George Lucas talked briefly with Access Hollywood at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards sharing his involvement with the upcoming movies and why J.J. Abrams is perfect for the job. Also Star Wars: The Clone Wars received 2 Emmy Awards presented by Carrie Fischer to Lucas...
UPDATE: Added a video with Lucas below.
“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” George told Access Hollywood, when asked if he’s looking forward to J.J.’s films. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works. And if he doesn’t, [Lucasfilms president] Kathy [Kennedy] will keep it straight,” he added with a laugh.
As for his own involvement in the next three films, George said he won’t be doing “much.”
“If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”
Additionally, the legendary director said that no matter how good “Episode VII” is, there will always be critics.
“No matter how you do it, it’s a complicated cultural icon. Therefore you’re always going to be in trouble no matter what you do,” he said. “So, the best thing you can do is just plow forward and try to do the best story you can.”
In other news Star Wars: The Clone Wars received two Daytime Emmy Awards.
In his first Emmy win, George Lucas accepted the award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. The award was presented by Carrie Fisher who joked before opening the envelope, “Our nominees haven’t taken acid, at least not with me – which is, as most of you know, the only way to go. Right, George?” Lucas thanked the TV Academy for including animation in their annual program and gave a shout out to “all those poor souls who toil over their computers.”
The show also won Friday in the Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program category, with David Tennant honored for his work as the droid Huyang in Season 5.
The Clone Wars director Dave Filoni released an official statement via his Facebook profile about the awards:
Everyone, as you know tonight Star Wars: The Clone Wars won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Animation and David Tennant won Friday for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Series for his work as Huyang.
These awards represent the hard work of everyone who has worked on The Clone Wars' 5 seasons. Whether you worked on Clone Wars in the Bay Area, Singapore, Taipei, or Tokyo we all did this together.
Star Wars fans, your support and dedication to The Clone Wars helped champion our cause year after year. This win is for you as well, thank you from everyone at Lucasfilm, now let's celebrate!!
Oh, by the way happy belated Father's day George Lucas! Father of our favorite franchise. :)
And to you all!