George Lucas hasn’t directed a film since 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, but there’s a reason he’s been reluctant to step back unto the breach.
“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” Lucas said in a new interview with Vanity Fair. “And people try to make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it. You know, it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment. You can’t do anything. You have to do it a certain way. I don’t like that, I never did.”
As Lucas explained, he started out doing “experimental films” and hoped to go back into that space again in the future. “But of course no one wants to see experimental films,” he said. “I will be directing movies, but not movies generally that will be shown anywhere.”
Lucas has expressed this interest before, notably during the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring. There, he told Stephen Colbert that he considered himself an experimental filmmaker. “I’m tired of all the people saying you’re going to go back. I’ve always wanted to do it,” he said of his future plans.