George Lucas Backpedals on ‘Star Wars’ ‘White Slavers’ Remark

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A day after the airing of his provocative critique of the latest “Star Wars” film and its makers, series creator George Lucas rolled back his comments Thursday, saying he was “thrilled” with the job Disney has done with the space saga and “blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success” of the current hit, “The Force Awakens.”

Lucas apologized for the “very inappropriate analogy” he used in comparing Disney to “white slavers,”  a statement he made during a lengthy interview with CBS newsman Charlie Rose.

“I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership,” Lucas said in his statement, issued Thursday afternoon by Disney. “Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks.”

Lucas concluded by adding: “Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.” The last was a reference to J. J. Abrams, director of “The Force Awakens” and Kathleen Kennedy, the Lucasfilm executive who brought the film to the screen, where it has made more than $1 billion in a little less than two weeks.

In his lengthy interview with Rose, the “Star Wars” inventor had expressed deep ambivalence about the fate of his space epic, despite the fact $4 billion cash and stock windfall he gained in the 2012 sale to Disney. He not only suggested control of the franchise had gone to “white slavers” (in what some described as a “quip”) but added that he did not agree with the “retro” approach the entertainment conglomerate had taken with the film.

“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” Lucas told Rose. “Every movie, I worked very hard to make them different. I made them completely different—different planets, different spaceships to make it new.” Lucas also said in the PBS talker that he liked J.J. Abrams, who has won wide praise for re-energizing the space series with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  “J.J. Abrams, he’s a good director, a good friend,” Lucas told Rose.

The comments predictably set off furious chatter on the Internet, with some defending “Star Wars” founding father and his right to criticize his successors, while others labeled him as ungrateful and out of bounds for biting the hand that fed him a multi-billion-dollar fortune.

Most of Lucas’s interview with Rose had been about his own uneven steps in developing a new relationship with his “Star Wars” legacy, since putting it in another company’s hands. He acknowledged that, even before selling to Disney, he could never simply put others in charge of the space films and felt he “had to stand over the shoulder of the director, help him, whisper in his ear constantly, ‘No, do this. Do that.’ And be there to help guide it.”

Once Disney took over and began working on Episode VII in the space sage, Lucas told the CBS newsman it was clear the conglomerate wasn’t “that keen to have me involved anyway” and was “going to do their own thing” with future “Star Wars” movies. The director said he tried to realize that it was healthier for him to move on with his life and not look back. “You just say, ‘No! Gone! History! I’m moving forward.’ Because every time you do…something like that, you’re opening the wound again, and it just makes it harder for you,” Lucas explained. “You have to put it behind you, and it’s a very, very hard thing to do.”

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  1. tjquake says:

    I’m reading all this jacked up talk you people are saying about George and it sickens me!! Just to remind everyone here what STAR WARS is! GEORGE LUCAS is STAR WARS!!! STAR WARS is GEORGE LUCAS!! Have you guys forgotten who came up with the whole thing in the first place… HELLO anybody home? Let me just say that this new star wars movie didn’t have any of the special feel and vibe that all of the other star wars movies had. The one big thing this movie was missing was the music that brought every star wars movie alive even the ep.1,2 and 3 all these had a great music theme that you could just listen to the sound track and go oh I remember the scene that went to this music. In this new movie NONE of that was there. It had some coo flava here in there but it was all stolen ideas from George Lucas first 3 movies. All I have to say is that if you are a true Star Wars fan then you are a George Lucas Fan because George is the Almighty the Omega all has and always will be STAR WARS!! So stop talking all your smack on George Lucas cuz if it was’t for this brilliant film maker name George Lucas there would be no STAR WARS for any of you to even be complaining about!!

  2. Alan Emerson says:

    He also smelled your scent of eldeberries and farted in your general direction. Such a cad. Be sure to buy Star Wars themed pitchforks for your mob march.

  3. rattbutler says:

    That Quick Call from Bob Iger…Changed George Lucas’s Attitude.

  4. tony says:

    he hoped things would work out as they did for marvel and Pixar but something has gone wrong.

  5. tony says:

    any good points had to make overshadowed by this phrase.
    shame.

