George Lucas: Star Wars Is a ‘Soap Opera’ About ‘Family Problems,’ Not ‘Spaceships’


WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — George Lucas has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and has given this thoughts on the latest entry in the series.

Lucas who was being honored for his lifetime achievements in arts and culture at the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday, shared on the red carpet his opinion on the first Star Wars film made without his involvement.

“I think the fans are going to love it,” he told Vulture. “It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”

The comments fall in line with what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently said of Lucas’s thoughts on Force Awakens mentioning to The Hollywood Reporter that “he really liked it.”

Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion and did not play a role in the new film’s development which has been taken over by new helmer J.J. Abrams. In an interview with CBS in November, the filmmaker said he submitted ideas for new films but that “ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans.’”

“People don’t actually realize it’s actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems — it’s not about spaceships. So they decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, ‘fine. … I’ll go my way and I let them go their way,’” Lucas continued.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters Dec. 18.


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