'Star Wars' franchise compares his departure from the franchise to a romantic break-up
George Lucas has claimed that his continued involvement in the Star Wars franchise would have led him to “muck everything up”.
The franchise’s creator wrote story treatments for a new trilogy of Star Wars films before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, but the Mouse House ultimately decided to take the franchise in a different direction, and Lucas stepped away.
“They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were gonna go do their own thing,” Lucas explained during an appearance on CBS News.
“They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway,” he continued. “But at the same time, I said, ‘If I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble.’ Because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that any more. All I would do is muck everything up. So I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'””
Lucas, who infamously revealed that he had not watched the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens the week after it premiered in November 2014, then compared his departure from the franchise to a romantic break-up.
“When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing,” Lucas explained. “The third one is you don’t show up at their coffee shop and say, ‘You are going to burn it…’ You just say ‘Nope, gone, history, I’m moving forward.'”
Lucas has also discussed his decision to move on from Star Wars in another recent interview, blaming the fact that “all you do is get criticised”. Read more here.