‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas: ‘I really have no interest in science fiction at all’

Lucas also criticises Hollywood for making films that are 'more circus than substance'

Star Wars creator George Lucas made a surprising revelation during his appearance at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah yesterday (January 29).

Appearing alongside Sundance founder Robert Redford at a panel discussion, Lucas told the audience: “I really have no interest in science fiction at all.” Deadline reports that Lucas’s comment drew “a big laugh” from those in attendance.

Lucas went on to criticise Hollywood for making blockbusters that are high on spectacle but low on content. “It’s now gotten to be more and more circus than substance,” Lucas said, before conceding: “I get blamed for a lot of that.”

“[But] if you go into Star Wars and see what’s going on there, there’s a lot more substance than circus,” he insisted.

Earlier this month (January) Lucas revealed that Disney chose not to use his ideas for this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is being directed by JJ Abrams. The franchise’s creator had previously recalled that he was working on a new trilogy of Star Wars films before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012.