January 13, 2015
George Lucas On Leaving 'Star Wars': 'Time Is More Important' Than Money

George Lucas admits that he originally planned to make Star Wars: Episode VII on his own, but had a change of heart.

During an interview to promote his upcoming animated film, Strange Magic, George Lucas was able to open up and talk about what led him to making the big decision to walk away from his Star Wars plans and sell his company to Disney.

"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."
When speaking about time, Lucas was referring to the new Star Wars trilogy that he was in the early stages of planning, beginning with Episode 7.

This confirms what Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (also known as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia) stated in past interviews about being contacted directly by George about reprising their roles long before Lucasfilm was ever sold.

Even though Lucas was undoubtedly excited about picking up where he left off decades ago with the original Star Wars trilogy, his personal goals of starting a family with his now-wife were far more important.

Making a trilogy that would likely take at least ten years to develop from start to finish would not have been very compatible with his family goals, so he put his family first.

George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion, got married, and had a child.

In an interview with USA Today, Lucas was able to express his one regret when it comes to his journey over the years to a galaxy far, far away.

"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. The next one, I'll be able to enjoy it like anybody else."
That's right! For the first time in nearly 40 years, the J.J. Abrams-directed film Star Wars: The Force Awakens allows George Lucas to fully enjoy a Star Wars movie as a loyal fan of the franchise, along with millions of other moviegoers.

Keep in mind that, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, George Lucas even admitted to not having yet seen the first teaser trailer for the new movie.

Therefore, it is clear that George Lucas does not want anything to rob him of this golden opportunity to enjoy the franchise that he created from scratch decades ago from a brand new perspective finally.

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