We can all agree that the Star Wars prequels were not what we wanted, or needed them to be. While I rest in the camp that they’re not as bad as some people think (with the exception of The Phantom Menace, because that is just unwatchable!), I get where the dislike comes from. The original Star Wars trilogy is the reason a lot of people became filmmakers and film-lovers to begin with. But somehow, those films lost the magic and essence that was Star Wars, in favor of special effects and poor direction.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm for eleven trillion dollars, and announced that they would be continuing the saga, we all breathed a sigh of relief because it didn’t appear that George Lucas would be involved with the new films, in anything more than a consultant role. It seems that his involvement with the new films ended rather abruptly after he had helped map out the final trilogy, with the studio eventually deciding to scrap that idea in favor of one of their own. Although Lucas has always been supportive of the production, recently he seems to have given up being the nice guy and decided to discuss why he and Disney couldn’t see eye to eye on the new films. Here’s what he told CBS This Morning:
The issue was ultimately that they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” Lucas 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.’
He also went on to say:
If I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble because they’re not going to do what I want them to do, and I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all it would do is just muck everything up.
Look, George Lucas is a great idea man… it’s just that sometimes, with the execution, he leaves a lot to be desired. And seriously, after all this time, he’s still blaming the fans for not understanding his ‘vision’? We get the idea and we understand that it’s about family. It was just really, really bad! And also, if it was all about family, then why were the prequels so full of CGI space crap that you couldn’t get away from it, even if you wanted to? You can’t have it both ways, George.
While I would love to know what Lucas’ plans for Han, Luke and Leia were, I’m happy that someone else took over the reins and that we’re getting a film that is both for the fans and yet still pays homage to the original trilogy. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18, 2015.
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