveled at George Lucas for the PT really comes across as ingratitude.
I don't really count myself as a PT hater. Can I be critical of those films? Sure. But I don't have anywhere near the level of invective for GL that some people do. My criticisms tend to be a bit more broad. I think that the CGI advances were amazing, but perhaps striking more of a balance with practical effects could have served the story better. And I think a comparable working situation to the OT where George Lucas would serve as writer / executive producer while another filmmaker stepped in as director might have helped as well. When George Lucas collaborates with people, like Spielberg or Irvin Kershner, there have been some great results. But I think at the heart of it all, George's stories are what made Star Wars great. And that absence from Star Wars moving forward is something that has me wondering where things are going in terms of the big picture.