After inventing the “Star Wars” universe and creating a six-movie franchise about the fight for domination between Jedi Knights and the dark Galactic Empire, George Lucas realized that a clean break was in order. For the franchise to live on, he’d have to let go.

Lucas will receive a Kennedy Center Honor on Dec. 6, and ahead of the big event, he spoke to the Post’s Hank Stuever at the 71-year-old writer-director-producer’s Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. There, he gave some insight into his feelings about letting go of “Star Wars,” cutting ties with the new production and seeing the upcoming release of “The Force Awakens,” which debuts Dec. 18.

Lucas had no part in the making of “The Force Awakens”

Lucas wasn’t a regular on set; he didn’t serve as a consultant; he wasn’t a sounding board for Episode VII’s director, J.J. Abrams.

“There is no such thing as working over someone’s shoulder,” Lucas said. “I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make
them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — J.J. has a vision, and it’s his vision.”

As of two weeks ago, Lucas hadn’t even seen the movie

Not even a speck of footage. And given that he hasn’t really used the Internet since 2000, it’s fair to say he probably isn’t poring over poster images and trailers, either.

That being said, Abrams is notoriously secretive when it comes to his movies. Even the press isn’t getting an advance peek of “The Force Awakens.”

Disney wasn’t too keen on Lucas’s vision for the next episodes

According to Lucas, Disney “decided they didn’t like” the stories the filmmaker floated for the next episodes. Since selling Lucasfilm Ltd., to Disney three years ago for a mind-boggling $4 billion, Lucas has had no part in the upcoming movies or related theme parks.

Lucas compares cutting ties with “Star War” to a different kind of traumatic experience

“I call it like a divorce,” he said.

He still plans to see the movie, though

His metaphorical “divorce” will make seeing “The Force Awakens” a little like attending a grown child’s wedding — bittersweet, maybe even awkward. But that won’t stop him from checking out Episode VII.

“I gotta go to the wedding,” he said. “My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that I made.”

George Lucas is a pioneering filmmaker who redefined how films are made. (Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post)

The deep breaths must be working: He’s already found a silver lining.

“I never got to see the spaceship come over [in 1977],” he said. “I never got that experience that everyone else got to have. I never got to see ‘Star Wars.’ So this time I’m going to.”