Magazine article Screen International

George Lucas: 'I Sold Star Wars to 'White Slavers''

Magazine article Screen International

George Lucas: 'I Sold Star Wars to 'White Slavers''

Article excerpt

"These are my kids... all the Star Wars films," Lucas told US TV interviewer Charlie Rose of the beloved series he launched in 1977. "I loved them, I created them, I am very intimately involved in them."

When Rose interjected that Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise for $4bn [to Disney in 2012], the latter replied: "I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and..." before laughing and leaving the sentence unfinished.

Lucas explained how he had intended to write and direct another three films in the series but decided not to do so because he expected it would take another ten years to get it right and he had other things he wanted to accomplish.

"I'm 70. I don't know whether I'll be here when I'm 80 - every ten years the odds get less - and so I said I'm not ready to do that because I want to do these other things, so I have to make the decision on my own that it's time to move on.

"So it wasn't like they were taken away from me ... and they felt they knew... they wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that. Every movie, I worked very hard to make them different. I made them completely different with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new. …

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