George Lucas Talks More About His Post STAR WARS Plans And EPISODE VII Involvement

Despite being named as a creative consultant on Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, George Lucas has downplayed his involvement with the new trilogy and also comments on his plans to continue making movies...just not ones you're likely to see in the theater!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/4/2012

Entertainment Weekly were able to catch up with George Lucas at Ebony magazine's Power 100 Gala on Friday, and while the Star Wars creator has already released numerous statements about selling LucasFilm to Disney, they did ask him just how involved he will be in the hiring of a director for Episode VII. His answer? A fairly non-committal one! "I’ve turned it over to a wonderful producer, Kathy Kennedy, and I’ve known her for years," he said. "She’s more than capable of taking it and making it better than I did."

"It's very sad," Lucas added about his decision to sell his company. "It's 40 years of work and it’s been my life, but I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things." And what are those bigger and better things? Well, he'll be spending the majority of his time dealing with his charitable endeavours, but that doesn't mean that filmmaking it completely in his past. "Mostly it will be philanthropy but I’m also going to make my own little personal films. I barely got Red Tails into the theaters. The ones I’m working on now will never get into the theaters." What would you like to see Lucas do next? Comment in the usual place!


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DaenerysTargaryen - 11/4/2012, 6:26 PM
Happy happy happy news. Now the sequels actually have a chance of being good :P
Funsize - 11/4/2012, 6:35 PM
Awesome can't wait :)
Tony93 - 11/4/2012, 6:35 PM
speak o' the devil :P
KaneVonDoom - 11/4/2012, 6:36 PM
Good for him. Glad he's able to do what he wants but also glad Star Wars won't stagnate.
Mego - 11/4/2012, 6:36 PM
Lucas had the power in 1999 to demand theaters upgrade their sound systems and a decade later can't even get his films in theaters.
Tony93 - 11/4/2012, 6:37 PM

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Viltrumite - 11/4/2012, 6:41 PM
I'm really happy for him.
He gets to see his legacy continue, the employees at LucasFilm have a secure future at Disney, and most of the money he made from the sale he's giving to charity. He's a complete class act, and you know what? Despite constant complaining from the fans, he never compromised in what -he- wanted to do with his creation. He gave me some of my absolute favorite childhood memories with Star Wars and Indiana Jones, (I even liked the prequels and KOTCS), and I wish him the best of luck with the smaller films he plans to make next. Even if they won't be in theaters, I'd love to have a chance to see them.
SanFranLand - 11/4/2012, 6:45 PM
Bowing out with grace? Well, maybe a decade or so too late for dignity but at least he's moving on to that last phase of trying to help the world.
FanOfTheKnight - 11/4/2012, 6:54 PM
@Viltrumite: Very well said! The prequels were not as good as they could have been but at the same time I admire GL for not compromising HIS creation. So many filmmakers pander to the millions of whiny fans that want movies done THEIR way in order to maximize box office numbers while Lucas had the stones to say "I don't care, I'm making the movies they way I imagined them because they're MINE and I created them". I can respect that.
CaptainAmerica31 - 11/4/2012, 7:06 PM
Some ppl are so disrespectful to the man who made this possible in the first place
Brady1138 - 11/4/2012, 7:11 PM
@Spidey31 Completely agree.
Ceejay - 11/4/2012, 7:19 PM
1: U-turn on the Disney deal and sell Lucasfilm to Spielberg instead.

2: Give away all your money!

3: Die!
DioFoRio - 11/4/2012, 7:20 PM
@Spidey31...you're right..Thank You jesus
DioFoRio - 11/4/2012, 7:20 PM
damn Ceejay....rough day?
eleven59 - 11/4/2012, 7:28 PM
Disrespectful? Pretty sure millions of people spending $700 million+ around 1977, also had something to do with its success

And they feel disrespected too..
superpooper - 11/4/2012, 7:35 PM
He needs to have little to no further involvement with Star Wars. The franchise has developed a life of it's own and any input from him at this point would only serve to further damage it's potential. You've [frick]ed it up enough George. Bail dude.
Kamdan - 11/4/2012, 7:37 PM
"The ones I’m working on now will never get into the theaters." GOD, I wish that the prequels were those such films.
weaponxster - 11/4/2012, 7:46 PM
I've been saying for years, we need a live action Star Wars series. Star Trek did it. Star Wars has waaaay more potential.
mctrinket - 11/4/2012, 7:48 PM
Luckiest no talent jackass ever. Timing is everything, I guess.
RobLiefeldFan - 11/4/2012, 7:50 PM
I think we need to respect Lucas More even though he did the prequels we have to respect him for creating a world we know and love and have respect for the material.. Rather than saying "Thank God his gone now we can have good Star Wars Movies" he did create the original Star Wars universe after all.. Just saying
RobLiefeldFan - 11/4/2012, 7:54 PM
Calling him a talentless hack for someone that gave us the Star Wars franchise just because the prequels were not up to your standard does not mean you should insult and disrespect him @mctrinket
Have respect for George Lucas as a true Star Wars fan insulting him won't get you anywhere or make you sound cooler just makes you look retarded
gaikinger - 11/4/2012, 8:03 PM
Lucas imasculated Vader and Han Solo while giving us Jar Jar Bunks and ewoks and all manner of other unforgivableness....he needs to stay far away.
tarZen - 11/4/2012, 8:13 PM
This man is giving $4 billion to charity. And a bunch of geeks here calling him all sorts of names, for their precious Star Wars movies. That Lucas created in the first place. You people will never be a hundredth of the man he is.
Dunejedi - 11/4/2012, 8:22 PM
The Star Wars universe is a collaboration of literally thousands of people. Just because they don't have the same name recognition that Lucas has doesn't mean their contributions and sacrifices should be discounted. And as far as Star Wars being HIS vision. . to a certain degree, that's true. But they didn't turn out exactly the way he wanted them to, so to another degree, it's not true. There's a pretty famous line from Harrison Ford to Lucas in regard to dialogue, "You may be able to write this shit, but you can't SAY it." Ford and others colored outside the lines a bit despite George's vision.

