Star Wars creator George Lucas recently discussed what life will be like now that his universe is in the hands of someone else, FOX News reports.
Now that the franchise is in the capable hands of Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas intends to focus on more personal films. Although me may be finished telling stories in a galaxy far, far away, the director isn’t completely done with filmmaking just yet.
“Mostly it will be philanthropy but I’m also going to make my own little personal films,” George Lucas explained. “I barely got ‘Red Tails’ into the theaters. The ones I’m working on now will never get into the theaters.”
As far as working on any of the upcoming Star Wars films, Lucas explained that he’s officially done with the franchise.
“I’ve turned [those decisions] over to a wonderful producer, Kathy Kennedy. She’s more than capable of taking [the franchise] and making it better than I did,” the director said.
As for the $4 billion Lucas received when Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars universe, the filmmaker intends to donate the vast majority of that sum to charity. Lucas explained his intentions in a press release on Wednesday.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy,” he stated.
Outside of the presidential election and Hurricane Sandy, Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm has been extremely big news. While many folks have been quick to criticize the deal, others believe this could be a new start for the Star Wars franchise.
“What an amazing world and legacy George Lucas has created — and it needs to continue in capable hands. I do think Disney is the best studio for the job and the fact that they brought in Kathleen Kennedy? I can’t imagine a better scenario. And 2015 can’t get here fast enough,” Machete director Robert Rodriquez told Entertainment Weekly.
Are you looking forward to the personal films George Lucas intends to direct?