Pressure can take a toll, even if it’s pressure surrounding a franchise you built with your own two hands.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, sci-fi legend George Lucas was asked why he’s not directing the new Star Wars movie. As you almost surely know, The Force Awakens is being helmed by modern geek guru J.J. Abrams. So, why did Lucas decide to pass the baton after directing the original Star Wars and all three of the prequels? Because he’s burned out on the big-budget rat race, and is tired of taking heat for every decision he does (and doesn’t) make. Fair enough.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“You go to make a movie, and all you do is get criticized, and people try and make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it. It’s not much fun, and you can’t experiment. You can’t do anything. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that, and I never did. I started out in experimental films and I want to go back to experimental films, but of course, nobody wants to see experimental films.”
Admittedly, Lucas makes some solid points. He received a heaping pile of criticism for the prequel films, and you can’t blame the guy for wanting to try something different and get back to his roots. At this point in his career, Lucas has more than enough clout and money to do just that.
Here’s hoping Lucas can find his joy once again, and maybe some of those experiments will turn into something worth watching.
(Via Vanity Fair)