George Lucas Said He Sold 'Star Wars' To 'White Slavers'

Tara Dodrill

George Lucas said he sold the rights to Star Wars to "white slavers." Lucas' much younger wife is African American. In 2012, he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion.

While George Lucas may be having regrets about selling the rights to Star Wars, Disney is likely laughing all the way to the bank. Star War: The Force Awakens is breaking box office records and selling copious amounts of related merchandise to not just the kiddos, but to adults as well. The new movie made more than $1 billion at the box office two weeks after it began appearing on screens around the world, Collider reports.

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George Lucas says he sold #StarWars to "white slavers"

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"I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and," George Lucas said during the interview before pausing, laughing, and then deciding not to finish his thought in front of television cameras.

Exactly what Lucas meant by the Disney white slavers comment remains unclear. The director did state that the only sure way to make money with a film is to stick with what works, what looks familiar, and not branch out and do something entirely different, which he feels he has always done.

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During the interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas described a butting of heads with Disney over the direction future installments in the series would take, MSN notes.

"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. 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, 'OK, I will go my way, and I'll let them go their way.'"

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