Why George Lucas Won't Direct Mainstream Movies: "It's Not Much Fun"

"You can't experiment, you can't do anything," the director says of contemporary filmmaking.
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George Lucas might have created the modern blockbuster with 1977's Star Wars, but a new interview with the director suggests that he's not the biggest fan of his (accidental) legacy.

Talking to Vanity Fair as part of its reporting surrounding next month's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the writer and director bemoans the lack of creative freedom for contemporary movie directors.

"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," Lucas says. "You know, it's not much fun. And you can't experiment, you can't do anything. You 'have' to do everything a certain way. I don't like that, I never have — I started out in experimental films and I want to go back to experimental films, but of course, nobody wants to see experimental films."

Asked what he plans to direct next, Lucas replies, "I will be directing movies, but not movies that will be shown anywhere."

Of course, this is only the latest time Lucas has made comments along these lines. Promoting Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 2005, he told Wired magazine, "I've earned the right to just make things that I find provocative in my own way," adding that he'd "earned the right to fail, which means making what I think are really great movies that no one wants to see."

Earlier in the Vanity Fair video, Lucas says that his advice to anyone making a Star Wars movie would be that "there's more to it than just space ships," adding that he's "curious [to see] that the Force doesn't get muddled into a bunch of garbledy-gook." A callback, perhaps, to definition of the Force using midi-chlorians, a retcon that upset a number of fans when introduced in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released.

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