George Lucas Apologises For Comparing Disney To ‘White Slavers’ | Film News
It seems that one of the most iconic creators in sci-fi history has thrown his toys out of his spaceship and is now eating a big slice of humble pie, for Star Wars creator George Lucas has apologised for inappropriately referring to Disney as “white slavers” during an interview with Charlie Rose.
Back in 2012, Lucas sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.06 billion; allowing them to make way with three new Star Wars sequels to the original trilogy, including the first recent installment The Force Awakens; which has already reached over $1 billion.
During the interview with Rose, Lucas explained the reasons behind his comparison were because: “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”. However, he has now issued a statement via The Hollywood Reporter insisting his sincerest apologies, admitting: “I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologise”.
Also, it seems his opinions towards Disney have taken a sudden (and rather coincidental) turn of phrase, stating that he is happy with the decisions Disney is making with his beloved franchise: “I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of J.J Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy“. Now, we’re just left wondering whether Disney will forgive his comments…
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