George Lucas is hastily retreating from many of his negative statements made recently on the Charlie Rose show, especially in light of the outrage they have been garnering on the internet and how it reflects his relationship with Disney. The statement in question had Lucas speaking about the production of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ and how he felt selling the franchise to Disney was akin to selling his children to “white slavers,” which in these charged racial times, is definitely taking things a step too far. Most people are guessing Lucas was simply bitter about being cut out of the creative process (apparently Disney threw out his ideas of Episode VII, wanting to go with their own ideas) and Lucas feels the new movie is too “retro,” and not taking as many chances as the 6 films that he made.
Check out the full apology below:
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“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 JJ and Kathy.”
While it was very big of Lucas to apologize for profusely, he definitely needs to reign in his thoughts on the matter, after all, he did make over 4 billion on the deal with Disney, and he was not forced to do anything. I understand his attachment to the franchise, but it is abundantly clear that Disney and JJ Abrams felt very passionate about this film, and did everything in their power to deliver a movie that fans would love, which most agree they accomplished.
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