George Lucas occupies a strange space in pop culture, simultaneously revered and despised by masses of Star Wars fans for alternating between being the creative force behind the franchise that is near and dear to so many peoples’ hearts and being that same franchise’s own worst enemy by bastardizing his original concepts with questionable changes and decisions.
These days, Lucas has retired from making Star Wars movies, so he no longer needs to worry about what the public thinks of his works. And he’s eager to keep it that way.
“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” he told Vanity Fair when asked whether he would direct another Star Wars film. “And it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.”
Of course, Lucas is still a fan of the series he created and is eager to see how Disney handles it going forward. His advice for what Disney should avoid doing? “[I hope] The Force doesn’t get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook.”
What say you? Would you like to see Lucas come back one day to direct another film or should he just stay on the sidelines and work on other projects?
We’ll see how the first installment in the post-Lucas era turns out December 18 with the release of the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.