George Lucas on Star Wars Break-Up: "They Wanted to Make Something for the Fans"

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 - 9:52AM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 - 9:52AM
George Lucas on Star Wars Break-Up: "They Wanted to Make Something for the Fans"
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As we all know, George Lucas had a messy break-up with the Star Wars franchise, as he worked on a seventh installment a full year before the Lucasfilm sale to Disney. In a wide-ranging interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas revealed that the studio didn't like his ideas for a new film because they wanted more fan service and nostalgia.

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"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.'"
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Lucas was responsible for creating everything we love about Star Wars, and there's no discounting that. That being said, The Force Awakens had something the prequels were missing: a distinct sense of fun. I'm a fan of serious movies, and of blockbusters that explore serious themes, but there's no avoiding that the prequels didn't execute its themes well. 

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"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," he said.
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The Force Awakens has been criticized for being a retread of A New Hope, which is true to some extent. But it also expands the universe and does things that none of the previous movies ever did: create a strong female character with agency, for example, and craft jokes with real comedic timing.

Lucas, for his part, is going to focus on smaller, more artistic films, like his early efforts THX1168 and American Graffiti. He hopes to do something truly innovative with the medium of film, just like he revolutionized the blockbuster:

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"I've been fascinated with the true nature of the medium - it's been used more as a recording medium, than as a artform unto itself," Lucas said. "...they call them tone poems - in the beginning in Russia, this was a whole movement of, how do you tell visual stories, basically without dialogue, without all the things you use to tell a story, and you just use the film itself. It's kind of esoteric, it hasn't come much further in one hundred years. I'm going to try and take it into something that is more emotionally powerful than most of the stuff we've done up to this point."
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Via Indiewire.
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