George Lucas Discusses STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and Experimental Films
George Lucas is out making the press rounds for his upcoming animated movie Strange Magic. In an interview with Screen Rant, the filmmaker talks about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how he doesn’t know what the story is. As you know. he was developing Episode VII before Disney came on board, but it seems like J.J. Abrams may have changed a lot of what Lucas was initially planning.
“I haven’t seen anything; I mean I saw the trailer, it looks great, it looks interesting. But as I’ve said before: one thing I regret about Star Wars is that I never got to see it, you know? I never got to be blown away by the big ship coming over the thing, or anything. But this time I’m going to be, because I have no idea what they’re doing.”
It’s good to know that he has actually watched the trailer for the movie. When he was asked about that last month, he still had not seen it. In a separate interview with the LA Times, Lucas reveals that he currently writing two movies, which are described as being “experimental movies that hearken back to his student days at the University of Southern California.” They are also movies that we will never get to see.
“The way [the films] are, they’re not really movies that can be released. They’re movies more for myself and maybe I’ll show them to some of my friends. … It costs more to put them out there than it does to make ‘em. These are movies that are never going to make any money or anything. … They’re like things I did in school or movies I produced, like ‘Koyaanisqatsi,’ ‘Powaqqatsi,’ things like that. But it’s different because they’re dramatic films. It’s very hard to explain because it’s never been done yet.”
I’d love to see these movies that he is going to make! Lucas’ earlier films were amazing. The guy was insanely talented, and It'd be awesome to see him return to that kind of experimental creativity.