George Lucas and Jon Favreau Hate The Last Jedi

Kamran Pasha Reveals Neither Lucas Nor Favreau Have Love For The Mouse's Handling Of Star Wars

Having a distaste for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is a far stone’s throw away from being unheard of. Within The Fandom Menace (our own community’s moniker being a play on words of one of the franchise’s films), it’s sort of our thing. And while we might be known for far more than merely our collective vilification of the second entry in the Disney sequel trilogy, it is one of our most highlighted facets. However, in the end, we are just fans. But that is the problem at its most fundamental level, is it not? We are the fans; we are those who spend enough money on these franchises we love and hold dear to fund Coruscant. Every now and again, we get a little loud, and perhaps even a bit rowdy, especially when we are hoping for our choral outcry to be heard, taken heed of, and respected. Yet still, we are only the fandom, and not every owner of a given franchise possesses the desire to acquiesce to what we want to see and for which we will happily pay. But sometimes a spark is ignited, which can invigorate a new hope within us. That spark can come in the form of those who initially created the things we love voicing their own disdain for what it has become.

 

On a live stream on the Geeks + Gamers YouTube channel, Jeremy Griggs interviewed Hollywood filmmaker and novelist Kamran Pasha, who has written episodes for Sleeper Cell, Nikita, Reign, and Roswell, New Mexico. Pasha stated that multiple people who know George Lucas personally have said to him that the creator of the Star Wars franchise hated The Last Jedi.

 

I do have people who know George Lucas personally and well, who have said to me that he hates The Last Jedi, and he’s horrified by what’s happened.”

Jeremy would go on to ask for any further information regarding Lucas’ thoughts on Disney’s handling of the Star Wars franchise as a whole, and Kamran offered this:

 

I’ve heard the most about The Last Jedi because he’s been vocal on it. So when I started getting people to talk to me privately, someone who I will not identify – someone who I know has very deep roots inside of Lucasfilm today and the George Lucas camp, as in personal relationship with Lucas himself, have said to me that Lucas has said privately, that he feels The Last Jedi – and to use the actual word, was ‘…soulless. It lacks a soul,’ and that he was so shocked.”

 

Pasha would continue to reiterate what George Lucas himself has said in interviews regarding The Force Awakens, and it having felt “recycled.” He also noted the likelihood of there existing a non-disparagement clause within the multi-billion-dollar contract that he signed when he sold the property to Disney, which would prohibit him from saying anything publicly that could bring down the value of the IP. While longtime fans have long surmised that Lucas is not a fan of what Disney has done with his baby, this news gives all of that gravity. But Pasha would go on to reveal an even larger truth: that Jon Favreau is also not a fan of how Disney has handled Star Wars up to this point.

 

I’ve never revealed this publicly. I have a friend who’s very close with Jon Favreau and has worked on several of his movies. And this is what he said to me; I don’t know Jon Favreau, he said to me that ‘Jon Favreau hates The Last Jedi.’…He said to me recently – we had lunch before all of the lockdowns happened, he said to me that John has told him – what he claims, again this is coming from a friend who has worked on Favreau’s productions in his inner circle multiple times. And he said to me that Favreau told him that once he saw The Last Jedi, he realized that Star Wars was out of control and that he actively lobbied to get involved in it because he’s a fan and he wanted to save the franchise. That it wasn’t just that Lucasfilm went out to him, but he started saying, ‘Guys, I could help with this. You guys are on the wrong track.’ That’s what he says to me – I believe it.” 

 

Jeremy would comment on this not having come out publicly before, noting that in Hollywood, you “have to play the game to play the game.” And Pasha would expound further on that, saying, “Don’t be surprised, in this environment, if someone asked Favreau to make a political comment, blah blah blahdy-blah, and he says exactly what the SJWs want to hear because he’s gotta protect himself. So I don’t wanna hear this crap of, ‘Favreau said this – he’s an SJW!’ What else is he gonna say, man? In this environment? What’s he gonna say?”

So, say what you will about the redeeming qualities, or lack thereof, of The Mandalorian, but Jon Favreau’s passion and love for the Star Wars franchise is above reproach. And, for what it’s worth and despite having some glaring flaws within the canon, the Disney+ series was a step in the right direction. The onus is now on Favreau’s and Filoni’s hands to continue making steps on that path. Be sure to check out Kamran Pasha’s work on kamranpasha.com, and check out the entire live stream on our Geeks and Gamers Live YouTube channel!

