The whole thing is interesting to me. I'm also in the camp that believes that George sold the company. He made his $4 billion. If the story treatments or the direction of the franchise meant that much to him, he should have gotten certain assurances in writing. The fact that he didn't, leads me to believe he didn't care that much at the time. I think it's only since he's seen the new movies on the screen that his pride has kicked in. But, I think it's fair to discuss how we got here. By the late 2000's, you had George, as a filmmaker, beaten down into semi retirement. Despite the revisionist history on the internet, the PT was just as divisive in the late 90's to mid 00's as the ST is now. You had fewer outlets for fans to weigh in, but I was on this message board and I honestly don't see much difference between the reaction now vs. then. You had actors multiple actors in the saga pushed to mental breakdown over the way their characters were savaged. That's why I have a hard time with fans online acting shocked and outraged towards Disney based on what's in Iger's biography. I've seen grown men weeping in youtube videos talking about how Disney did George wrong. I've seen some say things like "time has vindicated the prequels." I'm sorry, but that's pure backpedaling to me. I've said it in other places, but I firmly believe that the stylistic choices in the ST were a direct response to the prequl backlash. So, with the true reactions to the prequels in mind, why would Disney want to commit to using George's treatments? I remember the day Lucasfilm was sold and the celebration online. The number of posts saying "Disney makes great movies. Look at Marvel. It's time to get some fresh blood in there. Time has passed George by..." If you'd asked me back then, I would have been shocked had they used George's complete treatments. I would have argued they'd do exactly what they've done: use bits and pieces here and there. Bottom line: we've gotten the sequel trilogy we deserve....for better or worse. I've thoroughly enjoyed the sequel trilogy, but we've influenced the stylistic choices they've made every step of the way. The Prequels weren't well received. So, we got TFA as a nostalgia piece that in many ways is a reimagining of A New Hope. When that was pointed out, we got something more intentionally divisive for the second act. Now, the 3rd act may be a course correction again based on fan response.