George Lucas has let his displeasure with the “Star Wars” movies since he bought that and Lucasfilm to Disney. Now, Bob Iger has revealed extra particulars about how the filmmaker felt “betrayed” by Lucasfilm’s artistic selections.
In his new memoir, “The Ride of a Lifetime,” Iger talks a couple of very tense assembly held between him, Lucas, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screenwriters J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt not lengthy after the “Star Wars” creator bought his firm to Disney for $four billion. Lucas had ready story remedies for the trilogy that, as he defined on James Cameron’s “Story of Science Fiction,” would have seen a grizzled Luke Skywalker practice a Jedi Padawan named Kira and delved deeper into the notorious Midichlorians launched in ‘The Phantom Menace.’
“There’s a whole aspect to that movie that is about symbiotic relationships. To make you look and see that we aren’t the boss. That there’s an ecosystem,” Lucas advised Cameron.
“[The subsequent three Star Wars movies] have been going to get right into a microbiotic world. But there’s this world of creatures that function in another way than we do. I name them the Whills. And the Whills are those who truly management the universe. They feed off the Force.”
But at Iger and Lucas’ assembly at Skywalker Ranch, Lucas was upset when he was advised that Abrams and Arndt wouldn’t be utilizing his therapy and could be creating their very own story.
“George knew we weren’t contractually bound to anything, but he thought that our buying the story treatments was a tacit promise that we’d follow them, and he was disappointed that his story was being discarded,” Iger wrote.
“I’d been so careful since our first conversation not to mislead him in any way, and I didn’t think I had now, but I could have handled it better. I should have prepared him for the meeting with J.J. and Michael and told him about our conversations, that we felt it was better to go in another direction. I could have talked through this with him and possibly avoided angering him by not surprising him.”
“Now, in the first meeting with him about the future of Star Wars, George felt betrayed, and while this whole process would never have been easy for him, we’d gotten off to an unnecessarily rocky start.”
Lucas’ frustration with Disney’s dealing with of “Star Wars” has been recognized for a while. He spoke about their resolution to not use his remedies in a Charlie Rose interview carried out simply weeks after “The Force Awakens’ was released in December 2015, saying that he sold his series to “white slavers” earlier than stopping himself and giving a extra diplomatic rationalization.
“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,” Lucas stated. “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’ll let them go their way.’”
And finally, Lucas didn’t like the best way Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy went. While Lucas attended the Hollywood premiere of “The Force Awakens,” he advised Kennedy and Iger at a personal screening days earlier than that he didn’t just like the movie as a result of there was “nothing new.”
“In each of the films in the original trilogy, it was important to him to present new worlds, new stories, new characters, and new technologies,” Iger wrote. “In this one, he said, ‘There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.’”
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