Why George Lucas Won't Make Any More Star Wars Movies

From an interview with The New York Times.

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    Hey, how about you make a movie while not surrounded by Yes men?

      Because he's a massive narcissistic twat that thinks he knows better than everyone else despite being a horrible writer/storyteller and at most a competent director. So naturally he can ONLY work with yes men.

    Jar Jar fucking Binks!!!
    that;s why you're terrible

      Eh jar jar is nothing compared to changes he made to his films

      If Lucas promises to take that god awful "No"ing out of the end of Jedi, and that stupid Krayt dragon call that sounds like a gungan being raped up the arse, then I will kiss Jar Jar's feet.


        Do you mean at the end of Empire where the only change he made to the whole film (apart from a shot of Vader's shuttle) was audio of Luke screaming "Nooooo" as he fell to his imminent death thus changing the whole tone of that scene - Lucas took the "Nooooo" scream back out for the DVD release.

          That's not what he's talking about at all.

          Imagine the "NOOOOO!!!" that Vader howls from Revenge of the Sith and paste it onto the scene where Vader throws the Emperor down the shaft at the end of Return of the Jedi.

          That's what he's talking about.

    Hahaha awesome. Can he also go back and remove any changes he made to the originals while in this frame of mind?
    I've got the theatrical releases on DVD but I'd prefer it on Blu-ray :)

    Perhaps people wouldn't have told you what a horrible person you are if you left the existing movies alone.

    multiple extended cuts and changes... now turning them into 3D movies? Just stop!

      He must be quite used to the ka-ching sound.

        I know other movies have done it with special anniversary editions and things like that, but I honestly can't think of any other movie/franchise that has been abused as much as Star Wars.

          Disney..... I say no more

            Please do, because I can't think of any Disney movie(s) that's been abused as much as 'Star Wars'

              The changes to both The Lion King and Aladdin are getting up there.

                Honestly, minus adding a song I was quite happy with the lion king changes, the re-animations looked better, Can you Feel the Love Tonight looks truly stunning with the changes. Though I can't see the point in changing the crocodiles, there was nothing wrong with them.

                That said, I'd still like 'actual' theatrical versions, my main issue with Disney is their shady claims, if it says original theatrical version, it damn well should be.

    Guys be kind, if it wasn't for him you wouldn't have Star Wars to begin with. I for one think GL is one of the greatest

      He WAS great, until he went batshit crazy.

      I actually mostly liked the first edits. they added some great stuff, like the dewbacks up closer and the the better space battle scenes.

      But then he didn't stop.. he just kept going, until the movies became completely bastardised.

      I can close my eyes and ignore the prequel trilogy, which i am fine with, but to destroy the originals to the point where i can't even BUY the non-shit versions is just stupid.

      Honestly, Lucas used to be brilliant, then he just took it too far, all for a few dollars.

        The CG insertions were 'better' in 1997 (with the obvious exceptions of Greedo shooting first and them buggering up the party at the end of Return of the Jedi and probably the redone music sequence in Jabba's palace) but the problem is that those new additions look like crap now, plus they stick out really badly against the rest of the film.

        The original space battle stuff with the models might have been kind of primitive but it was amazingly well done given the technology and it actually fit the films, where the CG doesn't.

        But the real problem with his constant fiddling is that it goes hand in hand with his determination not to release a decent quality release of the original THX Remastered version of the films from 1994 or so. I want my films without any changes or additions but I can't have them without being a pirate. :(

      He was also the same man who said special effects were only to enhance the movie, not be the movie.

      Guess he sort of fucked that up, huh?

    Um, cause you don't wanna be a complete pussy with a soft ego and you want to make something that you're passionate about! Grow a bloody backbone Lucas!

    Awww Georgie Georgie... Don't be like that... We're not saying that you're a terrible person! Oh you Silly Duffer! We're just saying that you suck tremendously at making movies! .. ... ... Okay that didn't come out right... Okay okay... You're tremendously talented and great at ruining your legacy. ... ... Hmmm that sounded more positive in my head. ... Sorry George I got nothin'!

    Lucas is at his best when he has someone else helping call the shots - always remember that he only directed one of the original trilogy, and it wasn't (IMO) the best of them. Same with hooking up with Spielberg.

    Give Lucas complete control and surround him with only yes men, and you get the prequels.

