Star Wars belongs to Disney. We know this. But we’ve never really known what George Lucas thought about the whole thing and how it interrupted his plans for the future of the galaxy far, far away…
Speaking to USA Today, Lucas has put straight a few things about the sale of Lucasfilm and put to rights a few ideas we all had about the events. Personally, I was sure he was writing Episode VII, VII and IX to make the deal more attractive to Disney (fair play) but it seems it’s not the case.
Lucas has already begun developing the new trilogy before the deal arose, it seems. He planned to make VII and then sell the company so someone could come along and finish the story, but Disney appeared before that happened: “It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself.”
It seems he was reluctant because he knew a new trilogy was a ten year commitment and he has a daughter now with wife Melody Hobson (Everest Lucas was born via surrogacy in 2013) who he wants to devote all his time to: “The time is more important to me than the money.”
A bonus of having a back seat this time out is that he gets to enjoy the movies like everyone else: “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.”
Curiously, this actually backs up a comment he made a while back (here) when it turned out he hadn’t watched the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The cast for Episode VII includes Pip Anderson, Crystal Clarke, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
Source: USA Today via Star Wars Underworld