Why George Lucas Didn't Love Disney's Star Wars 7 Idea

By Dirk Libbey 5 months agodiscussion comments
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Back when Lucasfilm was first purchased by Disney and the new trilogy was first announced, it sounded like the idea was to use ideas that George Lucas already had as the foundation of the new films. That didnít last very long. Weíve seen clips of an interview with Lucas over the last couple of weeks where he began to explain why the breakdown occurred. Now the full interview has been released, and we have even more of George Lucas being obviously unhappy with the direction that Disney has taken his beloved Star Wars.

For better or worse, itís difficult to argue now that The Force Awakens went back to the well when it came to a lot of the aspects of the movie. They wanted to recapture the love that fans had for the original film, and so they used it as a template for what they were going to do with the new one. For George Lucas, this was the problem, as he tells Charlie Rose, because he doesnít see the point in making a movie if youíre not going to do something new.†
They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new.

Itís true that these days it seems nearly every movie in the theater is either a reboot or a sequel, or at least based on some previously existing material. Lucas actually takes some of the blame for that in the interview, saying that the success of the original Star Wars trilogy was the beginning of that very trend. Lucas, though he was interested in making a new Star Wars, was apparently looking to make something that would have been significantly different than any of the previous film. Since he doesnít go into specifics, itís hard to say exactly how it would have been different. On the plus side, it likely would have been very different from the prequels as well, so thereís that.

Say what you will about George Lucas as a filmmaker but he doesnít care what the fans think. Thatís not to say he doesnít want people to like his movies, but heís not going to make something because he thinks people will like it. He wants to make movies using his ideas and then just see how they do. Itís actually a fascinating interview. Check it out in its entirety below.

Was it the best thing for Star Wars that George Lucas stepped aside, or should he have kept control of any future movies. Weíll never know the real answer, but what do you think?
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