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George Lucas Disney "White Slavers" comment


Political Irish
Dec 29, 2015
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[font=ProximaNova-Regular, verdana, arial, sans-serif]He's since apologised for saying this...but having recently seen the uninspired remake dressed up as "new" from the Dark Lords of Disney and Jar Jar Abrams I think he got his comment right first time. No need to apologise George  green-happy.gif :[/font]
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George Lucas has criticized the latest installment of “Star Wars,” the series he created, in an interview with Charlie Rose, describing the film as too “retro” for his taste and jokingly comparing the Walt Disney Company, which bought the rights to the franchise in 2012, to “white slavers” who had bought his children.

At one point he said that filmmakers in the Soviet Union had more freedom than their counterparts in Hollywood, who, he maintained, “have to adhere to a very narrow line of commercialism.”

Mr. Lucas appeared particularly unhappy with the direction the “Star Wars” franchise has taken since he sold the rights to it, along with Lucasfilm, his company, to Disney for $4 billion. He compared the sale to a breakup and a divorce.

“These are my kids. All the Star Wars films,” he said. “I love them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them.”

He added, trailing off with a laugh: “And I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and. …”

Mr. Lucas said that he decided to sell his company in part because his filmmaking interests had changed and that the more experimental movies he wanted to make would not be financially successful enough to ensure the health of the company and the well-being of its employees.

Still, he said he had begun working on another “Star Wars” film before the sale, including preparing story treatments and “working with a writer.” But, he said, Disney was not “that keen to have me involved.”

“They decided they didn’t want to use those stories,” he said. “They decided they were going to do their own thing. So I decided, ‘Fine.’ ”

The film that Disney made, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since its release on Dec. 18 and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

But not from Mr. Lucas. On Mr. Rose’s show, he criticized the producers and writers of the latest film for emphasizing familiar elements of his previous work — some of which he said had issues — over innovation and storytelling of their own.
Just to take this onto a broader point rather than making this yet another Star Wars thread if you watch the video interview I think his comments about the state of the film industry are spot on. He confirms executives literally have no interest in making anything new anything new -sounds about right. 
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Every other "new" film coming out now seems to be same generic action film and its just a choice of whether you want that film to feature super heroes, sci-fi or grunting American special forces. 

I'm sure Lucas will always draw some criticism from some for a variety of reasons but I wish personally wish him all the best. As he points out he's 71 years old now and if he wants to spend his remaining years just enjoying life and making experimental films good for him  happy.gif .[/font]