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George Lucas and His Comments on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens; How Does He Really Feel?

( [email protected] ) Jan 03, 2016 12:10 AM EST
We all know that George Lucas sold the rights of his creation Star Wars to Disney for about 4 billion dollars.  We also know that Disney has made Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and it will probably make those billions back with this film and its sequels and everything else that Disney plans to do with it.  Even though Lucas is not involved in this new Star Wars (which also deleted the Expanded Universe heavily established for years in the books that he personally oversaw), people still want to hear what George Lucas has to say about it.  A recent interview on Charlie Rose revealed that he hated it, but he later apologized.  We still don't know how George Lucas really feels about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, how does he feel about "The Force Awakens"? The Collider

We all know that George Lucas sold the rights to his creation Star Wars to Disney for about 4 billion dollars.  We also know that Disney has made Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and it will probably make those billions back with this film and its sequels and everything else that Disney plans to do with it.  Even though Lucas is not involved in this new Star Wars (which also deleted the Expanded Universe heavily established for years in the books that he personally oversaw), people still want to hear what George Lucas has to say about it.  A recent interview with Charlie Rose revealed that he hated it, but he later apologized.  We still don't know how George Lucas really feels about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

According to CNET, it was close to the end of the Charlie Rose interview where Lucas stated that the franchise movies were "his kids."  Then Rose stated, "and you sold them."  Then Lucas said, "I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and..." it was here where Lucas stopped, but it was too little, too late.

A report from The Hollywood Reporter has an official statement from the Star Wars creator:  "I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize. 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 [Abrams, director of Episode VII] and Kathy [Kennedy, a producer of the film]."

The fact that Lucas would deliver an impromptu comment using the word "slavers" seems like some Freudian slip, and the fact that he has a statement of apology is good, but it seems like Lucas didn't like it. 

At this point, The Force Awakens is doing so well at the box office, that those that enjoy it do not really want to hear what George Lucas thinks of it.  Many of the criticisms were addressed in our official review, as we stated that the film pulls from a lot of the original trilogy, particularly Star Wars: A New Hope

There were reports that Lucas had ideas for Star Wars films that take place after The Return of the Jedi, and it was also reported that Disney mostly ignored them.  The whole point of offering Lucas billions was so that 70-year-old creator wouldn't be involved.