It looks like there might be some bad blood between Disney and Star Wars creator George Lucas.
A few years ago when Disney announced that new Star Wars films were in development, reports indicated that the stories of the new films would be based on material that Lucas had wrote, as Lucas had originally been planning on making a Star Wars Episode 7 before Disney purchased the franchise. It was later revealed that Disney and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams were no longer using Lucas’ ideas and were instead going in a different direction. It’s never really been known why Disney chose to jettison Lucas entirely from the project, but in a recent interview, the filmmaker claims that the split all boiled down to a fundamental difference in vision about what the story of the new film should be.
Speaking with CBS This Morning, Lucas explains that Disney didn’t believe his story was something fans would want to see and decided to take things in a different direction.
“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.”
Understandably, Lucas walked away from the project soon after, but the surprising thing is his claim that he felt that Disney didn’t really want him there in the first place. Lucas may have dropped the ball from a creative standpoint with the Star Wars prequels, but this is still the man that created Star Wars. You would think that that would afford him some level of respect and reverence.
Then again, The Force Awakens is going to make a killing without Lucas’s involvement anyway, so Disney doesn’t really need to concern itself with his feelings.
What do you think? Would you have liked to have seen Lucas have some sort of involvement with The Force Awakens or are you happy that Star Wars is in other hands now? Either way, it’s worth watching the interview to hear Lucas’s perspective on the matter. It doesn’t really sound like he’s on very good terms with Disney…
(via: Cinema Blend)