  6. Jacques Strappe says:

    $4 billion wasn’t enough George? What an a$$hole. The film was awesome and rekindled my love for the Star Wars franchise after the last disastrous previous sequels..

    • Duder NME says:

      Your “love” is purely based on your hatred of other films. It’s the fan version of Tourettes, and if the prequels didn’t get to you, something else would have, weakling.

  7. Marc Conley says:

    Yes! Thank you for pointing that out. Yet ANOTHER artist that contributed to the creation of Star Wars because it was never a case of Lucas dictating what he wanted, but instead of Ralph creatively fleshing out what Gary and George told him about the world they outlined.

  8. lisagblanck says:

    Ha! I wonder how much the Mouse House threatened to sue Lucas for if he didn’t put out a retraction. Just a power play. We know he spoke from the heart.

  9. George Lucas……the epitome of a pompous A$$. If he wanted control over “his babies” why did he sell the franchise for 4 BILLION dollars???????? What gave him the idea that he could sell his children to the “slavers” and still have any say in what happens to them? Likely Disney did not want to follow his story ideas for the last three films because of the raging failure of the prequels. George Lucas has always been full of himself, and sadly no actual talent to warrant such egotistical thinking. He has been known for little else other than Star Wars and the Indiana Jones franchises, and in the latter the success happened thanks to Steven Spielberg.

    Now on to Disney. Yes, they have a track record of making pretty good films. Yes, they likely are slavers. It is laughable, however, that Disney has the nerve to say that they wanted to make a film “for the fans”. After seeing that they are charging 3-4 dollars more a ticket to see the second coming, it convinces me even more that like George Lucas, Disney is making a film for their own pocket books (bottom line). If Disney really wanted to make a movie ‘for the fans’ they wouldn’t have jacked up the ticket prices. That being said any lemmings willing to spend money to see these in the theaters, enjoy. I’ll wait until they come out on pay-per-view, and decide if they are even worth the 7.99 they’ll be asking, because if they are charging more for theater tickets you can guarantee they’ll tell the cable companies to charge the extra 2 or 3 also.

    • IndyLKT says:

      I paid my normal $5 per ticket to see the show before noon (twice). The only tickets with higher prices were IMAX and 3D; just like all other films.

    • tom vinelli says:

      Really ,you need to lighten up , life’s too short to worry about something that costs 2 dollars more then normal. You can’t take it with you.You wrong ,George has a talent. For one thing he thought up this whole Star Wars universe and how it works , the stories etc. You try it , bet you can’t. Not only that George changed the way you make movies and invented new technology for those times and today.
      He is a bright guy. Now as a director,he is OK .He is someone no doubt that has to oversee everything with his projects. J.J on the other hand trusts the people he hires. But that’s who George is and if you want to work with him, that’s the price you pay. Your remarks prove to me anyways ,you have no idea how hard it is to make a movie and all that’s involved, the decisions you have to make as in this case writer, director, producer. It’s a huge risk, even if you play it safe with the story. You should watch that Charlie Rose interview, there is more then meets the eye, with George Lucas, and I would work with him in a heartbeat.

    • James says:

      Prove it Castielle. Show some proof that tickets were A. More for Star Wars than say, 3 other movies currently playing and B. proof that Disney was responsible for a price difference and not the theater itself. In my area, every movie cost the same, extra for 3D. I’m quite sure that is in compliance with the national standard.

      • Rowl says:

        GL has talent as a technical director and producer and marketer. The special effects and visual and sound technology he created for the SW series was second to none, and THX audio and ILM are still industry forerunners. His foresight in retaining the licensing rights to the SW franchise was brilliance and set the stage for the future of revenue generation for the movie industry for decades. However, as a film director or writer, he has almost no talent. The work that Kasdan and others (including Kennedy) did to progress even the original trilogy, let alone Lucasfilm Ltd and LucasArts, mostly to prod and press and manage GL into doing what’s best for the company and understanding/promoting the interests and desires of the fans, something that GL has repeatedly said he cares nothing about, that not only took real talent, but a true vision into managing not only an empire, but also a meglomaniac.

    • Marc Conley says:

      Ticket prices for The Force Awakens is the same as for every other film this year depending on time of day and what format you see any movie in. Disney did not “jack up” the price, inflation did. Your point is moot at best and pointless at worst.

