George Lucas Explains Why He Stepped Away From 'Star Wars'

George Lucas Explains Why He Stepped Away From 'Star Wars'

Nov 19, 2015

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

George Lucas directed his last movie 10 years ago. That was, of course, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (above), the concluding installment of the immensely popular yet highly-divisive prequel trilogy.

Time has been kind to the third installment, which was quite effective at stirring emotions, even as it reached a climax that was a foregone conclusion, at least for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy. In November 2012, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, and walked away from control of the franchise he created.

But make no mistake, Lucas is still very much interested in the Star Wars universe. In a new video for Vanity Fair, he says that he's "curious that the Force doesn't get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook."


Lucas also claims, "I'm curious about what happened to Darth Vader's grandkids." He then asks co-writer/director J.J. Abrams that question, to which Abrams replies: "I don't know, George. You made all this s--- up." Asked which Star Wars character he would most like to be, Lucas says: "I like all the characters," then adds: "Jar Jar Binks."

"You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” Lucas says, explaining his motivation for selling the franchise rights. “And it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.” Lucas continues to maintain that he wants to return to making experimental films, which he did at the beginning of his career, but suggests that no one will be able to see them.

In the meantime, a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dropped, this time centering on the new character Finn, portrayed by John Boyega (Attack the Block). New footage is featured in the spot, which is evidently part of a calculated plan to make us all insanely excited about seeing the movie when it opens in theaters on December 18. (P.S., it's working.)

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