Breaking Up with Star Wars

The new Star Wars movie is coming out next month, and the hype is intense. In the wake of all this excitement stands a very bitter George Lucas, who has announced that he is “done” with Star Wars. Many creative people wish they had the problem of selling their brainchild to Disney for billions of dollars, then no longer having any control over it or any rights to it. Seems like Lucas should just be happy with his money and stop whining.

I understand where he’s coming from, though. In this article, Lucas says that Star Wars is “actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems – it’s not about spaceships.” Others involved wanted to take the franchise in a direction opposite from Lucas’s vision, so he let them do that. From the standpoint of a creative person, it is awful to give up your magnum opus and watch it become something you never intended.

Yes, George Lucas has tons of haters who think that he destroyed the series by creating Episodes 1, 2, and 3, which were supposedly horrible. I was 10 years old when Episode 1 came out, and it was my first Star Wars movie. Once I had seen all the movies in the series, I ended up liking the prequels more than the originals (probably because I didn’t grow up with the originals). So I’m not one of the haters, but I do understand that once you put your work in the public eye and it becomes as insanely popular as Star Wars is, it becomes less yours and more the world’s. People become emotionally attached to it, and they project their own ideas onto it. Perhaps George Lucas did not take that into account when he made those remarks about someone else “doing their own thing” with his work. After a lifetime of creating and being immersed in your own universe, it must be easy to forget that it technically isn’t your own after you’ve given it away.

But the haters forget that if it wasn’t for Lucas, they wouldn’t have any Star Wars at all.

One thought on “Breaking Up with Star Wars

  1. I like a lot of things about the prequels (and the original trilogy aren’t perfect either). Whatever. It’s not my cultural obsession — the real hard core are all younger than I am.

    Han shot first, by the way. 🙂

    Anyway, I don’t want to hear any whining from Lucas. He made the choice, and he got well paid for the decision he made. The guys who created Superman got pretty much nothing, as I talked about on my blog: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=3072. Jack Kirby co-created a lot of what Marvel is basing their movie empire(s) on, and he never owned any of it. And so on and so on.

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