« on: February 20, 2014, 06:46 PM »
This whole "Darth Icky" nonsense reads as beyond ridiculous at face value. And it really left me wondering about a couple of things.
First, is the story legit? Without knowing any of the sources involved it's tough to make that judgement. If it's all true it has to leave you with some serious questions about just what GL was thinking.
And second? Is it possible this happened but GL had ulterior motives in judging things? Because the names alone sound preposterous. To a degree that it comes across like some sort of put-on. Is it possible that GL went into this meeting with a totally ridiculous proposal in an effort to judge his own people? Had he grown in stature to the point that nobody within his companies was prepared to challenge him on his creative ideas? To someone with a background like his own that would probably seem like he had finally become what he had railed against in his younger days: a studio apparatus that was out of touch with the work of the people on the artistic front lines. Lucas's work with Francis Coppolla and American Zoetrope tried to buck that Hollywood system in an effort to do something new and different in film. And effectively the Star Wars films, with the exception of the first, wound up being independent films. But Star Wars had grown into something SO BIG that it seems like George Lucas had become the very thing that he had fought against for so much of his career. It must be an eye-opening thing to be in a position where nobody will speak truth to power, and YOU are the power.
So, witness the sale of Star Wars/Lucasfilm to Disney. And the fact that GL is going to be putting the bulk of that money towards philanthropic pursuits. That, combined with the fact that he's stated that he wants to work on small, independent films say to me that GL probably recognized that this thing had grown far beyond even his own imagination, and perhaps it was time to move on since he couldn't find people that would be partners with him in a creative collaboration.
If only he had sold the franchise in 1997.