George Lucas received quite a large fan backlash when he released Star Wars: Episode I and the next two prequels were also criticised. However, Samuel L Jackson, who played Mace Windu, has defended George for the prequels, saying that he should be allowed to do whatever he wants with the Star Wars franchise.
Speaking to Total Film, Jackson said, “Us older guys who watched Episodes IV, V and VI were kinda too cold, especially for Episode I. Because Episode I was basically a kiddie movie. It’s about this little kid who gets to do all this fantastic sh*t. Little kids watch that and they’re like ‘Wow, I wish I could do this.’ And they love Jar Jar Binks, who all adults hated.”
He added, “But that’s what George [Lucas] was doing. George knows what George is doing. Everyone else can question it. Or we take possession of things in a certain way and go, ‘I don’t care if the creator is writing it; he has right to write that because he’s letting me down because that’s not the story I wanted him to tell.’ Let him tell the story he wants to tell.”
Samuel L Jackson is highly unlikely to appear in the new Star Wars movie, as his character was killed off in the prequels. Star Wars: Episode VII is currently being written and is eyeing up a release date sometime in 2015.