George Lucas still thinks of the “Star Wars” movies as his children, even though he quipped that they now belong to “white slavers” at Disney.
In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas got nostalgic as he talked about launching the blockbuster franchise. “I loved them, I created them, I am very intimately involved in them.”
Lucas said he had planned to write and direct more films in the series but decided against it because he expected it would take another ten years to get it right and he has other things he wants to accomplish in life.
“We were working with a writer [on another ‘Star Wars’ movie] — it wasn’t quite working out,” he said.
As Rose interjected that Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney in 2012, for $4 billion, Lucas joked: “I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and…” Lucas trailed off with a laugh and didn’t finish his sentence.
Lucas says he ultimately decided it would be best if let Disney enact its vision for the franchise and move on.
“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 do that anymore, and all it would do is muck everything up.'” Lucas said, comparing parting ways with the series to a romantic break up. “You have to put it behind you, and it’s a very, very hard thing to do. But you have to just cut it all off and say, ‘OK, end of all game. I’ve got to move on.'”
Although Lucas also says that Disney wasn’t “that keen to have me involved anyway.”
“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” Lucas said, explaining that he would’ve taken “The Force Awakens” in a different direction than J.J. Abrams did. “Every movie, I worked very hard to make them different. I made them completely different–different planets, different spaceships to make it new.”