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OFFICIAL NEWS Bitter Breakup? Watch this George Lucas Charlie Rose Interview Preview (CBS This Morning Nov. 19)

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' started by WeWhoSurvived, Nov 20, 2015.

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    Is George Lucas bitter? I really hope not.



    Charlie Rose's full interview with George Lucas will reportedly air some time in December as part of CBS This Morning Kennedy Center Honors coverage.

    Lucas will be honored at The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will air Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 9/8c on CBS. He will be honored alongside classic-rock legends The Eagles, famed songwriter Carole King, actress/singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.

    See also the CBS News Article here and about the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors here.

    Jason Ward, Editor-in-Chief at MakingStarWars.net commented about this interview preview:

    My response:

    I don't think anyone has messed up. This is the way it was supposed to be.

    In 2012, George began a delicate and strategic process to retire as Bob Iger showed great interest in acquiring Lucasfilm and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones intellectual properties. So, George got his ducks in a row. Such a transition is no insignificant thing. But I believe he approached this in a very dutiful and admirable fashion.

    Lucas ensured that the legacy of the stories he created could be kept alive in society and go on and evolve, to continue to be marketed and to make money, to ensure these properties not only survive, but thrive. This is for the express benefit of both the fans and the economic support of thousands of employees and their families at Lucasfilm, Disney and their affiliate companies and vendors, including Bad Robot.

    For the Star Wars intellectual property in particular, however, Lucas succeeded in accomplishing these 3 key milestones before moving on:
    1. He recruited Kathleen Kennedy to be the sole leader at Lucasfilm while he transitioned into retirement.
    2. He recruited Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to be in the next installment, obtaining their buy-in prior to the Lucasfilm acquisition by Disney.
    3. He successfully sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion on Oct. 30th, 2012.
    George Lucas did what he wanted to do. It was his choice. And I believe he did the right thing for all involved. The contracts have long been signed and the baton was passed in the dimmest of the dim far past...

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    I understand this process was difficult for him and still is. After the films are released, one by one, he'll see their success and perhaps may feel or say "I wouldn't have done that." That's okay. But I also hope he can put himself in our shoes and actually enjoy with us what's yet to come. He's got all the legacy anyone could ever dream of.

    Let go, George. The Force will be with you. Always.

    In the meantime, I'm definitely looking forward to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago set to open in 2018.
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    Thank you, George Lucas.
     
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    First off, I LOVE how this IS NOT FOX NEWS, and others would ---WILL --- agree with me. I also don't think that we should be quoting someone's ranom opinions on this site who competes with us as friendly as it is ;). Also, George is such nice, sweet, creative guy, and I really do feel for him based on our brief conversations we had at The Ranch a few years ago when we worked tougher...well, our companies.
     
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    You had conversations with him?
    I don't see MakingStarWars as a competing site, actually. If it were a competition for money, then yeah. But it's not. It's all non-profit. Plus it's just publicly-available information. Late Thursday evening, Jason shared the shorter video from CBS This Morning and made a statement with it. Well, I wanted to share the longer version of CBS This Morning's video here and provide a little more information, as well as comment myself. I'm hoping others will comment, too. The majority of us certainly respect George and feel for him, but we're all obviously excited/nervous for what's next.
     
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    Yeah, our companies did business together, as in Skywalker Sound/LFL and mine. He was there planning his wedding, and it was really brief. I meant with Jason Ward and Co. that IS IT worth repeating the same news from a different source even though literally every single other news source is guilty of that...George really does seem sad in that video...he sounds like he has a tinge of regret.
     
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    True, this is the first story I've shared that MSW had discussed here, but I thought Jason's comments were valid and interesting. I also shared it because I saw SWNN hadn't reported it yet here on the main site, and I at least wanted to get it in the Cantina for discussion because people will certainly talk about it later today. It's crazy, all of us missed this yesterday morning and we all went the whole day without hearing about it. I guess no Star Wars fans watch CBS This Morning. Haha! I am also a big fan of Charlie Rose.
     
