George Lucas Says He Sold ‘Star Wars’ to ‘White Slavers’

George Lucas Star Wars
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While Disney has to be pleased with the way its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm is turning out, thanks to the galactic success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the man who created the “Star Wars” universe doesn’t feel the same way.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas spoke about everything from his and Disney’s branching vision to the deal itself. Lucas, who has always been protective of his series and even refers to them as his “kids,” hasn’t been looking back well on the deal with Disney (via Collider).

“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,” Lucas said before laughing and deciding it better not to finish. (See the interview below. Lucas mentions the “white slavers” around the 50-minute mark)

The father of “Star Wars” also opened up about why he and Disney were split on their decisions for the franchise’s future.

“They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” Lucas said. “They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. … They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up,” he said. “And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been a massive success in the two weeks it has been out, becoming the ninth-highest box office performer ever with $1.23 billion in global box office receipts.

Watch the interview below:

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  1. ws says:

    Said by a racist bigot loser who absolutely refuses to include Asian males anywhere in his franchise, nor release any star wars game on the Asian continent.

  2. deltron6969 says:

    George is just Butter

  3. Leigh says:

    Sorry George but The Force Awakens is a huge breath of fresh air in the franchise after Episodes 1-3. They were truly terrible.

  4. Martin says:

    Gotta love his verve..and he is only making a creative point.

  5. Karlos says:

    Star wars died when Lucas sold them to the white slavers

  6. Dendikken says:

    It boggles the mind that this movie has so much success, we truly are a doomed species…

  7. Angelo Bernar says:

    sorry, but after the prequels and the borig out of order mess that was clone wars, I`m very happy that star wars is finally in good hands. i just hope they put revan in the canon list.

  8. blopa3 says:

    The force a weakening isn’t star wars ,star wars die with dart vader,,,Disney need change the name for the 8 and maybe more people go to waste time and money to see the movie.

  9. He used the term as a humorous metaphor for how he felt about Disney’s corporate stature and power in the film industry. It was a very poor attempt at humor but he was just expressing how he felt.

  10. John Fremer says:

    nice misleading, out-of-context, click-bait headline, Variety! Listen to the actual interview and you’ll see his comment was a joke.

  11. Patricia says:

    Poor George. He sold his Star Wars characters to Disney for $4 BILLION dollars. Now he’s complaining. No one forced him to do it….!!!
    Apparently $4 billion was too much to resist.

  12. Dale says:

    Just making millions at the box office doesn’t mena it’s a GOOD film It’s mediocre at best. The movie is NOT for the fans as it destroyed plenty of what it stood for. The simple minds and fools enjoy a remake of Episode 4 and can’t even see through the sharade Disney pulled.

  13. WiLdCaRd says:

    In the past, i would have just said that Lucas was just yakn away cause he regretted selling his saga. However, after seeing The Force Awakens, all i say is that JJ Abrams and Disney comitted film fraud by just rebooting A New Hope, and change the two lead stars for political reasons. Its just sad to see this. The young generation and simple minded peeps wont have any idea im saying, but truth is truth. The idea for Star Wars was to move on, not repeat the same shyt we seen before, plus we didnt get to see the original 3 ( Luke, Han and Leia ) on the same scene together like JJ Abrams kept crying about fans wanting to see. This is with out a doubt the biggest fraud i have ever seen in any movie, and as a long time fan of this saga for so long, i have finally let go of this saga once and for all cause Disney ruined it. I promise episode 8 and beyond will fail in the long run. Rian Johnson is rebooting the Empire strikes back, and Trevorrow ( the famous reboot man of Jurrasic Park ), will be rebooting Return of Jedi. So enjoy fans on the future of star wars as there will be nothing but reboots and in 20 to 30 years, Disney will just reboot the whole saga again. What a waist……….

    • Darth Jar Jar says:

      You are giving Disney no credit. I know plenty of friends who have seen the movie multiple times and are huge fans. The resemblance to A New Hope is there, but that has stopped very few from seeing the movie nor will it stop anyone from seeing any future Star Wars films. Disney made a re-make, but who doesn’t go see a re-make of their favorite movies?

  14. Amanduh says:

    “The Force Awakens” may not have the most original plot ever, but I got more enjoyment out of it than out of all 3 prequels put together. I still haven’t figured out how Lucas was able to take Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, two actors I normally enjoy, and make them boring and uninteresting.

    I can’t really blame Disney for not wanting Lucas’ input on the new movies out of fear that he’ll “muck everything up”. Does Lucas not realize that huge numbers of Star Wars fans reacted to his sale of the franchise by saying, “Well, Disney can’t mess things up any worse than Lucas has”?

