George Lucas Admits That STAR WARS "Stood On The Shoulders" Of STAR TREK
In a brief snippet of an interview with Lucas for the upcoming documentary Trek Nation, the director discusses the influence and importance of Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi creation on his own space saga, and getting it accepted into the "entertainment arena".
These days the big fanboy debates (or wars in some cases) tend to stem from Marvel vs DC, but not so long ago it was all about the Stars..Wars VS Trek. Of course there are still those that champion their chosen franchise over the other, but since J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot many fans seem to have put aside the age old battle and admitted that there are merits to both. The upcoming documentary Trek Nation will delve into Rod Roddenberry’s journey to explore the importance of the legendary sci-fi franchise created by his father Gene, and Hero Complex have a brief interview with George Lucas, in which he talks about the influence those boldly going where no man has gone before had on his galaxy far far away.
“Star Trek softened up the entertainment arena so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders. There was an effective group of people in the beginning who accepted it..that it wasn't that far out. For the studios it was way far out, [they said] 'what is this?', but there was a fanbase out there -- primarily the Star Trek fanbase -- who understood sci-fi, understood visual sci-fi, and was ready for something like this (Star Wars) to be in the feature arena."
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