Filmmaker George Lucas, celebrated for creating the iconic Star Wars saga, recently expressed heartfelt reflections at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, where he received an honorary Palm d’Or award. Known for his groundbreaking work in both Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Lucas did not hold back as he addressed Disney’s handling of the Star Wars franchise since he sold Lucasfilm in 2012.

Lucas voiced his disappointment over Disney’s direction for the beloved space opera, feeling that the new guardians of the franchise had missed the mark on several fundamental elements. “The Force, for example, nobody understood the Force,” Lucas shared, highlighting how his core concepts had been overlooked. Despite his frustrations, Lucas resigned to his current role outside the franchise, saying, “But that’s the way it is. You give it up, you give it up.”

Moreover, Lucas dashed any hopes of fans who yearn for 4K restorations of the original Star Wars trilogy’s theatrical cuts. Defending the changes made for the Special Editions, Lucas argued that these versions better represent his artistic vision. “I’m a firm believer that the director, or the writer, or the filmmaker should have a right to have his movie be the way he wants it,” he stated, emphasizing his stance against releasing digitally restored theatrical versions.

The separation between Lucas and his brainchild speaks volumes about the complexities of creative control and legacy in franchise filmmaking. As fans continue to discuss the franchise’s future and past, Lucas’ words serve as a poignant reminder of the passion and dedication that fueled the original Star Wars universe.

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Source: FandomWire