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Hiku said:

What I mean is, he didn't seem to care enough to keep creative control. It's easy to talk afterwards, especially if they didn't turn out in a way people wanted.
And fans often care a lot more than the creators. To an unhealthy degree even. Lucas can't answer questions in interviews about the lore that fans commonly can. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but he didn't strike me as particularly enthusiastic about the world he created.

Him wanting to work on new films is just a rumor though, isn't it? You said it with certainty, so I'm unsure.

Though it wouldn't be surprising if it happened since they seemingly did something similar when they booted Rian Johnsson and had JJ come back.

He said they're his babies, he loves Star Wars deeply. He gave up creative control because he felt unfit to continue the sequels after what happened with the prequels and felt confident that Disney would do them justice given how they treated their prior acquisitions, and their money power. But it turned out to be a complete disaster, to the point that he decided to "get back with his X" to fix things. I'm using his own metaphores.

It's not that it's easy to talk afterwards, the situation was aweful. The fans care, and it's not unhealthy at all. Thanks to them, Disney has decided to wake up and fix their problem. Thankfully the fans are there, and after this, I am certain that if another prequel situation happens again, they will thank Disney with glee that they fixed things. Because the sequel situation and the prequel situation are two different beasts, and the gap is huge. If they fixed the situation to a prequel level of quality, fans will be thankful.

Everything is rumor right now, but some rumors are more substantiated than others. I would say with high confidence that:

  • Kathleen Kennedy is out the door after she's done with her current work
  • John Favreau will be taking care of any mainline star wars movie coming up
  • George Lucas will be working closely with John Favreau as he did with the Clone Wars.

This is coming from reporters who are close to the sources.

Hiku said:

At a distance, you could chalk up the reception of the sequels as not reaching the height of the originals as well. But people's specific complaints about both the sequels and prequels are of course more nuanced than that. (Though personally I don't think anything comes close to how they messed up Luke in 7-8).

Exactly. The sequels were so bad, they destroyed their whole toy business, which if you heard Lucas, was his bread and butter.