‘Star Wars‘ director George Lucas was disappointed with Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger has released an autobiography called “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years As CEO of The Walt Disney Company”. The autobiography tells a long list of inside stories about the companies. One of the most intriguing stories is George Lucas’ dislike of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. In a passage from the book, Iger explains the reaction Lucas got from the film.
“Just prior to the global release, Kathy screened The Force Awakens for George. He didn’t hide his disappointment. “There’s nothing new,” he said. In each of the films in the original trilogy, it was important to him to present new worlds, new stories, new characters, and new technologies. In this one, he said, “There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.”
George Lucas has been quite open about his dislike of “The Force Awakens”. In a 2015 interview with Charlie Rose, the director said “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that.” He added he did not like what he saw as a safe film from Disney.