Has George Lucas Watched the New 'Star Wars' Trailer? Here's Your Answer

Has George Lucas Watched the New 'Star Wars' Trailer? Here's Your Answer

Apr 20, 2015

Kind of.

During a recent conversation at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival between Stephen Colbert and George Lucas, an audience member asked the Star Wars creator whether he's seen the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that premiered online late last week. Lucas's response:

"I've seen the first one [that was released in December]. I just saw what was on CBS, but I'm going to try to look at it. I want to see it on the big screen. I hope it's successful. I hope they do a good job."

Lucas's reaction is similar to the one he had after watching the first teaser, in that he's sort of aloof about it all. There were multiple times during his chat with Colbert where he mentioned that J.J. Abrams and co. decided not to go with his original ideas -- possibly in that the movie doesn't directly revolve around all of the grandchildren belonging to characters from the original trilogy -- and that he basically wishes them luck. 


5 More Things We Learned from George Lucas's Chat with Stephen Colbert

1. Lucas's love of race cars ultimately drove him to Star Wars

George Lucas had a passion for race cars from a very early age, and much of that love is infused throughout many of his movies in a variety of ways. One of his earliest films as a college student revolved around race cars, and you'll see them prominently featured in his first truly conventional feature, American Graffiti.

But Lucas also loved science fiction, and his desire to see giant ships zooming across the galaxy at incredible speeds (aka the race cars of outer space) is what prompted him to make Star Wars.

While Stanley Kubrick's 2001 was a benchmark in terms of sci-fi moviemaking, Lucas wanted to speed things up. He wanted faster pans in space for Star Wars. Ironically, as much as he loves fast vehicles, it was indeed a speeding car that almost killed Lucas when he was in his twenties. "Some guy plowed into me going 90mph. It should've killed me," he told the sold-out crowd.


2. He thinks we'll get another Howard the Duck movie

Interestingly enough, Lucas seems most proud of those movies of his that go on to become cult classics versus something like the behemoth blockbuster that is Star Wars. He smiled fondly when Howard the Duck was brought up, and considers it a classic.

Lucas was well aware of Howard's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, and said that he feels like Marvel will make another Howard the Duck movie. "When you have a digital duck, you can do anything," he said.


3. Here's how he got rich

Just the fact that he created Star Wars wasn't enough to earn Lucas billions of dollars for years to come. Instead it was one decision while drawing up contracts on the original Star Wars movie that ultimately helped launch the franchise as we know it.

As Lucas explained it, he was adamant about requesting the sequel and merchandising rights for all of his Star Wars movies, even though at the time he did this he didn't think any sequels would be made. Ultimately it was this decision that helped him create a trilogy of films on his terms, how he saw fit.

"And that's how I got rich," he joked.


4. Lucas made American Graffiti on a dare

Early on in his career, Lucas was more interested in making experimental art films more than anything else. His good buddy -- and future Godfather director -- didn't think those experimental movies would ever get Lucas anywhere, and so he dared the budding filmmaker to make a comedy.

That comedy eventually became American Graffiti


5. What he's doing next

As of now, Lucas says he's retired from filmmaking -- that he's taking his "yacht money" and spending it on a vault for the experimental movies he'd like to make.

As far as we know, he hasn't made any of these movies yet, and even when he does he admits we may never see them. 


So what does a George Lucas-directed experimental movie look like, exactly?

Here's one called Freiheit from 1966. You'll notice that even a film like this has the quick pans and heavy attention to movement that will eventually find its way all over Star Wars

In fact, Lucas considers Star Wars to be a silent film that relies on movement. "Sound is extremely important, but the dialogue is not," he said. "Even if you couldn't understand what's being said, you could understand the movie."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. What would you like to see George Lucas do next?

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