The new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is a huge hit. It’s made a crazy amount of money, and everyone from critics to fans to casual viewers has had great things to say about it, with some going so far as to declare it the best of the franchise. One person who apparently doesn’t agree with all that praise is the series’ original creator George Lucas, who sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion.
Lucas recently sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose, and he explained that he wanted to go in a different direction than Disney for the new trilogy. Whereas Disney wanted to make it “for the fans,” Lucas says he just wanted to “tell the story of what happened.” And that story is what he describes as “a soap opera.” Disney unsurprisingly chose not to go that way, which was totally within their rights because of the $4 billion I just mentioned.
So they decided they didn’t want to use those stories. They decided they were going to go do their own thing. I decided, Fine, but basically … they weren’t that keen to have me involved, anyway. But at the same time … if I get in there, I’m just gonna cause trouble, because they’re not gonna 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. So I said, Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.
Lucas then compares his relationship with Disney to a break-up, which is fitting considering what a bitter ex he sounds like. But then he decides to use a different, far less appropriate metaphor to describe the situation.
These are my kids. I loved them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved with him, and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and…
Then he laughs and doesn’t continue that line of thinking, which was probably a good choice. If only he’d stopped himself a few words earlier. I don’t think we need to go over how idiotic and insensitive that comment is, especially considering the $4 billion I’ve already mentioned twice.
Lucas says he doesn’t like the “retro” approach the new films have taken, and he’d prefer to make every movie different. I don’t say what I’m about to say very often because it makes me sound like a Belieber, but I think somebody’s jealous. Specifically, jealous that so many people dislike his prequel trilogy but love the new film he didn’t make.
That said, what he thinks he’s going to accomplish by criticizing a movie that has received an overwhelmingly positive response, all the while throwing a slavery comparison into the mix, is beyond me. Especially when you consider the $4 billion I feel the need to mention for the fourth time now.
You can watch the full interview here. The Disney talk starts at about 50 minutes in.