Francis Ford CoppolaWith the release of the latest Star Wars films, fans of the [early] franchise are hoping that long-time king of nerd-dom J.J. Abrams can helm the ship to a far more interesting and suitable experience than the prequels did.

Indeed, many agree that George Lucas seems to have lost his touch when he made the second three Star Wars movie (which, of course, is the first three in the narrative timeline).
But Francis Ford Coppola, apparently, wants to give the one-time visionary director some credit.

Indeed, George Lucas did, at one time, have inspiring ideas about what moviemakers could actually do. The original Star Wars trilogy was a triumph in storytelling, in directing, and in movie making as a whole. It changed the way many made films—especially those without the money to buy or develop expensive technology.

Coppola, though, while talking with the press at the Marrakech International Film Festival, the celebrated Godfather director discussed his opinion on the future of cinema. Fortunately, he predicts that the next generation of artists will be part of “daring” experimentation in this field.
Of course they will; technology is highly accessible; and crowdfunding makes it easier to get better investment options.

But more importantly, this discussion led, obviously, to Coppola’s long-time friend-and-rival George Lucas; the conversation turning a little sour in regards to some Lucas’ choices.

Coppola responds with grace: “I think Star Wars, it’s a pity, because George Lucas was a very experimental crazy guy and he got lost in this big production and never got out of it. I still hope that he made so much money out of it that he will just make some little movies. He promises me that he will.”
Lets hope, then, he stays true to his roots.