Lucas Admits the Obvious

In a recent letter to the producers of Lost, George Lucas admitted what many of us already guessed a long time ago.

Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show. Don’t tell anyone … but when ‘Star Wars’ first came out, I didn’t know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories — let’s call them homages — and you’ve got a series.

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  1. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Lucas entertained and amused a significant segment of the human population and made them forget their troubles for a while.

    He caught lightning in a bottle once, and if he couldn’t do it twice, at least it was fun watching him try.

  2. I think Gary Kurtz had a greater role than is acknowledged, too…

    The fact that so many basic errors were made in the Prequel Trilogy, the Force got demystified, and BASIC dialogue writing was so poor speaks loads about Lucas’ “supposed genius”.

    It also reveals what general hacks Lucas’ underlings are, too. They’re all yes-men.

    And yeah, the supposed Joseph Campbell influence has always struck as a bit of B.S. created to make Star Wars look better written than it actually is.

    Sure helped Campbell sell more books, though. Especially after they added an image of Luke Skywalker to his “Heroes” book!

    Hud, I am going to cut Lucas some slack on the Star Wars Holiday Special, though.

    That was probably required by his contract with 20th Century Fox when he made the original Star Wars and not something he could do much about.

    He had nowhere near the power he got AFTER The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark at that point in time.

    Producers/writers sometimes have to agree to crap to get their stories told on-screen.

    The fact that the Holiday Special has never re-aired since then speaks to Lucas’ power in vetoing projects he doesn’t like.

    (Of course, I still think the Boba Fett cartoon could be included as an extra with a future DVD/Blu ray release of The Empire Strikes Back. The Empire Strikes Back, coincidentally, turns 30 years since its US release this Friday! And it’s STILL the best film in the series IMHO.)

    The powers-that-be at Fox probably agree with him on this one, too!

  3. “Empire” was certainly the best. Kudos to the screenwriters, Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett. Leigh Brackett!! What a concept–using a professional SF writer to write an SF film. Too bad it’s pretty much never been done since.

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