It was only a matter of time before George Lucas allowed the anger and jealously of J.J. Abrams’ extremely-awesome take on Star Wars to burst forth for all the world to see. That moment came when Lucas, who was paid $4 billion dollars by Disney, called the company a bunch of “white slavers.”
Variety reported Wednesday:
Lucas, who has always been protective of his series and even refers to them as his “kids,” hasn’t been looking back well on the deal with Disney (via Collider).
“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,” Lucas said before laughing and deciding it better not to finish.
The father of “Star Wars” also opened up about why he and Disney were split on their decisions for the franchise’s future.
“They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” Lucas said. “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,” he said. “And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Lucas apologized when some lawyers from Disney started screaming in his ear, but the damage is already done. He showed his hand.
Here is the truth: George Lucas — the guy who has a “ranch” that we might as well call Skywalker Plantation — is much more of a “white slaver” than Disney will ever be.
George Lucas surrounded himself with yes-men and created his own fiefdom, where computer experts were holed up inside dark rooms for years to make monstrosities like Jar Jar Binks. Men who might as well be called indentured servants toiled away so finicky Lucas could barge in and criticize their hard work.
Note: Watch the behind-the-scenes specials on the prequels to see how people cower in fear when Lucas comes around. Watch as otherwise-talented men bow down and submit to Lucas’ stupidity because he somehow managed to bring the original trilogy into existence.
Speaking of the Star Wars movies, let’s rate them:
Episode I: Horrible. Lucas called it “bold.” It’s also “bold” to take a bowel movement in the middle of Times Square, but it’s still unacceptable.
Episode II: Horrible.
Episode III:Barely passable. Lucas must have received help with the script. Someone intervened behind the scenes. There is no doubt.
Episode IV: Classic. Young George Lucas, saddled with setbacks, takes part in a truly collaborative project and creates a winner.
Episode V: Great movie. Note that it was directed by Irvin Kershner with a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.
Episode VI: Good movie, but shaky. We see the divisions between “white slaver” Lucas and writer Kasdan on full display.
Episode VII: Bravo. J.J. Abrams and Kasdan begin to “make things right.” A return to form.
Notice how ungrateful George Lucas, after taking $4 billion dollars, turns his nose at the idea of giving fans what they want.
Lucas is still steaming all these years later because he tried to shove half-baked prequels down the world’s throat and the feedback was, “It looks like someone has isolated himself on Skywalker Ranch for far too long…”
The kicker, not picked up by most media outlets, comes when the guy who sells merchandise like Watto sneered at American capitalism. He then had the gall to say he cares more about the craft of writing than Hollywood.
“Whenever there is a new tool, everybody goes crazy and they forget the fact that there is actually a story and that’s the point. You’re telling a story using tools. You’re not using tools to tell a story. You understand that? The other thing that got abused [after Star Wars came out], naturally in a capitalist society, especially with an American point of view, is the studios and everything said, ‘Well, wow! We can make a lot of money.”
I almost feel sorry for George Lucas. What a pathetic attempt to revise history.
When rational human beings think of a Top 10 list of movies where a director allowed story to suffer as he got lost in his desire to fool around with new technology, the prequels will always make the list.
I honestly did not want to rehash the prequels, but since George Lucas has the nerve to accept a $4 billion dollar check and then call the guys who wrote it “white slavers,” then his ego needs to be chopped down like the losing party in a lightsaber fight.
Make sure to catch the part of Red Letter Media’s review where they cover Lucas’ private screening of The Phantom Menace. It is incredibly telling.