It’s quite widely known now that George Lucas wasn’t too keen on The Force Awakens [and neither was I]. However, it seems that his reaction to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the whole idea for which actually originated with visual effects supervisor and ILM chief creative officer John Knoll, who worked closely with Lucas on the prequels trilogy, is far more positive. Collider reports that, speaking at the press conference for the film in San Francisco, Edwards said:
“We’re in the middle of doing press and you have one interview and another interview, and they suddenly said, ‘We need to take a break’ and I was like ‘Okay’ and they said, ‘No, we need to take a break.’ Then they go ‘We need to talk to you. George wants to speak to you.’ They made the call and I was like ‘Ahhh.’ I don’t wanna put words into his mouth but I can honestly say that I can die happy now. He really liked the movie, so it meant a lot. To be honest, and no offense to anyone here, it was the most important review to me. And yeah, I will take that conversation to my grave. It was a real privilege. His opinion means the world to me.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, and stars Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Jimmy Smits, Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen and Warwick Davis. It’s out December 16th.