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George Lucas on Disney, New Star Wars: I Sold It ‘To The White Slavers’ (UPDATED)

Whether you hate, love or don’t care for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the movie has already gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office in less than two weeks in theaters. The new Star Wars is here to stay.

None of this matters to creator and former Lucasfilm head George Lucas, who sold his company to Disney for $4 billion several years ago. When he did that, he also sold his right to participate in future movies, which he was fine with. Yet this hasn’t stopped him from bashing the new film and its makers in a recent interview with Charlie Rose.

As The New York Times points out, Lucas sat down with Rose for an interview that aired on Christmas Day and was just recently uploaded online.

Among other things, Lucas said:

  • American filmmakers today have less control of their craft than Soviet filmmakers did in the past.
  • The Star Wars films were like his “kids,” as he “love them,” “created them” and was “very intimately involved in them.”
  • The Force Awakens wasn’t at all the direction he wanted to go in, as it was too “retro.”
  • The new film repeated many of the first films’ mistakes, which there are were many.

Oh yeah, he also equated Disney and Hollywood et al. to “white slavers.” As in, he “sold them to the white slavers that take these things.”

Mr. Lucas, you made the prequels. Also, you willingly sold your company and your future involvement in its affairs for a whopping $4 billion. Your argument is ludicrously invalid.

UPDATE–4:26 p.m. ET: Lucas released a statement apologizing for his remarks:

“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize. 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. 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. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of [J.J. Abrams] and [Kathleen Kennedy].”

[h/t The New York Times]
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