A lot has been made recently of George Lucas' move away from Star Wars. Even the director himself has likened it to a marriage ending. Well now the legendary director is talking about attending his ex-wife's wedding and being on his best behaviour. What he means is he will be at the premier for The Force Awakens, and he'll play nice. Oh and he has seen The Force Awakens and really liked it...
The Hollywood Reporter has a piece about George and his ever so complicated relationship with New Star Wars. You can read that in full here but I've dropped a coupl of snippets below.
On how he felt when the new owners of Star Wars moved away from his original sequel ideas:
Kathleen Kennedy spoke about watching George remove himself from the process.
Look, it'd be easy to say, "George, I'll give four billion reasons why it should be easy to walk away from Star Wars!" but the fact is its the man's life's work. It must be incredibly difficult for him to leave ideas on the table, but something tells me that as Star Wars fans, we probably wouldn't have liked those ideas. It's true that Star Wars is for kids, we all fell in love with it as kids, but we grew with it. George would be forever making films aimed at eight year old boys, but I'm getting the impression that The Force Awakens might be for us adults as much as kids. Look, here's the thing; children will always have the opportunity to access Star Wars through the prequels and the original trilogy. Then as they grow they can enjoy more mature themes and content in films made for grown up Star Wars fans. It's a mechanic that worked for the Harry Potter franchise. Let the movies grow in time with the audience. That will keep Star Wars 'evergreen', and that's why the prequels get such hatred from fans. It's not because they're terrible films, because they're not. They have their issues, but it's because they skew so young. Star Wars can exist on many levels, with Star Wars Rebels for younglings and Rogue One for a more mature audience and everything in between. Geirge never considered his audience as growing with his films, he seemed to assume they'd outgrow it. In a way, he underestimated the appeal and longevity of his franchise.
Also in the piece is the news that George has now seen the final cut of The Force Awakens and "he really liked it." Is that George being on his best behaviour, or does he really approve? I guess we will never know.
The Force Awakens hits UK cinemas on 17th December.
Thank you for reading,