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    I think we are all trying to avoid the live tv announcements after The Fox News Fiasco.
     
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    And that's a great observation..."tinge of regret." The sadness is inescapable.
     
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    From what I read his ideas for the upcoming sequel trilogy were an issue of hard negotiations in the last phase of the deal. I'd believe that gave him a lot of confidence that Disney would follow his path (why negotiate so hard for something you are then not going to use?).

    After the deal had been signed Disney said they would like to take quite a different path which inevitably suggests they felt that George Lucas' approach to the ST was not the optimal way to do it. I'm sure that was rather frustrating news for Mr. Lucas, his only umbilical cord to the ST had been severed. And apparently no one bothered to invite him to at least participate as a consultant (like Roddenberry for some Star Trek movies).

    Back in 1978 George Lucas was very unhappy about Battlestar Galactica because many average people believed he was responsible. I wouldn't be surprised if he instigated the lawsuit against Universal for the main purpose to make people aware that he had nothing to do with it.

    Now he looks - again - at the prospect that average people that don't know any better might believe he is responsible for whatever they might not to like.

    P.S. I don't now the details of the contract and/or assurances but one of the first things Disney did was to dissolve LucasArts...
     
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    :'(
    --- Double Post Merged, Nov 20, 2015, Original Post Date: Nov 20, 2015 ---
    Based on verbal knowledge I've heard about: Lucas wanted to build his own studio like at Disney/WB/SONY on his 32,000 + sq. acres of land. However, his shitty neighbors started complaining and trying to prevent it, so it was a huge factor in him ending up selling his company because he was just...done...and then donated that land to "Affordable Housing" so the billionaires would have it stuck in their faces. ;) ....That's why I LOVE George ;) .
     
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    OR..."George...just let it in."
     
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    I just laughed out loud.
     
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    I don't try.
     
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    i feel sad for the people who have zero respect for george lucas and for the people who will still be angry at george because of the prequels 15 years from now. i think its a true lack of professionalism to bash at him without at least taking the time to listen to his important interviews he did in the last 15 years so you could better understand why he did those films.
     
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    I love that affordable housing initiative he made possible. It's in a BEAUTIFUL canyon. More legacy for George right there. Like this is stuff he's done that will literally last generations.
     
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    It was also indirectly done as a big "Jeff you" to his neighbors...ironically, Disney now pays him to keep LFL on his ranch, so I wonder what part of it it will be on...Last I heard, Disney has been trying to move the entirety of LFL to some storage units like what they did to their Disney Animation Studios in the early '90s as well as with PIXAR.
     
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    I'll keep this short: In his RotS documentary The Chosen One Lucas explicitly states that nobody is being evil and that "evil" people still think they are doing the right thing (this is along the lines of the latest news concerning a TFA character).

    On the other hand - and rather late in the screenplay rewriting process I should add - he comes up with this repulsive scene of Anakin entering the Jedi council chamber where a young boy asks for his advice and we get it that he will turn the room and the children into a bloodbath. Pure evil that can never be excused or rationalized.

    If I ever had the chance to ask George Lucas one question, then I'd like him to explain why he says one thing but then does the polar opposite.

    Same with his intent to erase the original, theatrical editions of the Original Trilogy from our collective memory, but he lamented about the colorization of his beloved The Three Stooges, arguing you should leave them in black and white and the original context they were experienced first.

    As Star Wars expert Michael Kaminski put it in a nutshell: Do as I say, not as I do.

    I usually have respect for people that do what they demand of others to do.
     
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    It's called "A PR Department." Lucas can stick by his ideas, but it's a business at the end of the day, and his will will be ruled by PR in order to maximize profits if he is to stay in business with The SW brand.
     
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    i think he was saying that its wrong to think that nobody is being evil. the way he said it made some people think that it was word for word true but he really means evil is evil. he knows very well that sidious is pure evil.
    "good is a point of view, anakin" -Sidious
     
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    It's like asking ourselves, "Have we ever done anything that we consider evil?" It's all up to debate. It's all up to perspective.
     
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