If you receive a $4 billion divorce settlement from your husband or wife of forty years, you might think you'd look back on the marriage fondly, remember the good times and swiftly forget about the bad.
For George Lucas, though, there's no such thing as an easy divorce when it comes to Star Wars.
You might remember that before he pocketed his gargantuan $4 billion pay-check for the sale of the franchise to Disney, Lucas worked with Kathleen Kennedy to map out a story arc for the new trilogy of movies, beginning with the film we now know as Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
"They decided they were going to do their own thing"
Here's what the genius director had to say when he talked to Charlie Rose for an exclusive holiday season sit-down interview:
"They looked at the stories, and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans'. They decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway."
You can see the full interview below:
It's easy to understand Lucas' frustration - Star Wars was literally his baby. It must be hard to sit and listen to somebody who thinks their idea for a story taking place in the world you created is better than your own.
On the other hand, The Phantom Menace.
"They wanted to do a retro movie"
Lucas had more to say on the subject:
"They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new."
Sounds as though Lucas's vision for Episode VII would've been wildly different from what Disney and J.J. Abrams gave us -- which, considering the outpour of joy at seeing Han, Leia and Luke on screen again, doing battle with new enemies descended from old enemies in familiar spaceships on planets we know and love, might not have worked out quite so well.
The Force Awakens isn't on track to become the highest grossing movie in Hollywood history by refusing to celebrate Star Wars's past.
To his credit, Lucas doesn't seem to have been thrown off making movies by the experience of giving up Star Wars, telling Rose that his next film will take cinema back to being "an art form" by telling "more emotionally powerful stories."
Can't wait to see what ace he has up sleeve next.