The creator of the Star Wars saga doesn’t seem to be particularly excited by the impending arrival of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
When asked what he thought of the new 88-second teaser trailer recently released for the new film, Lucas told Page Six, “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.” When asked why he hasn’t watched it yet, he was pretty direct with his answer: “Because it’s not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there. I plan to see it when it’s released.” The short reply that will likely make some fans curious or even angry comes when the column asked Lucas if he was interested in seeing what Abrams has done with the galaxy that Lucas created, to which the founder of Lucasfilm replied, “Not really.”
While it might be considered a little unfortunate that Lucas seems to be taking such an apathetic attitude toward the first new film of the franchise in nearly a decade, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. While in the past Lucas has always been more than willing to speak about what was in his head for the films he had a direct hand in making, he has always had a quasi-ambivalence to the Star Wars franchise exploitations that he has not created himself, at least publicly. For instance, in an interview conducted with Lucas found in Starlog magazine from June of 2005, Lucas directly commented on the Star Wars expanded universe in novels and video games (now known as Star Wars Legends), and what his attitude towards many of those works were. He said,
I don’t read that stuff. I haven’t read any of the novels. I don’t know anything about that world. That’s a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used. When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one. They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions.
It always helps to keep in mind that for many years, Star Wars was Lucas’ job. It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like Star Wars, but he likely just can’t really get as enthusiastic about it as many of the fans of the franchise do. While Star Wars is a definite success story on the part of Lucas, he was also considered to be a rather brilliant cinematic visionary by many of his peers before the release of the first film in 1977. With that in mind, its quite possible that other stories he wanted to tell were swept up under the rug by the creation of one of the most popular space-based fantasies of all-time.
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