A very long time ago, George Lucas was just an experimental filmmaker. However, once Star Wars came along, it took over Hollywood and Lucas’ life. The filmmaker says there will be no more and he is done.
“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” Lucas told Vanity Fair. “People try to make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it. It’s not much fun. You can’t experiment. You have to do it a certain way.”
He went into more detail on his remarks to CBS News.
“The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’ ” Lucas said, presumably referring to Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm — including the “Star Wars” franchise — in 2012.”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.’ “
Lucas had very little involvement in the new and upcoming film The Force Awakens. This isn’t the first time Lucas has bristled about the way his creation became the property of fans all over the world. Once the original trilogy was put out on DVD a few years ago, he tweaked up the special effects. Even more shocking, to the tons of fans that love the bad-boy vide of Han Solo, when Star Wars was released in a 1997 re-release, he changed up the film to show that Greedo, not Han, was the first to shoot in the cantina scene.
It’s certain that Lucas is comfortable enough to do whatever he feels like. The director who first started out idolizing Akira Kurosawa, wrote an early treatment of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and created his first film, “THX 1138” about dehumanization can go back to his creative side. The catch was, that nobody seemed to want to watch experimental films these days.
He stated that he plans on directing movies, “but not movies that will be shown anywhere.”
And Star Wars is what everyone is wondering about, and his response to a Vanity Fair question answers the questions.
Asked whether he could be any character in “Star Wars,” he first noted that he liked all the characters and then didn’t hesitate.
“Jar Jar Binks,” he said — the character most widely reviled by “Star Wars” fans.