George Lucas elaborates on his reaction to ‘The Force Awakens’

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5  Updated at 12:00 pm, January 13th, 2016 By: Jeff Peterson, Deseret News
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At this point, it’s definitely safe to say that a lot of people are happy with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel to George Lucas’ seminal space opera series has bulldozed every box-office record in sight, earning nearly universally glowing reviews (currently, it sits at a 93 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). And, after “an unprecedented outcry” from members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the film has even been named as a last-minute 11th nominee (out of 10) for this year’s Critics’ Choice Award for best picture.

In all of this, though, there has still been a question about what Lucas himself thought of the new movie.

The answer, apparently, is maybe not quite as much as everybody else.

In a 55-minute interview with Charlie Rose, touching on everything from Lucas’ desire to focus on more experimental, personal films to the mythical underpinnings of the Star Wars universe, the 71-year-old writer-director-producer opened up about “The Force Awakens.”

After comparing his decision to sell his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney for $4 billion in 2012 to a bad breakup or a divorce, he said of Abrams’ film, “(Disney) wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. Every movie, I worked very hard to make completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, to make it new."

He also mentioned that Disney was not “keen” to have him involved on the new movies, saying, the producers wanted “to make something for the fans” and “do their own thing.”

“I said, ‘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, and all I’m going to do is muck everything up,’ so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”

On Dec. 31, Lucas issued a statement to clarify some of his remarks, including one “very inappropriate,” as he put it, analogy in which he compared the Star Wars movies to his kids and Disney to “white slavers.”

He also elaborated somewhat on his view of Disney’s handling of the series he created, saying (via USA Today), "I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and (Disney CEO) Bob Iger's leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings, but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks.”

As of right now, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has grossed more than $750 million in the U.S. for a worldwide box office totaling just more than $1.5 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.

Disney's next movie set in Lucas' galaxy far, far away, Gareth Edwards' “Rogue One,” starring Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, opens Dec. 16.


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  • AgentSmith

    How is this news? This is just talking about news that happened months ago.

  • Ari Asulin

    TFA sucked and if you liked it it’s because you suck too

    • Troy Stone

      I am not a conspiracy theorist but why is there a scarcity of negative reviews in the mainstream press for the TFA? This film is not 25% bad, it is not even 50% bad, it is 98% rotten. The artistry here lies not in the screenwriting but in the Disney marketing machine.

      • Ari Asulin

        the reviews are fake too. They hit us from every angle with this occult garbage production. If I were you I would not spend any time defending it. It’s only a matter of time until someone like me tears you down

  • Ari Asulin

    Tfa bloz. This forum heavy mod