A day after his critique of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and Disney’s acquisition of the franchise he created, George Lucas rolled back on a quip he made comparing Disney to “white slavers” during a lengthy interview with CBS newsman Charlie Rose.
In the lengthy interview, Lucas expressed ambivalence about the fate of his space epic and revealed he wasn’t a fan of the approach the studio wanted to go with the franchise saying “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that… every movie, I worked very hard to make them different.”
In a statement issued Thursday afternoon by Disney, Lucas apologized for the “very inappropriate analogy” he used and says:
“I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”