George Lucas Is Not Impressed With ‘The Force Awakens’

'I loved them, I created them'
By Jim Liao
Jim Liao
Jim Liao
December 31, 2015 Updated: January 2, 2016

It has been over two weeks since Disney’s “The Force Awakens” premiered.

Reviews of the film have been mixed, but the film has generally been viewed as a success. Imdb currently has the film rated at 8.6 stars out of 10.

Recently, per Rolling Stone, George Lucas also had a moment to sit down with Charlie Rose for a candid interview discussing the current film, as well as the franchise’s past legacy.

In the article, Lucas echoed the sentiments of many reviewers who criticized the film as derivative.

George Lucas speaks onstage at Tribeca Talks in New York City earlier in 2015. (Getty Images)
George Lucas speaks onstage at Tribeca Talks in New York City earlier in 2015. (Getty Images)

“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. Every movie, I worked very hard to make them different,” said Lucas. “I made them completely different – different planets, different spaceships to make it new.”

As  for the production for the film, Lucas added that he was essentially not involved. 

“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,” he said. “And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way and let them go their way.'”

Therefore, the sequels Lucas said he had planned for the original trilogy were not able to be adopted.

As to how this feels, Lucas made a striking analogy.

Lucas joked, “These are my kids. I loved them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved with them and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things…” Lucas didn’t finish the analogy and laughed it off.

As it stands, the film has been massively successful, generating a box office gross of $1.2 billion—good for ninth all time.

Jim Liao