Comments (25)

June 16, 2020 at 5:43 am

He can say whatever he has to say to keep his job. If, however, his work begins to reflect SJW values, then his true feelings no longer matter. Now, so far, his work does NOT reflect SJW values, so he’s in the clear for now. But we should be keeping our eyes on him.

    June 16, 2020 at 8:10 am

    While I can understand the sentiment, I’d beware of thinking along those lines. It’s important to use the context of someone’s history and actions into perspective before raining any measure of character judgment against them. His work has shown where his heart is at, and while there is certainly room for that to be incorrect, he’s had ample time to show his “SJW colors” if he had them.

      June 16, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Oh, I’m not questioning his heart. That seems obvious. If the SJWs can only force him to say some stupid things and his work remains good, that’s fine. If, however, the SJWs gain the ability to make him infect his work with their nonsense, then his heart no longer matters. He’s compromised and he won’t be able to save Star Wars even if he wants to.

    June 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Of course he hates it, all that sjw garbage!

June 16, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Love the article and love how you covered this right away!!! Keep up the great work Andrew and the rest of the writing team!! Much love!!

June 16, 2020 at 1:50 pm

One thing I noticed while watching The Mandalorian is that there weren’t direct ties to the Disney Trilogy. Assuming that he really hates TLJ, we are in good hands. I think season 2 will be great!

June 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Not sure anyone here is suprised at this news but it’s nice to hear :)

    June 17, 2020 at 3:53 am

    To me this is just heresay from a low-level industry guy, so I don’t take it seriously.

June 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm

I’m not a huge fan of star wars but I love the mandalorian I’m so into that show I just hope they don’t cancel the show because of these statements..

    June 17, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Great article, Andrew! All of this only confirms that there is indeed a civil war within the halls at Lucasfilm between the Lucas loyalists and Mrs. Kennedy’s butt lickers.

      June 18, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Thank you! It’s second-hand information, but given coming out with it can’t exactly positively affect Pasha’s career, I don’t see how he’d have any reason to lie. And we fans have long speculated that Lucas himself isn’t pleased anyways.

June 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm

It shouldn’t come as a surprise if this is the case. Mr Lucas developed Star Wars during the ‘unenlightened’ times of the 70s. Strange how many people of ALL walks resonate with it and did so generationally.
Throw in social justice theology and Star Wars disintegrates both in story-telling and popularity. I would have thought such regressive moves the antithesis of creativity, but it would seem those in charge clearly do not care and perhaps harbour other agendas.
Either way, anyone passionate about creativity in art will see current moves like a house on a hill-top, ablaze !! Is Mr Lucas prepared to see his passion project go up in smoke ? I guess we will see…

June 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

It is not a surprise to any longtime Star Wars fan that George hates that movie. TLJ is a mockery.

    June 17, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Absolutely!

    June 18, 2020 at 9:34 am

    #FACTS

    I think most longtime fans if they’re honest with themselves, look at Disney’s handling of the franchise as a whole and want to collectively vomit.

June 17, 2020 at 3:56 am

Very interesting article and video. Sounds pretty accurate I would think, especially concerning Lucas.

    June 17, 2020 at 9:08 am

    To the shock of absolutely no one…I can imagine how depressed Lucas must be watching his creations systematically eliminated in the most humiliating way possible.

    June 18, 2020 at 9:38 am

    The George stuff is easy to take as accurate, at face value anyways, since he’s already made public comments (which he got in trouble for due to the non-disparagement clause) before in interviews. The Jon Favreau stuff seems reasonable enough as well, and one needs only to look at the heart that is put into The Mandalorian to believe it to be true, even if that show is flawed.

June 17, 2020 at 4:57 am

Hope Lucas do destroy nu Disney from the inside. Star Wars will have a comback arc, watch it.

June 17, 2020 at 8:03 am

He revealed what he thinks about Disney’s Star Wars since he called them “white slavers” years ago.

June 17, 2020 at 10:00 am

Jeremy you’ve inspired me so much, hail G&G!!

June 17, 2020 at 11:18 am

God, I can’t even imagine how George must feel when he sees what Disney has done to his creation, even though it is technically his fault for selling it to them in the 1st place.

    June 18, 2020 at 9:36 am

    He sold it off when he wanted to wash his hands of it, after being berated for years by prequel haters. I think it was a mistake on his part, but I also don’t think anyone legitimately predicted cray cray KK’s complete and utter destruction of it.

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