30 Dec 2015 7:02 PM +00:00 UTC

George Lucas Says He Sold Star Wars To "White Slavers", Elaborates His Opinion On The Force Awakens

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Star Wars franchise creator George Lucas sat down for a nearly hour-long interview with Charlie Rose, and during the exchange, he compares Disney to "white slavers" when talking about his intended legacy and how he was developing a new Star Wars film of his own before he sold Lucasfilm. Earlier this month, he shared his opinion about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but in this interview, he also elaborated his thoughts about the film.

You can watch the interview below:


"They looked at the stories, and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans'....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. And so I said, 'Okay, I will go my way, and I'll let them go their way.'"

"They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new."

"I've been fascinated with the true nature of the medium — it's been used more as a recording medium, than as a art form unto itself," Lucas elaborated. "...they call them tone poems — in the beginning in Russia, this was a whole movement of: how do you tell visual stories, basically without dialogue, without all the things you use to tell a story, and you just use the film itself. It's kind of esoteric, it hasn't come much further in one hundred years. I'm going to try and take it into something that is more emotionally powerful than most of the stuff we've done up to this point."

So what do you think about Lucas' thoughts? Did you think his "white slavers" comment was meant jokingly? Lucas previously said that The Force Awakens strayed from his original vision. You can also watch Lucas go "Thug Life" in this funny video.

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