Why George Lucas Has No Desire to Direct Another ‘Star Wars’ Film

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After handing the “Star Wars” reins over the Disney, George Lucas definitely has no desire left to helm another film in the franchise.

“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” Lucas told Vanity Fair when prompted about why he left the series. “And it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.”

That’s not to say he doesn’t still have a vested interest in the galaxy far far away. He has hopes for where the story could go. Like the vast majority of the fanbase, Lucas is curious to learn what came of Darth Vader’s grandkids. He also pointed out about the franchise, “there’s more to it than just spaceships.”

The “Star Wars” creator did say he had a concern as Disney expands the universe past Luke Skywalker’s story. He hopes “the Force doesn’t get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook.”

Lucas probably also managed to infuriate someone when he jokingly said the almost universally hated Jar Jar Binks was the character he’d most like to be.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams, opens Dec. 18.

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  1. PJFry says:

    Jeez this whiny b**ch does more to damage his legacy with his complaining than the 3 prequels ever did. Jar Jar was all your own fault so suck it up and be man and accept responsibility for it – stop lashing out at everything because you’re butthurt that so few people share your childish sensibilities.

  2. Bill B. says:

    He’s probably right. There’s not much room for experimentation or growth with a treasured story line, style & format. If you stray too far from the formula, you will probably be highly criticized, I would think. Despite all of his success, he really has had a very limited directing career. After his interesting feature film debut with THX-1138, he has only directed one non-Star Wars film, the great American Graffiti. Seems like Star Wars engulfed and limited his creative career.

  3. Phil Ayling says:

    He was hugely successful, but I can’t be excited just because of that. It seems like the more control he asserted over his films, the worse they were.

  4. Elizabeth Brauer says:

    Lucas started out fresh, independent and creative. Where he has ended up is another story. He has finally cashed in to the tune of $4B from the Mouse, which was his goal for some time. Directing was not his strength, obviously. And Jar Jar was hated by almost everyone in the company!

  5. P D MacGuire says:

    He’s got a damn nerve, complaining about criticism. He’s the one who came up with Jar Jar, and ruined everything.

  6. Joom says:

    He hopes “the Force doesn’t get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook.”

    Yeah because that bit of lore about midichlorians made so much sense..

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