The plot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still shrouded in mystery, but we do know that its story, as well as the overarching narrative for the new trilogy, is far from what franchise creator George Lucas had envisioned. The Force Awakens is the first core Star Wars film that Lucas has no hand in producing.
In a recent interview with CBS News, Lucas explained that the Star Wars saga, as he imagined it, is basically a soap opera. Disney listened to Lucas' ideas, but decided to take the franchise to a different direction
"The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas said. "I said, 'All I wanted to do was tell a story of what happened--it started here and it went there. It's all about generations and the issues of fathers and sons and grandfathers.'"
"It's a family soap opera," he added. "People don't realize it's actually a soap opera and it's all about family problems--it's not about spaceships. So they decided they didn't want to use those stories; they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, 'Fine.'"
"But basically, they weren't that keen to have me involved anyway," he said. "But at the same time, I said, 'If I get in there I'm just going to cause trouble, because they're not going to do what I wanted them to do.' And I don't have the control to do that anymore and all I would do is muck everything up."
"So I said, 'OK, I will go my way and I let them go their way.'"
He went on to compare his departure from his epic franchise to a break-up:
"When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don't go over to their house and drive by to see what they're doing. The third one is you don't show up at their coffee shop and say you are going to burn it... You just say, 'Nope, gone, history, I'm moving forward.'"
The full interview of CBS News with George Lucas will air on CBS This Morning in December. So what do you think about Lucas' comments? Do you think the new Star Wars trilogy would be better or worse if he had control of it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on Dec. 18.