George Lucas to new ‘Star Wars’ film: I’m your divorced father
Lucas, who sold the franchise to Disney for some $4 billion, said he had no connection to new film
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who was not involved in making the long-awaited new film, “The Force Awakens,” said he is as ambivalent about seeing the movie as a divorced father would be about attending his child’s wedding.
Lucas, who sold the franchise to Disney three years ago for some $4 billion, told the Washington Post in an interview he had no connection with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens worldwide on Dec 18.
Despite initial reports that Lucas would act as a consultant, the director said Disney “didn’t like” the stories he had outlined for the three sequels.
“There is no such thing as working over someone’s shoulder,” Lucas told the Post in the interview published on Monday.
“You’re either the dictator or you’re not. And to do that would never work, so I said ‘I’m going to get divorced.’ ...I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — J.J. (Abrams) has a vision, and it’s his vision.”
At the time of the interview, about two weeks ago, Lucas said he had yet to see the film, which reunites original 1977 cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill and is directed by J.J. Abrams.
Lucas said watching it would be like a divorced man going to the wedding of a grown child. “My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made.”