    He also doesn't want to make them because

    1. Alec Guiness is dead. He can't contribute his voice-over to guide luke anymore.

    2. Harrison Ford has made it damn clear on numerous occasions that he would never, ever do another star wars movie

    3. George, long before this whiny statement, declared that he had no plan of ever doing the last 3 movies as was rumored once many many years ago.

    Seriously, George, you'd just destroy them anyway. You're not the starry-eyed visionary you once were. You think everything will work out with enough CGI sugar-coating.

    By not doing these movies, you're probably doing the franchise a favor.

      Problem is that there is no where to really go with another 3 movies.

      Sure you could maybe try the Yuuzhan Vong of the New Jedi Order. The problem is that even if you could get all the relevant characters. I don't believe the series could work in a 3 movie format without severely altering the overall story. And probably writing out a good chunk of the characters.

      Plus if he chewy actually died in the movie as he does in the book id hate too see the shitstorm that would incur

        I think it would be awesome to see 3 new films based in that time period. I also think the people who were responsible for the TOR trailers should be involved.

        I always thought if there were 3 sequels they would be the Thrawn trilogy.

    Here I thought he was getting yelled at for constantly messing with the original films and re-re-re-releasing them

    Now hand the series over to someone else and maybe I can start caring about Star Wars again.

    Lucas is one of the great filmmakers. Star Wars has contributed so much more to the art and science of films and the science fiction genre that cannot be dismissed because of Jar Jar or tinkering.

    But then again, I didn't watch Star Wars during my formative years, so I see things without rose-tinted glasses (something which I'm afraid a lot of you can't do BECAUSE you watched Star Wars during your formative years).

    The Star Wars franchise ended in 1983 for me with release of Return of the Jedi... so all this is meaningless dribble

    George won't make another star wars movie, that's not saying someone else won't do it to make him some cash.

    Are we supposed to feel bad about this? He said recently he's not scared of maknig a bad movie - and it's true! You don't see him remastering Howard the Duck every 5 minutes. But Star Wars? He was one success and WON'T STOP REINVENTING IT.

    George Lucas is DETERMINED TO FAIL.

    He's a fool, and a terrible person, and I'm glad he's not making more Star Wars movies. When ol' goiterneck eventually shuffles loose this mortal coil we might get from Star Wars movies from talented directors... assuming there are any.

      Aahhhh!! You are ASKING for screen based fanfic? DO NOT WANT

    KotakAU getting in to a serious discussion about a one-liner non-videogames article from Plunkett?

    This Wiki outage must be going to our heads.

      You must be new around here.

    What he says is right. But until he dies and the control of the franchise passes to someone else, we aren't getting any more films. And thats fine by me. I've avoided all this Clone Wars junk that gets hurled at kids. And I'm fine with that

    Its not just Star Wars, most movies these days are style over substance. With action scenes so insane you have no idea whats going on! A new Star Wars movie that isnt filmed entirely behind a blue screen would be nice!

    This constitutes an article?

    A picture with a quote Windows painted on?


      This isn't even a news site...

      Its a blog.

        No, it is a news site, just Luke Plunkett is terrible at news.

          Kotaku AU is a news site. Kotaku US is a blog. Mark Serrels is a journalist. Luke Plunkett is a twit.

      "From an interview with The New York Times."

      I know it can be hard to read 8 words, but sometimes it can prevent you from looking silly.

    Poor George Lucas. He tries so hard.

    Sequels to the original trilogy would no doubt have storylines that ignore all of the spinoff media anyway, which would enrage the hardcore fans.

    I think the only way to do any new films that would't mess too much with established stories is to go way way way into the future, all new characters and new storylines.

    If George doesn't want to make them, all the better, bring in someone else to do it.

    Once again George Lucas proves he's king at entirely missing the point. He's ranting about fans saying he should leave the movies alone, while they themselves are re-editing them. Number 1 - At present there's maybe 20 or so edits of all the films in TOTAL. Number 2 - Most of the fan edits are from people trying to return the films TO THEIR ORIGINAL FORMS. And Number 3 - No one is complaining about the changes specifically. What they ARE complaining about is GL saying "This new version of the movie is the ONLY one now. You can't see the originals anymore." No one would care about him editing the movies if he'd just release the original versions as well along with the Special Editions, fully restored and in as high quality as possible - not some shitty Laserdisc port.

    Also, Plunkett you have sunk to new lows. Kotaku is NOT your personal Twitter account.

    Now if only he'd leave well enough alone and stop changing the things he has already made.

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