George Lucas Talks Giving Up “Star Wars”

Following on from comments earlier this week about why he’s given up directing major features, filmmaker George Lucas has further gone into specifics about another key decision he made a few years ago – about giving up creative control of the “Star Wars” franchise to Disney.

Speaking with CBS This Morning, Lucas revealed that he did want to return for “Star Wars: Episode VII” but his vision didn’t align with that of the studio:

“The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans.’ 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.'”

Over the years, Lucas has made it clear he was creating the films he wanted to make and cared little about fan feedback. He adds that the studio was also keen to basically not have him involved at any level:

“All I wanted to do was tell a story. It started here. And it went there. It’s all about generations. It’s about the issues of fathers and sons and grandfathers. People think it’s a space opera. It’s a family soap opera. They weren’t that keen to have me involved. I decided, 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.”

Whether director J.J. Abrams is able to deliver something more akin to the original than the prequel trilogy with this first post-Lucas film, we’ll have to wait a few weeks to see. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.