Lucas Was to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Before Lucasfilm Sale

January 13, 2015
Source: USA Today

George Lucas

If you're one of those fans who is glad that George Lucas isn't messing with Star Wars anymore, you can count your lucky stars that the creator of the galaxy far, far away changed his mind from what he originally had planned to continue the sci-fi saga. USA Today recently interviewed Lucas in an effort to build some excitement for Lucasfilm's animated release Strange Magic, and inevitably the conversation turned to Star Wars. Obviously, Lucas isn't involved with The Force Awakens, so they didn't talk about that, but Lucas did reveal that he originally wanted to direct Episode VII for a May 2015 release before he sold Lucasfilm.

That's right, Lucas would have directed Star Wars: Episode VII first, and then walked away from the franchise and sold the company after that. This makes sense since Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher previously mentioned that Lucas had spoken to them about coming back for Episode VII before Disney picked up Lucasfilm and hired J.J. Abrams to direct Episode VII. Disney came around at a time when Lucas realized that if he embarked on a new trilogy, it would be hard to walk away after the first film, and that would be another 10-year commitment. And spending time with his family was more important:

"It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself. The time is more important to me than the money."

Lucas and his wife made plans to have another kid, and the prospect of a new trilogy, especially at his age, was just too daunting. And the rest is recent history. So does George Lucas have any regrets about walking away? It doesn't seem like it, and in fact, he's actually excited to experience the world he created as an outsider, "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." We'll be right there with you this winter, George. And don't forget you can watch Lucas chat with Robert Redford at Sundance later this month.

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  • Steven
    I love the universe he's created, but he can't direct for.....
  • OfficialJab
    I would have been fine with it, as long as there were more dialogue editing.
  • Eggyweggs
    Somebody, somewhere, in an alternate universe, is sitting in the cinema watching Lucas' Episode 7 and crying uncontrollably.
  • I think his current role, as an advisor/caretaker, is perfect. The universe is too big for just one brain... thanks for creating it George, now let us explore it through others eyes.
  • earthlingdave
    Lucas has become a genius at finding just the right way to say something to achieve maximum dickishness. Whether it's dismissing the Force Awakens trailer by saying he hasn't watched it, and he'll try to get around to seeing the movie when it comes out, or his latest comment here. What a strange strange man he's become. I'm glad he introduced Star Wars to the world, but thank god he no longer has control of the property.
  • Tester
    I have no regrets.. that Lucas walked away
  • RAW_D
    Well looks like we dodged THAT blaster shot.................................................................................................................................................................................................yeah... that was stupid =/
  • Xerxexx
    best outcome really.
  • Bruiser
    And the world dodged a bullet
  • Disney shot first.
  • ari smulders
    thank god!! the phantom menace was a total screw up and needs a remake! But thanks George for giving me a nice time in my younger days!
    Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda..
  • Mike Zarquon
    I believe Disney had made the right move. George Lucas is from the old school directors from the 1970s and 1980s. I think he was just fortunate to make his first Star Wars film in 1976. He got lucky. No one was interested in epic space battles with unusual characters on a grand scale. That's why Dune wasn't able to be financed by any major studios.




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