George Lucas Disappointed The Force Awakens Didn’t Have Anything New

I remember being in the theater December 18, 2015 and after standing in line for four hours in twenty-degree weather enjoying the first 1o minutes or so of The Force Awakens. I enjoyed the film as a whole well enough, but the opening is some of my favorite Star Wars moments of any of the saga films. It was full of, to quote Leia Organa, “hope.”

Luke was missing, we were going to find him, he was going to be awesome and all would be well. That wasn’t really the case and while I don’t think the film is A New Hope 2.0, in my opinion, it did borrow a lot from the franchises first film. It appears Star Wars creator George Lucas had similar issues with the film, the following is an excerpt from Disney CEO Bob Iger’s memoirs.

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“Just prior to the global release, Kathy screened The Force Awakens for George. He didn’t hide his disappointment. ‘There’s nothing new,’ he said. 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. In this one, he said, ‘There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.'”

Iger continued:

“He wasn’t wrong, but he also wasn’t appreciating the pressure we were under to give ardent fans a film that felt quintessentially Star Wars. We’d intentionally created a world that was visually and tonally connected to the earlier films, to not stray too far from what people loved and expected, and George was criticizing us for the very thing we were trying to do. Looking back with the perspective of several years and a few more Star Wars films, I believe J.J. achieved the near-impossible, creating a perfect bridge between what had been and what was to come.”

George should have had a clause where he was able to finish his story before Disney fully took over, it’s not like he was hurting for some cash, he didn’t have to sell the franchise. It seems like something could have been worked out.

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