      • OK Marc….you keep believing that Disney give two craps about the fans and did not jack up the prices. I know better. Where I am the prices for the standard def movie are 3-4 dollars more for Star Wars than for any other movie.They are no different than any other studio. It is ALWAYS about the bottom line and they bank on people like you to buy into their special brand of bs.

      • Marc Conley says:

        Prove it. Tell me your area and the theater and the prices for every movie in the same format. No one pays more for The Force Awakens compared to any other movie; you are living in a fantasy land and it’s your own paranoid mind. Also, by you talking about this movie is giving Disney free advertising. And, I am a big fan of Star Wars since 1985 and as a fan I was very satisfied. I was more than willing to pay to see it, no one forced me to. Disney is making tons of money not because of anything else but people freely choosing to foot the bill to see it in theaters. For you to say otherwise just puts you in the category of a conspiracy theorist nut with anti-capitalist drivel. For you to not like the movie is fair, but to say it’s because Disney is manipulating us and for my unfair and unethical things; you don’t have a leg to stand on.

  10. Cecil B. Devine says:

    He´s lying.
    I´m George Zipper and I GUARANTEE IT!

  11. Marc Conley says:

    I’m going to set the record straight once and for all about Star Wars. GEORGE LUCAS IS NOT, NOR HAS EVER BEEN, THE SOLE CREATOR OF STAR WARS. At the very least, a filmmaker named Gary Kurtz had as much to do with creating Star Wars as George Lucas. The claim that Mr. Lucas is “the creator” of Star Wars can only be substantiated from a legal-contractual standpoint and on a marketing basis; nothing more. Here are the facts and history. BOTH George Lucas and Gary Kurtz, in the early 70s, wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie. Unfortunately, they found out that securing the rights would be too time-consuming, too impractical for two young filmmakers, and way too expensive. So, instead, they set out to make their own Flash Gordon-type movie with elements of Buck Rogers thrown in and inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey and even from the Star Trek television series. BOTH Gary Kurtz and George Lucas played around with so many ideas back and forth to come up with something that audiences would like and could stand alone as its own sci-Fi adventure. Left to himself, George Lucas would have made Luke Skywalker into a frog- like creature with the name Starkiller. Luckily, Gary Kurtz was there creating too and both modified the characters and stories endlessly from at least 1973 onwards. When they finally felt comfortable with their world and outline, George Lucas was tasked with writing the script and Gary Kurtz was tasked with pitching it to studio heads and boards. Very long and arduous story short, 20th century Fox signed onto the project and gave these two young filmmakers a chance. They gave them just $10 million to make it. Folks, in 1975/76, that was less money than comedies were made for at the time. For 20th Century Fox, that was almost a drop in the bucket for them and this sci-Fi picture was more of a check in the box for the financially struggling studio. They were betting on two drama movies to get them out of their rut, not Star Wars. After four or five drafts with many more modifications they began making the film. After going over budget the film was released and it turned out to be the most unexpected hit in the galaxy and it saved 20th Century Fox from potential bankruptcy, not the two drama movies that they were banking on which no one has even heard of today. Instead, it was this weird Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers film that was only an afterthought to the studio. The claim that George Lucas always had a trilogy in mind is completely false. The “Episode IV,” title in the opening crawl was never in the theatrical 1977 release. George and Gary had that idea in the beginning as Episode one or three, but only as a nod to the old Flash Gordon serials that had the same opening crawl titles. The studio said that audiences would get very confused and wouldn’t get the nod, so George and Gary agreed and took it out. The original didn’t even have the title “A New Hope.” It would only go in right before the release of The Empire Strikes Back. The claim that George Lucas directly used ancient stories and mythology motifs by reading Joseph Campbell’s book to create Star Wars is false. George Lucas didn’t even start reading his book until after Star Wars was released in 1977. After the unfathomable and unprecedented success of their movie, Gary and George decided to do a trilogy. George said great, but as long as he didn’t have to direct or even write the script this time; the two tasks really took its toll on George and Gary could see that. So both moved forward as executive producers and hired a script writer and another director. By the time they got to Return of the Jedi, George and Gary, unfortunately, had a falling out. Gary claims that George, by this time, cared more about selling toys than making a good story. For example, Harrison Ford petitioned to have his character, Han Solo, killed off in Empire and then tried again with Return of the Jedi. George vehemently resisted because it would end a lucrative toy line of Han Solo figures. George was making way more money off of the toys than the movies; Gary looked at the third movie from purely a film/story perspective. The two finally came to an em passé and Gary decided to leave altogether. Both had great respect and love from all the crew and actors. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said it was just like experiencing a divorce; like mom and dad splitting up. Both crew and actors were very sad. Return of the Jedi was finally made and then released. George would go on to release the Special Editions claiming that the very controversial changes he made matched his “original vision,” even though he would make at least two more editions and versions of the original movies in later dvd releases. He would then go on to make the prequel trilogy while having total control over every department and aspect of the films. From art production all the way to simple props, nothing would be filmed without his tinkering or approval. Without Gary Kurtz to provide creative input or at least temperance, and with the other artists unwilling to challenge George, all three films were a critical and creative disaster. They were financially successful though, but mostly little kids ended up liking them. The prequels would even end up contradicting the original trilogies in important ways such as characters and even in how the Force was presented. By the time you get to now, The Force Awakens, George had sold the company and rights to Disney. George gave the Disney artists and writers his outlines for the new trilogy. After going over his ideas, Disney politely declined to use any of them. Disney offered to bring George on as a creative consultant. George accepted but never went to any of the meetings claiming that they wouldn’t do what he wanted to do. In practice, George had zero involvement with The Force Awakens. Disney said they wanted to make a film for the fans by the fans. The director would be J.J. Abrams who saw Star Wars in 1977 when he was 11 or 12 and has been a fan ever since. Lawrence Kasdan would write the script; the same script writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. George Lucas would see it and say that he liked it but did not love it. George is now no longer part of the Star Wars universe just like Gary isn’t. The reality is that the original Star Wars trilogy was never created by one man, it was started by two men and fully formed thanks to many artists and even actors. With The Force Awakens, very much unlike the prequel trilogy, that formula finally has been awakened once again after 32 years.

