Los Angeles (USA)/ Disney’s CEO has acknowledged that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas felt betrayed after finding out the entertainment giant’s plans for the fictional universe he created in 1977.
In his biography “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company,” published Monday, Bob Iger says Lucas did not agree with creative choices Disney made after buying his production company Lucasfilm.
“Now, in the first meeting with him about the future of Star Wars, George felt betrayed, and while this whole process would never have been easy for him, we’d gotten off to an unnecessarily rocky start,” Iger writes.
Lucas set up Lucasfilm to have direct control over his creations but the success of the first “Star Wars” film and its sequels turned the company into an entertainment giant that he eventually sold to the Walt Disney Company in 2012.
In the book, Iger says Disney also bought Lucas’ stories for three new movies after reaching an agreement to acquire Lucasfilm in 2012.
“George knew we weren’t contractually bound to anything, but he thought that our buying the story treatments was a tacit promise that we’d follow them, and he was disappointed that his story was being discarded,” Iger says.
In the end, Disney and the new Lucasfilm, headed by Kathleen Kennedy, did not follow Lucas’ ideas for the new films, a decision the creator discovered when the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” team met to discuss the new trilogy, and specifically the 2015 movie.
“George immediately got upset as they began to describe the plot and it dawned on him that we weren’t using one of the stories he submitted during the negotiations,” Iger says. “I’d been so careful since our first conversation not to mislead him in any way, and I didn’t think I had now, but I could have handled it better.” (September 24, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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