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 didn’t last very long. We’ve 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, it’s 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 doesn’t see the point in making a movie if you’re 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.
It’s 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 doesn’t go into specifics, it’s 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 there’s that.
Say what you will about George Lucas as a filmmaker but he doesn’t care what the fans think. That’s not to say he doesn’t want people to like his movies, but he’s 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. It’s 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. We’ll never know the real answer, but what do you think?