Empire Producer Gary Kurtz Reflects On Where It All Went Wrong
This year is the 30th anniversary of â€œThe Empire Strikes Back,â€ the â€œStar Warsâ€ sequel that many fans consider the pinnacle moment in a franchise that has pulled in $16 billion in box office and merchandising. But 1980 was also the year that Kurtz and Lucas realized the Jedi universe wasnâ€™t big enough for the both of them.
â€œI could see where things were headed,â€ Kurtz said. â€œThe toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. Itâ€™s a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. Itâ€™s natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but thatâ€™s not the best thing for making quality films. The first film and â€˜Empireâ€™ were about story and character, but I could see that Georgeâ€™s priorities were changing.â€
Read more Lucas-bashing from Kurtz at the LA TIMES while I go play with my toys.
Oh, and in a related story, here is a link to the “Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom” Show from Disney’s Last Tour to Endor event.