In just 19 days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters, ending a 10-year absence of this beloved franchise from the big screen. This highly-anticipated adventure will also mark a changing of the guard, the first Star Wars movie that George Lucas isn't involved in whatsoever, with J.J. Abrams taking the helm. The Washington Post recently caught up with George Lucas, who reflected on his career, his "divorce" from the franchise, and the uproar that was caused when he altered Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in the 1997 Special Edition, so Greedo shot first, not Han Solo. Here's his definitive answer to why Han didn't shoot first.
"Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, 'Should he be a cold-blooded killer?' Because I was thinking mythologically - should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, 'Yeah, he should be John Wayne.' And when you're John Wayne, you don't shoot people [first] - you let them have the first shot. It's a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to."
George Lucas revealed last week that Disney didn't exactly want to make his stories, after he sold LucasFilm for $4 billion back in October 2012. There was early speculation that George Lucas would serve as some sort of consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that never happened, and he still hasn't seen a finished print of the film quite yet. The filmmaker compares selling LucasFilm to a "divorce," adding that he might have a special screening at Skywalker Ranch with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.
"I call it like a divorce. Now I'm faced with this awkward reality, which is fine. I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I'm going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it's a conscious decision that I made. There is no such thing as working over someone's shoulder. You're either the dictator or you're not. And to do that would never work, so I said 'I'm going to get divorced.' I knew that I couldn't be involved. All I'd do is make them miserable. I'd make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision - J.J. has a vision, and it's his vision."
George Lucas also added how Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park showed him that special effects and CGI were advanced enough that he could actually show Yoda in a lightsaber duel. That battle actually happened in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, which hit theaters nine years after Jurassic Park. What do you think about these new details from George Lucas? Are you glad he isn't involved with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or would you have rather seen him involved in some way?