A lack of creative expression and an abundance of criticism were responsible for Lucas turning his back on the Star Wars movies. Although he announced his "retirement" in 2012, Lucas confirmed it wasn't entirely down to his own personal desire.
Three years ago, he explained his decision to leave the force behind. He said:
“Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”
Poor George. It looks like he hasn't changed his mind, either. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Lucas recently added to his reasoning behind leaving. One reason was he felt he had limited opportunity to make decisions, without others being involved.
In the video, he appears on an iPad screen asking his successor J.J.Abrams what happened to Darth Vader's grandchildren. This isn't awkward at all... not in the slightest. It's a bit like going up to your ex's new partner and asking them how they were in bed last night, but it's cool.
"All you do is get criticized"
Talking about why he decided to quit all those years ago, he said:
“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized, and people try to make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it. You know, it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.”
I suppose it depends what your definition of fun is. Being a Hollywood film director must beat sitting around in your underwear, munching on Doritos and watching Netflix, surely?
Of course, unless you've actually been involved in the creative process, it's hard to know how these things work out. As its creator, should he have ultimate control? Or should he open up to the creative process?
Stop Being Meme!
Whether that is warranted or not, Lucas does get a harsh time from Star Wars fans. Some believe he ruined the movie, others believe he milked it for all it's economic worth.
His decision to significantly alter remastered versions of the classics wasn't well received. Fans accuse him of being hypocritical by making such changes. In all fairness, his comments in 1988 do contradict his later actions:
"People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society."
Ultimately, it is pretty sad that the guy who created the entire thing felt so despondent he decided he couldn't continue. However, George had the last laugh by trolling fans when asked who his favorite character was. Jar Jar Binks, he said.
Source: Vanity Fair