Joe Hogarty at WDWNT writes about George Lucas’s non-involvement in the new Star Wars movie.
The problem that I have with George Lucas now is that he really has lost his way and he has been surrounded by yes men for so many years that he thinks he can do no wrong. I am very grateful for George Lucas in that he created the stories and characters for ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ but ever since the ‘Star Wars Prequels’, I have come to the conclusion that he is not a very good director or story teller.
I agree. Lucas is someone who’s creativity thrives on restraint. Once he was so successful that he had none, things did not turn out so well. His imagination and ability to create a literal galaxy from nothing are incredible. But his skills as a writer and a director are indeed questionable at best.
I cannot imagine what it must feel like to have the thing you created, and the thing most inextricably tied to your identity, passed on to the next generation. But that is the sign of a successful franchise. It’s why Star Trek, Doctor Who, and James Bond have outlived their creators and are still wildly popular today. It’s the reason Disney’s own characters have remained.
This infusion of new talent will be good for Star Wars. We always loved the universe as a whole, which is why it has been in so many forms of media for so long. All of Star Wars, even the much maligned prequels, stands to benefit.