George Lucas Says Selling Lucasfilms Was Like A Divorce From Star Wars

Posted: Dec 3 2015, 3:19am CST | by , Updated: Dec 3 2015, 8:51pm CST, in News | Latest Movie News


George Lucas says Selling Lucasfilms was Like a Divorce from Star Wars
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  • George Lucas shares selling Lucasfilms was like a divorce!

Lucas also talked about the infamous shooting scene between Greedo and Han Solo.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just a few days away from its release. George Lucas is the creator of the Star Wars franchise. Lucas sat down with the Washington Post for an interview. In the interview Lucas shared how it felt selling the Lucasfilms to Disney.

Three years ago Lucasfilms was sold to Disney for a whopping $4 billion. According to Lucas himself it was like a divorce. Lucas shared he always knew he would have to part ways with Star Wars.

The studio did not like the stories Lucas had for the sequels. So Lucas said to himself he would be getting a divorce. Lucas also left the franchise so he could not disturb the vision of J.J. Abrams. 

George Lucas also talked about the controversy surrounding a shooting scene in the original 1977 film. In the Star Wars: Episode IV an altercation occurred between heroic smuggler Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt lackey Greedo.

The scene ended with Han shooting Greedo under the table. The original film A New Hope sees Han readying his gun and followed by an explosion of smoke and Greedo slumping over.

However in the 1997 Special Edition Greedo shoots at Han and misses then Han kills Greedo. Fans have been crying for the for the past 18 years. The change of the Greedo scene even inspired a battle cry and a T-shirt saying Han shot first. 

In the interview Lucas defended his choice to alter the scene. According to Lucas Han was going to marry Leia and he did not want him to be a cold-blooded killer. If Han was supposed to be like John Wayne, then you don't shoot people first. Lucas called it a mythological reality. 

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