George Lucas: ‘Star Wars’ stood on the shoulders of ‘Star Trek’

July 09, 2013 | 2:27 p.m.

The documentary “Trek Nation” chronicles Rod Roddenberry’s personal journey to explore the importance of the legendary sci-fi franchise dreamed up by his father Gene.

The film comes to DVD on Tuesday, and among the bonus materials included in the release is an interview with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas talking about the important role “Star Trek” played in paving the way for his own space opera.

“‘Star Trek’ softened up the entertainment arena so that ‘Star Wars’ could come along and stand on its shoulders,” Lucas said in an interview — Hero Complex readers can check out a clip from the conversation above.

A number of other genre luminaries, Stan Lee and J.J. Abrams among them, speak on camera about the legacy of “Star Trek” on the double disc DVD, which also includes home movies from the Roddenberry estate and a featurette celebrating “Trek” fans.

The “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” universes, of course, are coming together via Abrams, who, after directing two “Trek” features, is now gearing up to helm “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which will be written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3.”

Lucas is expected to serve as a creative consultant on the new movie.

— Gina McIntyre

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27 Responses to George Lucas: ‘Star Wars’ stood on the shoulders of ‘Star Trek’

  1. The Real Kirk says:

    Oh great. The screenplay for the next Star Wars film is going to be written by some clown that writes kiddie films. Yep, I can't wait to see this train wreck.

    • andy says:

      What do you think Star Wars is? A literary classic?

    • The Realer Kirk says:

      "Little Miss Sunshine" is not a kiddie film. Your ignorance of film invalidates your opinion.

    • Guest-writer says:

      Arndt won an Academy Award for writing "Little Miss Sunshine," which was not a kiddie film. Nor is "Toy Story 3" a kiddie film, either (Arndt was also nominated for that film, too). Look a the facts before making ignorant comments next time.

    • cadavra says:

      "Little Miss Sunshine" is a kiddie movie? Good Lord…

    • Kirk Isn't Real says:

      As if Star Wars has been anything other than a Children's Space Fantasy series since A New Hope.

    • DrakkosInfinium says:

      Disney has gotten gorier( Bad guy is a cannibal in "Lone Ranger" and the soul tormentor Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean , which has cannibals cooking and eating sailors too!!!) and even has adult sexual themes running amuck all over in this age of reality tv and movie adaptations of graphic fantasy novels and comics.Where the hell have you been, under a rock for the last 10 years.

  2. IAN says:

    Lucas also stood on the shoulders of the ultra-corporatized and vertically integrated studio system that mass marketed his fantasy pap (previously the realm of "B" movies and comic books). Lucas and Spielberg signaled the end of Hollywood's second golden age in the 1970s, when more interesting and grown up artistic vision and discourse took place in American screens (but no ancillary products, I know…)

    • DMG says:

      It was less Lucas and a run of hubristic excesses by a few filmmakers. Heaven's Gate basically killed United Artists. Martin Scorsese had New York, New York, which while a good film didn't exactly break the box office. Coppola essentially bankrupted American Zoetrope with One from the Heart. The studios were and are businesses that attempt to sell what the public wants. The public wasn't buying the new stuff from the 70's mavericks and thus they got shelved. Whether this was good for the art could be argued, but it seems overly simplistic to lay the blame at the feet of Spielberg and Lucas.

  3. meesa stillhurting says:

    Toy Story 3 was surprisingly full of heart. I thought it was the best one yet. There was some serious writing and plot development in that "kiddie film". If Michael Arndt brings his A game, which I'm sure he will, I don't see a problem with the story at all. I'm expecting the next Star Wars movie will be so incredibly awesome that it has the potential to actually erase all memories of Jar Jar Binks from any who see it.

    • Shawna the Hutt says:

      Amen! Couldn’t of said it better myself. And(as being one of the biggest FanBoys in this universe) I feel I should point out, even though episode I-III were poorly writen, the gave us Lucas Hounds stuff we NEVER had before Darth Maul, Battle Droids, fast paced jedi battles, DOUBLE BLADDED LIGHTSABERS!! I mean, COME ON!! How lame would KOTOR have been if you couldn’t use a double blade. And I feel with GL giving advice and not directing, we’re in store for some new cool stuff

    • wwookie666 says:

      I still see nothing wrong with Jar Jar Binks.

  4. miscreantsall says:

    Finally, from the Master of Star Wars, acknowledgment of Star Trek!

  5. ffolkes says:

    Let's not have some supercillious basement-dwellers wax poetic here. Lucas simply made a righteous comment. If Star Trek had not paved the way, then we'd not have had Star Wars, a space drama based on the old Saturday movie serials. That's it.

  6. paul says:

    They have a whole series of books they can use and George is providing input into this. I believe this can go further and be more successful than Star Wars I thru III. Let’s be honest, those three could have told that back story in one movie. Moving forward, there’s still some real storytelling opportunities.

  7. StarFuryG7 says:

    If you’re hoping for a “Star Wars” film as dark as “Revenge of the Sith”, which at the time of its release was said to be ‘too scary for kids’, forget about it. Disney now owns “Star Wars”, so you’ll never get a movie that wicked again.

  8. Sophie says:

    My reaction to this quote? Uh, no it didn't. The only thing Star Trek and Star Wars have in common is that they are both science fiction. Star Wars is everything that Star Trek isn't. Thank God for that. It took a Star Wars fan (JJ Abrams) to breathe life back into Star Trek.

  9. Speaker-to-Animals says:

    …the way a child stands on the shoulders of an adult. Most apt.

  10. Charles says:

    Can't there ever be a article about George Lucas and Star Wars without all the pointless bickering?

  11. mrguest says:

    Thought kidde films were illegal!? *grin* sorry…

    Hoping Lucas' influence is very limited in this new one… the only kidde influence is Lucas himself who gave us jar jar and so many other muppet-like scarifications starting with episode vi

  12. Trek > Wars
    From the horses mouth!

  13. jesh says:

    star wars didn't stand on star trek's shoulders and if it did then it broke star treks shoulder because we all know that star wars is a 1000000 times better than star trek.

  14. Hotdog says:

    I can’t let jesh have the last word….s/he is wrong.

    Define better? Without so many 000000hs

    Lucas speaks. Listen.

    Star Wars vs Star Trek… Separate but equal.

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