So it was only a matter of time ’til we started getting George Lucas to open up about how he truly feels regarding the direction of Star Wars, now that he is no longer in control of the franchise. Lucas appeared on the Charlie Rose show and had this to say about his split from the franchise:
“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,” he said. “And so I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Then George went on to discuss his biggest criticism of Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
“They wanted to do a retro movie. 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,”
The conversation went from his biggest concerns with Star Wars: The Force Awakens to what he feels is the biggest problem in Hollywood today… originality.
“Of course, the only way you could really do that [make money] is not take chances. Only do something that’s proven,” Lucas added. “You gotta remember, ‘Star Wars’ came from nowhere. ‘American Graffiti‘ came from nowhere. There was nothing like it. Now, if you do anything that’s not a sequel or not a TV series or doesn’t look like one, they won’t do it!”
For more of the interview with Charlie Rose click on this link