George Lucas Explains Why He Is No Longer Directing ‘Star Wars’

Fan’s were divided when Disney bought Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas in 2012.  Some were excited by the possibility of new entries in the Star Wars franchise.  While other’s feared Disney might not handle the brand appropriately.

As we wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to premiere on December 18th to see just how Disney handles the franchise (although from what we have seen so far, I’m not worried), we hear from George Lucas on why he has decided to hand over the reigns to the Star Wars empire.

“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized, and people try to make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it. Y’know, it’s not much fun, and you can’t experiment; you can’t do anything. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that, I never did. I started out in experimental films, and I want to go back to experimental films, but of course no one wants to see experimental films.”

It sounds like the heat resulting from the prequel trilogy took it’s toll on the director.  Most will say the criticism was justified, and it well may be, but it is certainly sad that Lucas is no longer at the heart of Star Wars.

The Q&A, featuring a cameo from The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, also includes Lucas’ advice for whoever continues on with the Star Wars franchise, specifically the filmmakers.  Lucas also discusses his questions and concerns about the franchise.

“I’m curious that the Force doesn’t get muddled into a bunch of garbally-gook.”

Check out the full video!


What do you think of Lucas’ reasoning?  Do you agree, or would you rather he handle the franchise that he brought to life?  Let us know!

Just a friendly reminder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens one month from today, on December 18th, with advance screenings on December 17th.

Source: Vanity Fair (via Spinoff Online)

(Wes Harden)

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