Star Wars creator George Lucas has come out with some less-than-savory words for Disney just weeks into the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an wide-ranging interview for Charlie Rose's Hulu series taped in November, Lucas laughingly calls the company "white slavers" after the host describes Lucas' feeling for the characters as if they were his "own children."
“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,” said Lucas, with a laugh. "They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new."
When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, Lucas passed along story notes he had for a new Star Wars trilogy and was met with a different vision for the franchise's future.
"They looked at the stories, and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans'....They decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing," said Lucas. "They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway — but if I get in there, I'm just going to cause trouble, because they're not going to do what I want them to do. And I don't have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, 'Okay, I will go my way, and I'll let them go their way.'"
Lucas added that he has no regrets about selling to Disney, saying he is at peace with the decision.
"I wanted to move on. It wasn't like they were taking away [the films] from me."
You can watch the full interview here: