Photo Credit: George Lucas Episode II Bonus Disc Documentary
George Lucas hocked the world when sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. At the time, fans thought they’d never again see a live-action Star Wars film. However, with the release of the deal, fans were filled with hope, excitement, and joy. The possibilities were nearly endless. One question was why Lucas decided to give control of his life’s work, his legacy, to another company.
In Paul Duncan’s new book, The StarWars Archives Eps I-III, more in-depth reasons for Lucas’ decision to sell Lucasfilm are revealed Read all about it down below.
“I’d still be working on Episode IXI in 2012 I was 69. So the question was am I going to keep doing this the rest of my life? Do I want to go through this again? Finally, I decided I’d rather raise my daughter and enjoy life for a while. I could have not sold LucasFilm and gotten somebody to run the productions, but that isn’t retiring. On The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi I tried to stay out of the way, but I couldn’t. I was there every day. Even though the people were friends of mine and they did great work, it wasn’t the same as me doing it; it was like being once removed, I knew that probably wouldn’t work again, that I’d be frustrated. I’m one of those micromanager guys, and I can’t help it.”
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“So I figured I would forgo that, enjoy what I had, and I was looking forward to raising my daughter. Also, I wanted to build a museum, which I’d always wanted to do, so I was thinking, ‘If I don’t do this now, I’ll never get that done.’ I’ve spent my life creating Star Wars – 40 years- and giving it up was very, very, painful. But it was the right thing to do. I thought I was going to have a little bit more to say about the next three because I’d already started them, but they decided they wanted to do something else. Things don’t always work out the way you want. Life is like that.”
I’ve said before that George Lucas should have had it in writing that the next three films he would have the final say on. Let Disney produce, distribute, and all that. But Lucas should have negotiated that the story he started 40 years earlier, he would be able to finish and see his vision through. And then after that Disney could have done whatever they wanted. It may seem like a big ask. However, Lucas had what was probably the ultimate bargaining chip as far as film franchises, as well as the merchandise. And I think Disney would have agreed.
Would Lucas’s sequel trilogy have been better than Disney’s? That’s difficult to assess, but in my bias opinion, yes. And even if it wasn’t, well, as I said above, at least Lucas would have finished his saga, why that’s important to me, I’m not sure, but it is.
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