George Lucas got paid $4 billion by Disney for Lucasfilms that included the rights to Star Wars. Of course everyone was on the side lines was waiting to hear what George Lucas would have to say about the first Star Wars Movie created under that Disney umbrella and it seemed like they weren’t waiting in vain. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas used and analogy of “selling his children to White Slavers” to describe the Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience. I wasn’t really shocked in one sense. With $4 billion Lucas can say what he wants, it’s not like he has to go to work tomorrow, or ever again. As the news of his comments went around the Internet, the eventual back peddling has begun.
You can see Lucas realize what he just said during the interview, but he just laughed it off, hoping that would be the end of what was really a poor choice of words. Now that the remark has gotten such negative attention, Lucas released this statement to clarify his thoughts, and apologize to those offended.
I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.
I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. 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 JJ and Kathy. – George Lucas
What do you think of his remarks? One can imagine that even with that $4 billion dollar payday that turning over control of what is basically your life’s work would be a hard transition. Add in the rumors, and Lucas’ statements about not being involved or consulted in the production, and the very human feeling of rejection when Disney and J.J. Abrams did not use any of the writing Lucas had for new Star Wars movies and you have a very human reaction with a very poor analogy.
Fans should let this one go. It’s not something that we should continue to beat Lucas to death with… we’ve got the prequels for that.
Via: The Wrap