Of all the director names that were pitched into the proverbial hat, not to mention the countless impassioned lists of dream scenarios that littered the Internet upon Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, few would have imagined a scenario in which George Lucas would return to one day helm a Star Wars film – and that won’t be changing anytime soon.
After putting some distance between himself and the space opera he helped create – a distance to the tune of $4 billion dollars, no less – Lucas himself has admitted he is effectively finished with the Star Wars franchise, and won’t be directing another installment in the future because they’re “not much fun.” After six films and countless edits, it would appear the filmmaker is weary of that fabled galaxy far, far away.
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Speaking with Vanity Fair, Lucas drew attention to the stifling creative control that was purportedly exerted during his time at the helm, which left little-to-no leeway for experimentation.
“You go to make a movie, and all you do is get criticized, and people try and make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it,” he said. “It’s not much fun, and you can’t experiment. You can’t do anything. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that, and I never did. I started out in experimental films and I want to go back to experimental films, but of course, nobody wants to see experimental films.”
For the remainder of his career, George Lucas plans to branch out some more to experiment with indie films, meaning his blockbuster days are effectively behind him. But make no mistake, Disney’s rejuvenated juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down; just recently, the House of Mouse referred to the Star Wars IP as the “forever franchise.” And it’s one that will be returning with The Force Awakens in exactly one month’s time.