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George Lucas returned to the scene of the crime Monday night, saying he is still amazed by how enormous the Star Wars franchise has become.
“I didn’t think it would be this big when it started,” Lucas said of his original idea for the space adventure story. “It started out wanting to do a film for young people that had psychological undercurrents for people who were going through adolescence — everything from mythological themes to spiritual themes. In the end, I think that is the thing that resonated with people.
When you boil it down, Lucas said, Star Wars is a film about “families.”
“It’s a about what one generation leaves behind and the next generation has to deal with,” he said.
The filmmaker attended the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood on Monday night, more than 38 years after his original Star Wars made movie history after premiering at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams took over the franchise after Disney bought Lucasfilm from Lucas in 2012. However, Lucas was not involved with the new film. In a recent interview with THR, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said it’s been tough for Lucas, who was intimately involved in the first six Star Wars films, “watching this go on without his direct involvement. At the same time, he really wanted to step away.”
Lucas has been busy being a father and working on films the public will not see, he said.
“They are just films for myself and my friends,” Lucas said.
Kennedy said Lucas was treated to an early screening of Force Awakens and “really liked it.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars original franchise stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as well as newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.
The Force Awakens opens in North America on Dec. 18.
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