Disney boss admitted that George Lucas felt betrayed by Disney cherry picking what to keep as cannon in Star Wars. Yet fans blame him.
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, wrote a memoir called, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. In the memoir Bog Igor discusses Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars property and how George Lucas ultimately felt “betrayed” with the way they took the franchise into a completely new direction.
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Included in the billion dollar purchase was Lucas’s plot outline for a new trilogy, but Disney cherry picked what they wanted to keep and discarded the rest. The Force Awakens is very loosely based on Lucas’s ideas. The film maker felt betrayed by Disney.
Lucas previously revealed the direction his sequel trilogy would have taken in an interview with Alita: Battle Angel producer, James Cameron, stating that Episode VII would have seen Luke Skywalker train up a new Jedi, named Kira, on a secluded planet. The movies would have also given us a closer look at the midi-chlorians, the microscopic life forms described as living everywhere and within everyone during the prequel movie Phantom Menace.
George Lucas called a cry baby
It seems that the majority of fans are not sympathising with the Star Wars creator. A post appeared on Movies sub-Reddit which consisted mostly of insults directed at George Lucas. “Ugh, I’ve heard enough from this cry baby already. I’m glad he sold Star Wars to Disney, they were the ones who saved it,” wrote one user.
One user called Lucas out for his hypocrisy, “sells Star Wars because of critics, becomes Star Wars critic.” But the vast majority of criticism seemed to claim that Lucas was merely crying in his ivory tower after receiving a 4 something billion dollar payout for Star Wars.
But the truth is that George Lucas donated the entire amount that he sold the franchise for to a charity, making him the biggest giver ever.
“I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education,” Lucas wrote in his pledge letter. “It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future — and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt — as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.”
George Lucas is a straight white male
While some of the comments contained fair criticisms, claiming that Lucas had nobody to blame but himself for this, others seemed a little personal. Not only was the film maker ripped apart for the way he handled the prequel trilogy but some rejoiced that the Star Wars franchise was no longer in the hands of a straight white male.
The new trilogy has received positive feedback for its inclusivity. The Force Awaken starred a woman and a person of colour as the leads. Rey, played by Daisy Riddley, became the new face of the franchise.
Then, in The Last Jedi, we got to see women take over and fix the mistakes made by the male characters as well as an all female fleet. This was something new and exciting introduced in the new trilogy and a first for the Star Wars universe. So, it is understandable why so many people are happy that the franchise is in new hands.
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