Feeling envious because the rich and powerful might see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before you do? Don’t feel so bad – George Lucas hasn’t seen it either. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Lucas admitted that Disney hasn’t screened the movie for him. In fact, the Star Wars fanbase is one up on him, since he hasn’t even seen a “single frame” of the movie, which would include the never-ending parade of teasers, trailers, and “now with one second of new footage!” TV commercials hitting the Internet.
Since Lucas hasn’t set a virtual foot online in fifteen years, he’s missed all the raging fan debates about the upcoming movie, including the frame-by-frame breakdowns and wild theories. Still, you’d think that Disney would want to let him in on the finished product before launching it out of the gate. After all, he created the franchise, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s expected to bring in $2.7 billion and introduce the galaxy far, far away to a new generation. What others would see as a slight, Lucas sees as the natural progression of a break-up. He revealed to CBS’ Charlie Rose that, in essence, he’s divorced from Star Wars:
“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.”
He’s entitled to that analogy, seeing as Disney had no interest in his story ideas for the new movies, essentially ending any notion of shared custody after paying him $4 billion for the franchise and potential movie treatments in 2012. After they said “no thanks” to his plot ideas, he sat back, letting Disney and director J.J. Abrams do their own thing. He still has opinions about the fictional world he’s brought to life, however. Despite a legendary reputation for tinkering with the special effects long after the movies have been released, Lucas sees Star Wars as a story about people.
“There’s more to it than just spaceships,” he told Vanity Fair a few weeks ago. But Disney doesn’t see it that way, and has reportedly aimed to create something suited to the fans’ taste – which means more flash, more sizzle, and, knowing Abrams’ history with Star Trek, more lens flares.
Lucas does expect to see a screening in his home’s private theater before the movie’s official December 18 release, perhaps with Abrams at his side. He’s also been a good sport with promotional interviews for the movie, comparing the event with awkwardly meeting an ex-spouse at their kid’s wedding.
Don’t worry, George. No matter how the movie turns out, you’ll always be our favorite parent.