    • Alan Emerson says:

      This sad experiment to make gullible fanwhiners to believe any unsupported conjecture will win you many of the already preached, Mr. Conley, just as Lucas’s aside was treated as gospel for these Salem hunters. You have no source. The only possible source would be “Skywalking”, a 1980s unauthorized biography from Lucas’s former personal aide, which doesn’t speak of anything even remotely libelous as what you’ve written. Did Kurtz have a love a race cars, or experiment with student films, or spend his childhood watching Flash Gordon serials, or the Dam Busters, or the Hidden Fortress, or any number of influences that would shape a work like A New Hope? Try your very best to provide a source for your answer to this query, and you just may seem credible, and that’s a massive “if”.

      Fan that fanflame all you want, supported by the existence of action figures and prequel stories you happen to not like. In this Fox News world of fanwhiners, you’re Sean Hannity. May you never create anything in life beyond conjecture. Such a work will surely be met with suspicion.

    • Dont forget the importance of Ralph Mcquarrie. It was his storyboards that sold the film and he is responsible for all of the coolest characters and ships. Without them Star Wars would be just another Flash Gordon movie.

    • Thank you for setting the record straight. I’ve always believed that George Lucas was a talent-less hack with a God complex.

  12. Cole says:

    I love how pigs to the trough and that includes most successful people in entertainmet talk about the evil empires that made them so successful with such disdain. Disney is an incredible company and brand and he should be grateful they bought that tired franchise.

  13. Movie Man says:

    Poor George. How FAKE is his apology? No doubt written by some public relations hack. I believe George REALLY meant what he said the first time. Now if he could only get some fat sucked outta that neck….

  14. Alex says:

    STAR WARS Episode 7 1/2: The Evil Mouse Strikes Back

  15. Sandra says:

    George should never have apologised Disney the White Slavers deserve that comment. Without George Lucas there would be no Star Wars. He has a right to his opinions it was his babies.

  16. George McDowell says:

    Someone reminded Lucas that he is contractually obligated to say nice things about Disney. How embarrassing for both!

  17. Alex says:

    He shouldn’t be sorry, Disney is as evil as the Empire.

