George Lucas says he sold Star Wars to ‘white slavers’

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George Lucas sat down this week with Charlie Rose to discuss his true feelings about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and his thoughts about Disney’s take on his beloved classic.

Lucas tells Rose he was against making the new movie “for the fans” and that he sold Lucasfilm to “white slavers,” referring to Disney.

It has been reported that Lucas admitted to liking the movie after viewing it during the premiere.

When Disney purchased his company for $4 billion in 2012, Lucas said he had his own ideas for episode VII.

“They looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,'” Lucas said. “I said, ‘All I want to do is tell a story’… They decided they didn’t want to use those [my] stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — 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. All I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'”

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It has been very hard for Lucas to let go of the franchise he created.

“It’s a very, very, very hard thing to do,” Lucas said about letting go of the franchise, and another Lucasfilm property, “Indiana Jones.” “You have to say, ‘I have to move on,’ and everything in your body says, ‘Don’t. You can’t.’ These are my kids.”

Rose countered, “Those were your kids … and you sold them.”

“I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and, and …” Lucas then stopped himself and laughed.

Lucas admits that selling his franchise came down to age.

“There are three more stories,” Lucas told Rose, referring to episodes “VII,” “VIII,” and “IX.”

“To do it right would be 10 years, and I said, ‘I’m 70 — I don’t know whether I’ll be here when I’m 80,’ every 10 years the odds get less, and I want to do [other films], so I have to make the decision on my own that it’s time for me to move on.”

Here’s a clip from the interview:

Written by Jeff Springer

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