In an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose, Star Wars mastermind George Lucas opened up and spilled the tea on just about everything, but most intriguingly, the record-breaking Force Awakens, the new Star Wars film, reports Entertainment Weekly.
I’m very intimately involved in them, and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things
Several times during the interview, Lucas bemoaned popular, big budget movies, something he is more than familiar with, with not only the Star Wars franchise, but Indiana Jones. He said he began early work for Episode VII, but Disney, which had full control of the sale of Lucasfilm, had its own plans. “All those Star Wars films… I loved them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them, and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and…” Lucas said, before laughing and wisely trailing off.
He ultimately decided to take a new path and let director J.J. Abrams create his own vision, believing the studio didn’t want him involved. “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” Lucas said. “Every movie, I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new.”
You have to just cut it off and say okay, end of ball game. I got to move on. And everything in your body says, don’t, you can’t — and these are my kids
“When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls,” he continued. “The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing. The third one is you don’t show up at their coffee shop… Every time you do something like that, you’re opening the wound again, and it just makes it harder for you. You have to put it behind you, and it’s a very, very, very hard thing to do. But you have to just cut it off and say okay, end of ball game. I got to move on. And everything in your body says, don’t, you can’t — and these are my kids.”
The initial days of his space opera plans weren’t met with as much love as they are now, with the franchise triggering a change in Hollywood, Lucas said, making studios more risk-averse, only wanting to bet on “sure” things.
“The other thing that got abused,” he added, “the studios and everything said, ‘Wow, we can make a lot of money. This is the license to kill.’ And they did it. And the only way you can do that is not take chances, only do something that’s proven. …Now, if you do anything that’s not a sequel, or not a TV series, or doesn’t look like one, they won’t do it.”