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George Lucas Says His Ideas Were Thrown Out, Disney Like Bad Break-Up

George Lucas says you won't see him direct another 'Star Wars' film and compares his relationship with Disney to a bad break-up.

Talking to Vanity Fair, Lucas, who sold Lucasfilm to Disney for over $4 billion, says the company didn't want anything to do with his ideas for Episode VII after the deal.

"The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" he says. "People don't actually 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.'"

"They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway," he admits. "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 want them to do. And I don't have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. So I said, 'Okay, I will go my way, and I'll let them go their way.'"

"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 fact is it must hurt Lucas to no longer have control over his creation. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director JJ Abrams has said that he took elements from Lucas' ideas.

"Before I showed up, it was already something that Disney had decided they wanted to go a different way with," he says. "But the spirit of what he wrote, both in those pages and prior, is everything that this movie is built upon."

However, we may never know how much of that is lip service to keep Lucas' fans happy compared to the reality.

November 23, 2015 |

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