After his "white slavers" remark went viral this week, George Lucas has come forward with a statement to clarify his remarks.
In a statement released on Thursday, Lucas explained:
“I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of J.J. [Abrams, The Force Awakens director] and Kathy [Kennedy, Lucasfilm president and Star Wars brand manager].”
He also added that he has a "great respect for the company" as well as "Bob Iger's leadership."
"Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise," he said.
Father of the beloved Star Wars franchise, George Lucas, sold Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars to Disney back in 2012 for a whopping $4 billion, but based on his comments in a recent interview he may be regretting that choice.
With the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the first Disney controlled installment of the series — it’s clear that Disney is taking a different direction with the films which Lucas isn’t totally on board with.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas spoke about the deal and in the midst of getting riled up, compared Disney to slave-owners.
He referred to the Star Wars films as his “kids.” He said he loved and created them and has always been very involved in their transition from scripts on paper to the big screen, but Disney didn’t really want the overprotective father hovering over their shoulder, so Lucas considers the deal his “breakup” with Lucasfilm.
“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,” he said in the interview, before deciding not to finish the sentence.
“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. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Lucas noted that although he has some issues with the direction Disney has taken, it was a very conscious and thought out decision to sell the franchise.
There are three more installments that will likely extend over the next 10 years or longer and at 70 years old, he decided to shift his energy to other things as he may not even live to see the last film.
One thing's for sure, it's probably for the best that Lucas didn't complete his "white slavers" rant although the public now knows how he truly feels about the new adopted parents of his "kids."
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