Why George Lucas Will Never Make Another Star Wars Movie

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 1:28PM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 1:28PM
Why George Lucas Will Never Make Another Star Wars Movie
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We've pretty much known for a while now that George Lucas had washed his hands of the Star Wars franchise, handing over the reins to the likes of J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, Colin Trevorrow, etc. Now, in this continuation of that adorable J.J. Abrams exchange from Vanity Fair, Lucas tells Star Wars fans why he's finished with the series for good:



Opening quote
"You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized, and people try to make decisions about what you're going to do before you do it. You know, it's not much fun. And you can't experiment, you can't do anything, you have to do it a certain way. I don't like that, I never did."
Closing quote

It's somewhat veiled, but he's clearly talking about the less-than-positive reception for the Star Wars prequels. It's sad that the fan and critics' reactions drove him out of a franchise that he created, as we wouldn't have Star Wars without Lucas, but it doesn't come as too much of a surprise. What's more surprising is that Lucas seems to have turned against making blockbusters in general, and possibly even any movie that's being theatrically released.

Opening quote
"I started out in experimental films, and I want to go back to experimental films. But of course, no one wants to see experimental films... I will be directing movies but not generally movies that will be shown anywhere."
Closing quote

It's easy to forget that Lucas started in experimental film, as Star Wars and Indiana Jones understandably eclipsed all of his previous work. But his first film, THX 1138, was a critical success (and a financial failure), so perhaps he's well-served going back to independent film rather than directing Indiana Jones 5.
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