But for all the flak that I and others give him, he does deserve praise for A New Hope. Without that one being completely awesome, none of this would have happened. So , thank you George. With Episode IV, you done real good. And IF it's true that he donates the lion's share of 4 billion he receives for Lucasfilm, etc. to charity, then he'll deserve kudos for that, as well. Because that would be a totally classy thing to do with the money (that he doesn't need).
tarZen - 11/4/2012, 8:34 PM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/george-lucas-vows-to-give-4bn-from-star-wars-sale-to-education-charities/story-e6frf9h6-1226510006611

The argument that "he's so rich he doesn't need the money" is pathetic. There are tons of rich people who hoard every single cent they have. When was the last time you did a good thing to a fellow human being? All the movies in the world are nothing next to a charitable heart. Sure, you can say his philanthropy has got nothing to do with your geekdom, but before anyone sprouts juvenile attacks, grow up and recognise what's truly important in life.
gmckoy - 11/4/2012, 8:56 PM
some people have no respect, like if they can do any better than lucas the actual creator
Natetrix79 - 11/4/2012, 9:09 PM
What was the problem with the prequels they weren't that bad. If he would have just made sequels people wouldn't have freaked out so much about Little Vader. I've watched a little bit of the cartoon & if they can make a live action film on that level it will be great.
Joe6Pack74 - 11/4/2012, 9:10 PM
The guy should just retire, relax and have a nice life. I say the same thing about P-Bo come Wednesday.
BmanHall - 11/4/2012, 9:46 PM
I love how people bash George Lucas as if they have any right. Without him, you wouldn't even have a "Star Wars" to bitch about.
SanFranLand - 11/4/2012, 9:51 PM
@joe6pack74 Sorry, "P-Bo" gonna be back at work still running things.
LoudLon - 11/4/2012, 10:13 PM
Red Tails was a good flick. I'm all for Lucas making smaller, more personal films. THX-1138, American Graffiti and Kagemusha (an Akira Kurosawa flick, but Lucas produced) were great films. Can't wait to see what he does next, and am glad he's opted to leave Star Wars behind. As the old Hebrew saying goes, "It was good, but it's good that it was."
FOOM - 11/4/2012, 10:15 PM
Best scenario for everyone. Lucas suggests virtual non involvement in future Star Wars films while he goes all Andrew Carnegie and becomes a philantropist. Well played George. You're gonna make a lot of people happy.
HughJasol - 11/4/2012, 10:20 PM
What should Lucas do next? How about a couple sit-ups to start!
loki668 - 11/4/2012, 11:06 PM
Now Lucas can commit himself, fully, to his passions: Competitive eating, relaxation eating, and snacking between bites.

Lord Loki has spoken
AmazingFantasy - 11/4/2012, 11:54 PM
DINKLEBERG...
Howardad - 11/4/2012, 11:58 PM
People are always bashing George Lucas for the new Star Wars, which are pretty good. Of course they didn't live up to the original. Nothing ever will. Star Wars is his vision and always will be. For those who claim to hate the new Star Wars here is a solution. Get over it. Star Wars is meant for a wider audience than just the Hard Core fans. The Movies, Cartoon, Games are all good. You are the same people who got mad at X-Men Last Stand because the Juggernaut was a mutant. I love Star Wars ever since I could remember and it is all Good. Even the Ewok adventures!!!!
Ichaos - 11/5/2012, 12:06 AM
How the hell do you move on to "bigger and better things" from bloody Star Wars????
LoudLon - 11/5/2012, 12:32 AM
I don't see the point in insulting the man. I'm as irked about his tinkering with the original trilogy as anyone -- I grew up on the damn things -- but he's obviously resolved himself to break away from the corporate machine, turn some of his vast wealth over to charity and education and focus on smaller, more personal projects. And for that folks here are shooting adolescent snark at him?

Or maybe you're just trying to show that you have a flair for creative writing. But just to be clear: you don't. ;)
DrRockso - 11/5/2012, 1:41 AM
I would have absolutely no problem having George Lucas putting his penis and testicles in my mouth and all over my face. I will always love that man unconditionally.
OverlyManlyMan - 11/5/2012, 2:14 AM
uhhh philanthropy IS bigger and better than Star Wars, just saying
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