  18. creta says:

    Right. Because they´re yellow slavers.

  19. I also saw the Charlie Rose interview, and had the distinct impression Lucas was somewhat unhappy with the direction his saga has been taken in. I think Mr. Lucas has the right as original creator to critique the picture. I think it was a mistake for Lucas to walk back any of his statements on Charlie Rose, but he did so because I think he was pressured under the incredible success of the movie financially to do so. I saw the new Star Wars and wondered if I saw a different movie from everyone else ??? I thought the picture was mediocre, and a little boring. I think we should have seen more of C3PO and R2D2 and had a bit more of the re-appearnace of Skywalker before the very end. The death of Hans Solo was a mistake !

    • I agree that the film was mediocre. I came out of the theater entertained but underwhelmed. J.J. Abrams still does little for me.

      But … Harrison Ford has been running away from Han Solo for the majority of his career. (Hell, the whole frozen-in-carbonite thing was because no one knew, at the time, whether Ford would return for “Jedi” or not.) I’d bet anything that, truth be known, this was the only way to get him back for this film: make it so that he didn’t have to be in VIII and IX.

      I doubt there was any other option.

      • Duder NME says:

        Ford wanted Solo to die ever since Empire Strikes Back. His obsession has led him to a death scene as tepid and telegraphed as the rest of this fanservice called a movie.

  20. Daniel says:

    Right. Because they´re yellow slavers.

  21. Mikey says:

    If you watch and listen to the interview it’s so obvious he’s joking but of course the media jumps on each & every word said. So blown out of proportion. Not the wisest choice of humour but it was a joke nonetheless. And he doesn’t sound bitter at Force Awakens success or anything like that at all – he just misses being in charge of the Saga he created. I can understand that.

  22. Joel says:

    Having just seen the movie, I completely understand what Lucas was saying. The new movie is nothing more than a re-hash, dialogue was flat too (not sure if that was due to the writing or the line delivery by the less-than-seasoned actors…hired more for PC purposes, it would seem. I enjoyed the movie, but I left feeling “been there, done that”. ANOTHER Death Star?> Yawn. I remember being disappointed when I saw it in JEDI (“Not again!”) and now, 39 years later, they couldn’t come up with another design that hadn’t been destroyed twice before? Nope, it’s recycled yet again. Fun movie? Yes. Creative, original, imaginative? Eh, not so much. Makes me wonder how Lucas would have continued it.

  23. rattbutler says:

    Dear George Lucas….PLEASE STOP TALKING. PLEASE!

  24. Xssy says:

    This film was so shitty, it’s not even funny. But, George, you sold it out. You should have just kept it, passed it on to someone close to you, like an enthusiastic niece or nephew or something. What did you think was going to happen selling to DISNEY of all companies…..”company”. This whole entire country is a corporation….

  25. orionsaint says:

    Lucas took a jab at the Force Awakens saying “it’s not about spaceships. It’s about family.” Implying the Force Awakens is not about family. He couldn’t be more wrong. In the Force Awakens, Finn’s found a family. Rey’s searching for her family. The Solo family is destroyed. I guess GL didn’t see dozens of CGI spaceships in the background, so that equals No Family?

    • Benny Magma says:

      It’s clear you didn’t watch the interview. That quote was about movies that tried to copy Star Wars after the originals success. Stop twisting words to make some kind of a point.

      • Duder NME says:

        Forget it, Benny Magma. The fanboy is more dullard than man, twisted and whiny. They want to matter without doing anything constructive in life.

    • jason moyer says:

      That’s kind of a hilarious quote by Lucas, considering the biggest failure of the prequel movies was that the character drama was nonexistent and in its place were a million completely pointless cgi toys all over the screen.

  26. Alex says:

    To late, it’s out there.

  27. Me says:

    Next time, call them “Howard the Ducks!”

  28. Tony says:

    No Lucas, No star Wars. End of argument.

    • rattbutler says:

      No Jar Jar Binks, No Endless CGI, No Hayden Christen, No Endless Background of Spaceships. No Spice Wars, No Bad scripts, No Bad Acting, No Bad Directing, Do I need to cover anymore?

