Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has released an autobiography called The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years As CEO Of The Walt Disney Company. The book tells a host of inside stories about the company, one of them being George Lucas’ dislike of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a passage in the book, Iger explains the reaction from Lucas about the film.
“Just prior to the global release, Kathy screened The Force Awakens for George. He didn’t hide his disappointment. “There’s nothing new,” he said. In each of the films in the original trilogy, it was important to him to present new worlds, new stories, new characters, and new technologies. In this one, he said, “There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.”
Lucas has been candid about his dislike of The Force Awakens before, saying in 2015 in an interview with Charlie Rose that “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” as well as saying that he didn’t enjoy what he saw as a safe film from Disney.
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