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George Lucas Explains Why He's Done with 'Star Wars'

George Lucas Explains Why He's Done with 'Star Wars'

George Lucas is opening up about why he hasn’t been involved with the new Star Wars movies.

“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” the 71-year-old director, who created the franchise, 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.”

George expanded on his comments in a CBS News interview.

“The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” George 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.’”

“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,” George added. “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.’”

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  • Zeroedone

    George we are so sorry for criticizing! Please forgive us, the fans, for our insolence.

    That $4 billion payout from Disney could probably afford some extra layers of skin for you, since you clearly need it.

  • Orionsangel

    So basically he made these movies for himself. People just happened to like them and made George a billionaire. A movie for the fans? Ha! It’s about the stories I wanna tell. Screw the fans! Why reward them or anything. I just wanna tell a soap opera. It’s not about Spaceships.

  • B G

    its also about toys, toothbrushes, sippy cups, cereal, t-shirts…ad nauseum…and the fact that other than the first one in 1977, the movies that Lucas had a hand in were over the top indulgences in childhood pablum

  • Bobby Paul

    Growing up in the “StarWars” classic era, it WAS about the toys, and the books and that universe were just as if not more important than his movies. While I respect his creation and love it, I am very excited for this new era.

  • Guy Montag

    If you want to not get criticized maybe make a good movie? The fact that the one character he’d most want to be is Jar Jar sort of tells you everything you need to know. Lucas shouldn’t be trusted within an inch of the Star Wars franchise.

    He’s kind of like if Rembrandt suddenly lost his mind and decided to start “experimenting” by spraying black paint all over his old masterpieces.

    Maybe just keep him away from the art and give him some medication.

  • Guy Montag

    He is a whiny little beeeotch isn’t he?

  • OB-GYN Kenobi

    Lost your ability to make a good movie, you did.

  • freeSanDiego1

    “You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized”
    Honestly Mr Lucas when you released The Phantom Menace and gifted us with Jar Jar Binks what did you expect?

  • gradybridges

    He also said these are kids movies yet The Phantom Menace was about a trade embargo. He also ruined Ep 4,5,6 with all the extra stuff he added in. He’s a joke. I hope JJ Abrams doesn’t mess it up but I know Lucas would have.

  • Ariana

    He is right. Star Wars was his idea and what would the fans, the people working at Disney and JJ really know about whats right and whats wrong? Lucus is the creator of SW and can do as he pleases. I personally loved the Prequals more then the Orginals.
    Thank You Mr.s Lucus for bringin SW to us and ignore those idiots.

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  • Sprite

    There’s more to it than the spaceships, armor and weapons, cool cities and Princesses. I guess the kids loved the cartoons at least.