  15. Walter Long says:

    The most effective method of getting over a previous relationship is to move on. Take your stories and tell them how you want to, of course you do not want to create a new version of the old relationship, make it fresh. It appears Mr. Lucas has enough cash to create something fresh.

  16. Moogy Moo says:

    I think Lucas is torn. The creative side of his personality vs the business man side. Deep in his heart he probably dislikes The Force Awakens because it’s creatively stale but his business mind ruled his heart.

  17. Christopher says:

    Disney told him at the time of the sale that they would let him work on the project but what they did is grabbed the keys and drove off with out him. I get that people were wanting a movie with the New Hope cast and on that note George should have made 7,8 and 9 then made 1,2 and 3. But come on people they were not that bad and Revenge of the Sith I think was a really good movie it is just overshadowed by the problems in Phantom Menace. As for Disney being white slavers that’s old news. The whole first Shrek is about Disney locking up all the fairy tail creatures in his castle. The king even looks like Walt Disney and the castle….well.

  18. I really thought this new movie was mediocre. It did nothing but rdo the new hope plot. But all at the same ti e there was little plot to be told in this. It just focused on action nonstop. Also J.J. tried too damn hard at making it feminint. The lead woman knew how to absolutely do everything. She knew where everything was and was perfect at everything. She all of a sudden knew how to control people without ever training in the force. This movie wantex to show you as a big shocker that OH it’s a woman we are making the jedi hero. Then the woman comander was there to show us she was a woman. She had no point in the movie. She was suppose to be a great warrior but was tackled down in an instant. I loved Finn. He was a great character and he had a great personality.

  19. Reimund Krohn says:

    Mr Lucas,

    With all due respect, the fans loved your first Star Wars trilogy… but your second trilogy was… not so loved. I wa entranced by The Force Awakens. Do you know why? Not because of any “retro feel”, but because the movie had characters I was not only interested in, but could genuinely like. That’s an element that was completely absent from your prequels. The prequel characters are two dimensional. Maybe in your attempt to “show the audience something new”, you went overboard. Too many lightsabre duals. Too much action and shooting… no character depth, no people the audience could connect to emotionally. Mr Lucas, I think you tried too hard in the prequels to show you could “do it again”, and in the process of trying to stun us, you missed the telling of a memorable story. In short, I think it was time for you to pass the torch, sir.

  20. Tell it like it is says:

    Machismo I like his comment please read his I agree no need for me to write anything else

  21. Anthea Brainhooke says:

    A sense of perspective for Table 1 please, courtesy of the people at the end of the bar.

  22. Cam says:

    $4-billion apparently gives them (Disney) the right to make Lucas disappear. Why is he crying? Was his arm held behind his back while signing the contract? Was a child held hostage until he agreed to terms? Grow up, create a new dream, and keep walking with your head held high. It’s done.

  23. Bjartur says:

    As Master Yoda might say, “Mourn him do not. Miss him do not.”

  24. John Thomas Badcock says:

    Disney screws everybody – it’s a small world after all…

    Having said that, Lucas had to know what he getting into. Should have hired better advisors. He could have stood up to them, but no…

  25. Jay says:

    Hey george…nobody broke your arm to take their $$$ for your “kids”. You gladly obliged…and you are talking THEM down? You are judt another self important Hollyweirdo. May the Farce be with you….

  26. steve says:

    Lucas should renounce his white privilege.

  27. kimdi01 says:

    I do not recall anyone saying Lucas, now a hypocrite, has refused the money.

  28. Tank says:

    Lucas needed to go home and rethink his life

  29. JP says:

    Before you criticize GL, who here has invented revolutionary technology, rewritten the rules of their industry, and created a story and a phenomenon that resonates globally and across generations? … didn’t think so.

    • Watch Akira Kurosawa’s “Hidden Fortress” and see how much of a story GL “created.” “Adapted” or copied is a much more suitable description. He basically took a very good samurai movie and set it in space. Luckily for him, very few westerners were familiar with Kurosawa. I am still shocked that more people don’t know this. In fact, most of what is original about Star Wars didn’t come from Lucas but his first wife, Marcia Griffin, Gary Kurtz and later Lawrence Kasdan. Gary Kurtz jumped ship when “The toy business began to drive the empire.”

      • chase says:

        its all about execution in the end. I like the way the movie played out it was a good way to get people into the franchise again. Maybe they will do something new with the next film since this one was such a hit

    • SGTYork says:

      Lucas didn’t do any of those things either. At best, he financed one or two improvements of existing technology and heavily lifted from Lord of the Rings for his stories.

