George Lucas References Slave Trade During ‘Star Wars’ Interview
Legendary filmmaker George Lucas has referenced the slave trade while attempting to describe what it feels like to see his movie franchise in the hands of Disney bosses. The 71-year-old created the epic sci-fi franchise in the 1970s, but he let go of creative control of the series after selling his production company Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company in 2012 at a valuation of $4.06 billion.
Disney executives released Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, and speaking during an interview with newsman Charlie Rose, Lucas made an awkward joke about handing over the film franchise, laughing, “I sold them to the white slavers.” Trailing off onto another subject, Lucas quickly called attention to why he was not involved in the production of The Force Awakens, which was directed by Lost creator J.J. Abrams. “They wanted to do a retro movie,” he explained. “I don’t like that. Every movie, I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships; make it new. “They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans…’ They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing… They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but 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 I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'” Although Lucas may disapprove of certain elements involving the creative approach to the new Star Wars sequel, it seems fans around the world are elated with the project. The movie has made $1.2 billion since its release.