Several years after selling off Lucasfilm to Disney for just over $4 billion, filmmaker George Lucas is out doing promotion for the upcoming animated film “Strange Magic” and revealed that the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” might have looked very different had he followed his original plan for the franchise.
Speaking with USA Today, Lucas says he originally had already developed a new trilogy of movies and was intending to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” himself for a May 2015 release. He would then sell his company afterwards.
So why did he change his mind? It wasn’t the money on offer he says: “The time is more important to me than the money.”
The sell off also means he finally, for the first time in his life, gets to be an audience member for the series: “The only thing I really regret about ‘Star Wars’ is the fact I never got to see it – I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen. The next one, I’ll be able to enjoy it like anybody else.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits cinemas on December 18th.