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Francis Ford Coppola says George Lucas ‘got lost’ in ‘Star Wars’

Jury President U.S. film director Francis Ford Coppola attends the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival opening ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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Francis Ford Coppola at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival opening ceremony.

Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola said in an interview with Screen Daily that George Lucas’s involvement with “Star Wars” is a “pity.” Coppola is currently at the Marrakech International Film Festival, where he was named president of the jury.

“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,” he said.

Coppola and Lucas share a long history. Lucas’s first two films, “THX 1138” and “American Graffiti,” were produced by Coppola’s company American Zoetrope. They’ve been known as friends ever since, and have worked together on multiple projects, including Coppola’s “The Godfather” and “Apocolypse Now.” Lucas told the American Film Insitute in 2009 that Coppola taught him “everything about writing and directing.”

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Coppola told Screen Daily that he hopes Lucas will return to smaller films.

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“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,” he said.

Lucas sold his production company LucasFilm to Disney in 2012 for $4.05 billion.