To say “Star Wars” fans have a love/hate relationship with the series’ creator, George Lucas, is to state the obvious.
Heck, they made an entire film on the subject – “The People vs. George Lucas.”
Fans critical of Lucas’ incessant tinkering on his six “Star Wars” films should be comforted by the fact that Lucas has heard you. He’s just not taking your comments seriously.
Lucas, on the promotional circuit to draw attention to his latest project, the World War II film “Red Tails,” says “Star Wars” fans can only blame themselves for ending the franchise.
On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” Lucas tells the New York Times in a new profile, referring to YouTube fans who have re-cut his films in retaliation for the small changes he has made. “I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.'”
Combine that experience with the cool reception the three “Star Wars” prequel films received in the late 90s and early 2000s, and Lucas says he’s done making new films in the canon.
“Why would I make any more,” Lucas says, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?
Of course, that isn’t stopping Lucas from continuing the “Clone Wars” animated series or starting a live-action “Star Wars” television show. Who knows? We might even get another “Star Wars” holiday special some day.