‘Strange Magic’ hit theaters on Jan. 23, and the animated musical is getting a ton of buzz. Prior to the premiere, we chatted EXCLUSIVELY with the film’s writer George Lucas– yes, that George Lucas!
You may have heard of George Lucas because he’s a living legend. His new film, Strange Magic, looks to be carrying on George’s incomparable legacy, but it didn’t come together over night. HollywoodLife.com chatted exclusively with the amazingly talented writer at the a screening of the film held by Lucasfilm, Touchstone Pictures and The Cinema Society, and he told us about the film’s impressive 15-year process!
‘Strange Magic’: How Does George Lucas Look At It? A Rubix Cube
It’s somewhat well known that animated films take a while to produce, but the 15 years that went into Strange Magic, the new film based upon William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is somewhat unheard of.
When discussing the arduous process of putting the movie together, George likened it to another trying puzzle. “It’s like a Rubix Cube,” he said. “It took 15 years– it’s not an easy process!”
His hard work appears as though it paid off though, and George looks forward to sharing the story with children and adults of all ages– especially in his own family!
“I have one daughter that’s 33, one daughter that’s 26, and one granddaughter that’s 18 months,” George said. “So I have all generations in one family.” How sweet that he can share the film with his own children!
George Lucas Didn’t Read His Own Stories To His Children
Sharing stories with his daughters is nothing new, though. George said that, when his kids were young, they loved another classic tale.
“My daughters loved The Wizard of Oz, so I would read The Wizard of Oz to them every night.”
Okay, new life goal: have George Lucas read us The Wizard of Oz.
Strange Magic boasts one of the most stellar casts in recent memory– particularly because they all have to sing! Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood and Maya Rudolph are just some of the major names lending their voices to the fantasy comedy.
Are you guys heading out to see Strange Magic?
— Written by Casey Mink, Interview by Emily Longeretta