The auteur told newspaper USA Today he had already started to develop the next Star Wars trilogy but understood it came with a decade-long commitment. Lucas said he originally wanted to finish Episode VII, release it in May 2015 and then sell the company afterward, said the report.
Lucas added Disney came along at the right time, and expressed interest. “It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself.
Time is more important to me than the money,” he said.
The only thing I regret is I never got to see (Star Wars). I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen.
The filmmaker expressed regret that he never shared the excitement and joy of movie-goers when the original trilogy started in 1977. “The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact that I never got to see it — I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen,” Lucas said. “The next one, I’ll be able to enjoy it like anybody else.” He plans to be first in line for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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I know many people who have panned Lucas for poor scripts and, very unfairly, the prequels episodes I to III. But, to me, he is still the guy — the only guy — who created a magical childhood for me. One that filled my head with galaxies, lightsabers, space adventures. He gave me the gift of imagination. Would you have preferred him to direct Episode VII?
Lucas is currently on tour promoting his animated musical Strange Magic.