Over 100 million viewers eagerly checked out the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it was unveiled at the end of last month, putting it well on its way to becoming the most-viewed trailer of all time. Still, there are some who have yet to witness the glory of the triple-bladed lightsaber – including, believe it or not, Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The surprising revelation came out when Lucas was recently interviewed by the New York Post‘s Page Six. When asked what his thoughts were on the new trailer, Lucas responded:
“I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.”
Now, we have to keep in mind that watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens come together must be a weird experience for Lucas. He sold Lucasfilm to Disney, along with rights to Star Wars, for $4 billion back in October of 2012. And though it was rumored that he was serving as some sort of creative consultant on The Force Awakens, the franchise is out of his hands at this point.
Lucas followed up his comments with a clarification, stating:
“Because it’s not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there. I plan to see it when it’s released.”
Whether or not Lucas is telling the truth about that is honestly a matter of opinion at this point. Consider his options. If he’d said that he had seen the trailer, Page Six would have pushed further, asking his thoughts on it. Then, the creator would have been in a bit of a bind, forced to either wax biblical about the preview or admit a lack of confidence in the franchise’s new direction. Perhaps simply sidestepping the question was the smartest choice for him.
Anyway, it appears Lucas will right there with us on December 18, 2015, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters, to see whether Disney has succeeded in its efforts to resuscitate the beloved sci-fi franchise.