Whether you’re obsessed with Kylo Ren petulance, are spending sleepless nights going over the actual cost of maintenance of the Starkiller, or simply just coming down from the hype high, you are probably reaching the same conclusion as everyone else: Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be a fun movie, but it’s far from perfect. George Lucas recently threw his hat into the ring, when he was asked about his opinion on Episode VII, and according to the grandpappy of the Force, it’s not all good.
In a recent interview with Charlie Rose (via IndieWire), Lucas said that in the case of The Force Awakens, Disney, “wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new.”
That stands to reason, especially when you consider that The Force Awakens did not introduce any new tech or concepts into the existing Star Wars Universe, besides the arguably least functional lightsaber ever created (second only to the infamous saber-nunchucks of the Expanded Universe days). Some fans go on to argue that Episode VII is the closest thing to a shot-by-shot retelling of A New Hope (an opinion which has some ground, but maybe considered extremely rough), while others even go as far as to claim that this was done with the sole purpose of shamelessly promoting the existing merchandise.
A thing which has never happened before in the history of the franchise ever.
George Lucas went on to say that he had nothing to do with the creation of the most expensive piece of fanfiction ever created. “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,” Lucas explained. “And so I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'”
Most of you will simply take him for another salty nerd and dismiss his opinions, but we at NerdBastards pretty much did the same, until George Lucas made the oh-so-rare appeal to originality. “You just can’t go out and do spaceships,” Lucas said. “Of course, the only way you could really do that [make money] is not take chances. Only do something that’s proven. You gotta remember, Star Wars came from nowhere.
Suffice it so say, this bit hit us where we live: all things nerd are works of originality (or at least rehashes with uniquely interesting spins). We won’t settle for a rehash of what we’ve always known and will instead look for new and interesting ways to expand upon the things we love, taking some time off to mock the hell out of them when they get too stale for our tastes. So what do you think? Is Lucas’ complaint valid? Will TFA bring in a new era or simply become a billion-dollar box office version of “My Immortal”? Let us know in the comments!
P.S: It seems that, in his anger, Mr. Lucas called the people over at Disney a particularly creative name: “I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and [laughs]…”
Thankfully, he stopped himself before he got himself into further trouble.
Source: Cosmic Book News