    • SCJ says:

      Not me personally, I am sad to say, but I have worked right along side two of them. One has actually won a lifetime achievement award from the industry. He has sold his inventions along the way to several manufacturers that still use his ideas to this day. I can safely say, he does not act like GL! He is the epitome of class, simply being grateful for the money, moving on to do something better on his own and I have never heard him rip on the companies that bought him out.

  30. Machismo says:

    George Lucus was right! I was highly disappointed in the movie when compared to the Lucus directed films.
    1. The filming was much like transformers movie. It moved so fast on the battle scenes that you could hardly focus on what was happening. You would have to be a gamer to catch it all.
    2. The Characters did not have the same type of introduction that allowed you to get involved with them.
    3. So, What was the plot of the movie? New Characters, OK, but not much background. Where did everyone come from?
    4. I would have expected after all those years that Han’s Solo would have found “The Force”
    6. Technology on either side did not appear to have advanced much. I was expecting more..
    5. Luke at the end looked horrible. I suspect he was grieving the loss of Han’s Solo, which was a bummer. He did not say a word, and you are left at the end of the move with the frame of mind…What? This is it?

    • Madgineer says:

      Im confused are you sure you saw the movie we saw. The only background needed to tell the story was presented if youre looking for more depth in the 2.5 hour movie maybe yiu should watch citizen kane’s. Yes that was an insult at your expence and yes it works on at least two levels.

      • This person has clearly never seen a Star Wars movie before. “Han” Solo discover the “the force”….I think maybe you were watching Teletubbies. They’re both set in space.

  31. OrlandoRican says:

    Sounds like a sore looser to me.

  32. DK says:

    I love it when Hollyweird multi-millionaires whine about what someone did with something you SOLD to them at a price YOU demanded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Bob Davis says:

    Let’s see. Episodes 1,2,3 were poorly cast, had lousy scripts, and stilted dialogue. The Force Awakens was a great movie and better in every way. I cannot imagine how Mr. Lucas would have done it better.

  34. Frank says:

    It was to be a sequel. Instead its a remake. The SW story didn’t progress, it restarted. What do you expect with the un-creative JJ Liberabrams?

  35. James says:

    Episodes 1-3 were actually good stories. Just very poorly executed films.

    • Frank says:

      That’s right. And 7 is a well executed film. It’s a poor story. Actually it’s no story. It’s a retread of “A New Hope”. It should be called “The Force Awakens Again”.

      Of course it does have the modern “get it without work” slant. The new Luke Skywalker, without training, defeats the new Darth Vader.

  36. Martin says:

    can’t believe you all are taking his comment so seriously!!!!!

  37. Tom Smith says:

    The left can’t help but bring race into any and everything. And they wonder why everyone is tone deaf to it (or angry)

  38. Citizenfour says:

    What a very ignorant statement for this respected individual to had made! Considering the billions he made off the sale, should humble him for being such a success. We all know he is married to a beautiful woman who is black, but we do not care, and respect her as well. If a person is in love, color does not matter!

  39. Trevor says:

    Did Greedo’s offspring hold a gun to his head and force him to accept the deal? George, you’re a very rich, very grown-ass man! Grow up!

  40. Kat says:

    I’m a fan and it’s really not a good movie. I can only surmise that critics are paid off as part of the movie business.

  41. Rick Taylor says:

    But…still made the sale. Human Nature, like water, follows the path of least resistance. We’re born, we rebel, we complain about the Ruling Class, we die and nothing changed.

    There is only way to regulate the Ruling Class; regulate their Bureaucracy (the govt) by balancing their budgets. Force them to live within their means; which is the only way to create Liberty. Otherwise, the Tyranny continues (the dark side).

    Lucas complains about the dark side, and then joins them.

  42. WarrenPeese says:

    No sympathy for Mr. Lucas, not after his previous three movies.

  43. Jerry James says:

    Lucas has been full of shit for several decades now with selective memory, constant threats of making independent movies, and absurd defenses of his lifeless (and mythless) prequels. So anything he says is just silliness.

  44. Dave Z Burton says:

    Sour F****** Grapes lol. Disney and Abrams have rehabilitated Your Franchise, George, after Your Failed prequels. You should thank them.

  45. Jay Ressa says:

    Did Lucas sell under duress or did he just take the money and run?

  46. Wow George … you have actually achieved what i didn’t think was possible … My desire to shake your hand is completely gone now … Go enjoy your money moron.

  47. Apeon LastnmUnk says:

    The Conflation of Phantasy with Real is so apparent!

  48. Jefeinoc says:

    If he refers to the Star Wars franchise as “his kids”, then isn’t he selling his children to white slavers for money, when in fact he doesn’t even need money? It seems to me we have a spoiled brat of a rich man that gave us Jar Jar Binks (a war crime on its own level since he is being hyperbolic) who is upset. His arrogance makes Trump seem humble.

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