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Interesting comment, Tony. However, I didn’t see the three that were made at the beginning of the last decade.

  29. Arnie says:

    I like Geo. Lucas. The guy’s the best. Leave him alone, haters. Back to your No Name Beer, beef jerky and chicken fried Koolaid.

    You’re all starting to sound like Judd A. re monster Cosby, and his minion Lesl. Arf re Barry O.

  30. Anon says:

    “Lucas has now apologized for the “white slavers” thing and said some very nice things about Disney” A.K.A. They put a gun pointing him to apologize and say good things about the company who will conquer the world and destroy everything. Bravo, asshole. At least die with honor.

  31. vidHero says:

    Coverage of this charlie rose “white slavers” comment seems to skip over the historical metaphors that Lucas was making throughout the interview (he spends much of the interview talking about the role of popularist entertainment, and role of patrons in ancient rome).
    They also seem to mention lucas making 4 billion off the sale of lucasfilm – without mentioning that he gave the majority of his money to charity. Nor do they mention his explanation (in the same charlie rose interview) that he was running a company with many employees and felt it better to sell the company than risk their jobs on his wild ideas about entertainment).

    • He has not given the money to charity yet. He said he would, but he never disclose which charity would be the beneficiary. Cant find a story about him actually doing it. I also dont understand the employees comment. The majority of ILM and Skywalker Sounds work is on other movies not his. George has only made five films since 87, Young Indiana Jones and the Star Wars cartoons.

      Working for him is another story. When you start at ILM you have to work for 12 am to 8 am because of his outrageous time demands. His favorite thing to say when he gives someone an impossible deadline “think about it” Also I had lunch at Skywalker ranch once was surprised that all of the employees, only around 60 or so had to pay for there lunch. George couldn’t feed his employees with his billions. So not sure about how much he really cares about his work force.

      • tom vinelli says:

        OMG , my company doesn’t feed me lunch everyday. They pay me for being there for doing a job. I also pay for my own gas to get to work, should George have done that too. I know a guy who worked on EP 1,2 and 3 , he said it was hard work , he lived there until the project was over ,however he was paid a ton of money for his work on CGI. He went back home after EP 1, but came back to do the next two. So how bad could it have been working for George. Sorry Tommy , you are just a cry baby..grow up soon.

      • Duder NME says:

        Funny, I can’t find a story about you having lunch at Skywalker Ranch. And yet his charity to education institutes is well known by even most haters, as is his shepherding the construction of low income housing in Marin County. You’re the only one missing out, having pretend lunch with people.

  32. heather says:

    George Lucas knew he crossed the line & Disney has every right to be pissed off. They’ve treated him like a prince for years and now he’s stabbed them in the back publicly. His arrogance got the best of him. Go back to Marin County and disappear.

  33. Joe says:

    There were ‘Black Slavers’, too. I mean, why be so discriminatory.

  34. Luis Gutierrez says:

    Mr. Lucas was paid billions of dollars to give up his control of the franchise. It is pathetic that he would make such comments after WILLINGLY selling it to Disney. If FOUR billions dollars was not enough to truly walk away then he shouldn’t have sold it. He is probably bored and forgets how lucky he is…..kind of sad. I would have stayed quiet at the very least.

  35. Erik says:

    Star Wars 7 was better than Episode 1, 2, and barely better than 3. It basically copied a bunch of plot devices from episode 4 and unoriginally brought back a “new” Death Star for a third time.

    Point being yes Star Wars Episode 7 made a LOT, but it still doesn’t have the same magic as Episode 4,5, and 6.

    The hate that Lucas gets is stupid considering he’s the brains behind the three best Star Wars films out there, and considering JJ basically borrowed all of the plot points from Episode 4. Episode 1 and 2 should never have existed but Lucas has done more good for Star Wars than bad.

    • Rowl says:

      You say ‘copied,’ I say paid homage to. They definitely took the outline of the OT and used the same elements in Ep7. I’d be willing to bet that they’ll get fresher with Ep8, but use the same concept of the 3 act story in that the middle of the trilogy will be darker and give preference to the antagonist. I’m interested to see what they do with Ep9, whether they use it to cap the trilogy, or initiate a continuing storyline, or some amalgamation of both, but I’d be really surprised if it bore any kind of resemblance to Ep6 at all.

