The creator of Star Wars says Disney didn’t want him involved in The Force Awakens.
George Lucas, who wrote the screenplays for Episodes I-VI in the current film franchise, tells CBS This Morning that the studio weren’t interested in his ideas.
‘They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were gonna go do their own thing,’ George says. ‘They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway. 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. 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”.’
Clearly, George has no hard feelings towards Disney, and he was very careful to not try to overshadow the work of JJ Abrams, the director hired for The Force Awakens.
‘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,’ Lucas said. ‘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 new film will see the return of his characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, but now a new Sith Lord, Kylo Ren, wants to finish what Darth Vader and so the vintage heroes team up with young guns Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to save the galaxy, again.