George Lucas says he quit ‘Star Wars’ because ‘all you do is get criticised’

Lucas also blames his departure on an inability to 'experiment' with the franchise

Star Wars creator George Lucas has explained why he is no longer involved with the franchise.

Early on, Lucas served as a creative consultant on next month’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Disney chose not to use his ideas for the movie and the creator stepped back from J.J. Abrams’ film. A week after the first trailer debuted in November 2014, Lucas revealed that he had not even watched it.

“You go to make a movie, and all you do is get criticised,” Lucas told Vanity Fair when asked why he moved on from Star Wars. “People try to make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it. And it’s not much fun. And you can’t experiment. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that. I never did.”

“I started out with experimental films and then I want to go back to experimental films. Of course, nobody wants to see experimental films,” Lucas added.

Lucas’s Star Wars prequel trilogy, which hit cinema screens between 1999 and 2005, has been heavily criticised by fans of the original three films he made between 1977 and 1983. Simon Pegg recently called the prequel trilogy a “monumental misunderstanding of what the [original] three films are about” and likened them to “George Lucas killing his kid”.