    • fievel03 says:

      Where in Episode 4 was there a complete slaughter of innocent civilians? Where was the defecting stormtrooper who pushed the plot along? Where was the bar owner who was in touch with the Force? At the end of Episode 4, what was the name of the Jedi Master who appeared after a long self-exile?

      Stop with the ignorance. Episode 7 echoes 4 just like it echoes 1, 5, and 6. It’s called Star Wars. It’s what happens.

      • Ryan Colson says:

        Civilian slaughter, Alderaan

        Exiled Master, Obi-Wan

        Defected Imperial, Biggs Darklighter

        Pushing a plot along, Luke, who clearly states he was joining the Empire until his destiny altered it

      • Red Grant says:

        You don’t know these movies too well, do you, fievel03?

        Where in Episode 4 was there a complete slaughter of innocent civilians? Try the moment the Empire used the Death Star to blow up Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home planet! Oops, that was billions of innocents, so you’re right, not the same.

        A Jedi master that appeared after a long exile? Well, that happened in Episode 5 with Yoda, on Dagobah, when the young Jedi Luke seeks out his destiny. Sound familiar?

        A bar owner in touch with the force and a defecting Stormtrooper? Nope, they didn’t have those in the original films. Lucas didn’t use his films and shoehorn in bad plot devices for the sake of particular casting choices.

        You really don’t know these movies too well, do you?

        Stop with the ignorance. Episode 7 robbed ideas from Episodes 4 and 5. It’s called Disney Star Wars and it’s called modern day, shallow, PC culture. It’s what happens.

  36. George Brent says:

    Typical Hollywood liberal biting the hand that feeds them.

  37. Gary says:

    Tough for the average person to empathize with a multi-billionaire whine about a franchise he started long, long ago and no longer had the stamina to continue.
    Enjoying the Dark Side George??

  38. Thanks anyways Mr.Lucas for Star Wars 1977: New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi.

    • Duder NME says:

      And The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, THX-1138, American Graffiti, Kagemusha, Tucker, Willow, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, Labyrinth, Twice Upon a Time, and The Land Before Time.

  39. Walt says:

    Disney has a lot of H1B employees it needs to put to work. I’m glad Lucas let them work on his children (Star Wars)

  40. I Love Disney ! Now I want to Buy the Orignals Star Wars in Bluray before I die. Lucas your a Ripoff ! Your name should be scratched off The Orginals ! Star Trek and Indiana gave us Orginals in Bluray ! I will toss my Sucker Mislead Bought Star Wars with YOUR added effects on your Grave.

  41. Steve McKay says:

    Wasnt he a famous director at one time?. Like a long time ago? #Outtafuckstogive

  42. TheReporterwroteitbetter says:

    Ugh, what an annoying title. The guy realized a mistake and apologized. So annoying that Variety has to use “backpedalled” to create drama and get clicks.

  43. BenMoon says:

    Oh, yeah, George is such an evil guy. After he sold Star Wars to Disney for 4 BILLION dollars, he donated ALL OF IT to charities.

    But let’s all burn him at the stake and write him off as a human being because of a single sentence.

    Ya’ll need to get your priorities straight.

  44. SPIKE says:

    Hey Georgie, how much did you pay your spin doctor for that one? What’s the matter, Georgie? Afraid you big honest mouth will lose you a billion?

  45. C3POs buddy says:

    In his lengthy interview with Rose, the “Star Wars” inventor had expressed deep ambivalence about the fate of his space epic, despite the fact $4 billion cash and stock windfall he gained in the 2012 sale to Disney. He not only suggested control of the franchise had gone to “white slavers” (in what some described as a “quip”) but added that he did not agree with the “retro” approach the entertainment conglomerate had taken with the film.

    Uh, so now that the Disney effort is a MEGA BLOCKBUSTER HIT Georgie is OK with it. Sounds like he didn’t mind BILLIONS in cash from Disney but thought they should let him call the shots afterward. Why be petty and bitter, George!?! You got 4 billion reasons not to be!

  46. Daniel says:

    Uh-oh, someone famous said something you don’t hear a lot, something potentially provocative. That’s our cue…everyone lose their minds.

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