We’re less than two week from release, and still hardly anyone outside of J.J. Abrams’ team and the higher-ups at Disney have actually seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the franchise’s architect George Lucas has seen the new sequel — here’s what he had to say.
Vulture caught up with Lucas to get a quick comment on the long-awaited revival of Star Wars, and the geek icon offered a brief and very interesting assessment of the film. Here’s his response:
“I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”
Hmm. Lucas doesn’t actually say if he enjoyed the film, though he notes fans should like it. This fits with a report a while back that Disney apparently declined to use Lucas’ proposed ideas for the new trilogy, and instead opted to take the franchise in a different direction. Basically, Lucas doesn’t see the franchise as a big space epic. Instead, he wanted to focus on the soap opera aspects. (Can’t you do both?)
Here’s what Lucas said in a Vanity Fair interview not long ago about his initial pitch to Disney, and why they didn’t want to use his story:
“The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans.’ People don’t actually realize it’s actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems – it’s not about spaceships. So they decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, ‘Fine.’”
So, there you have it. Lucas thinks the fans will like The Force Awakens, though it seems clear that Abrams’ spin on the franchise is not what Lucas envisioned when he dreamed his geeky dreams of Episode VII.