George Lucas founded Lucasfilm in 1971 and since has branched out to create countless movies, cartoons, comics, and more. The franchise even led to the opening of Star Wars Galaxy Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. However, he hasn’t been involved much with the Star Wars universe since selling the franchise to Disney.
The creator of the Star Wars universe gave a summation of his reasons for selling the franchise:
“In 2012, I was 69. So the question was, ‘Am I going to keep doing this the rest of my life? Do I want to go through this again?’. Finally, I decided I’d rather raise my daughter and enjoy life for a while. I could have not sold Lucasfilm and gotten somebody to run the productions, but that isn’t retiring. On The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi I tried to stay out of the way but I couldn’t. I was there every day. I’m one of those micromanager guys and I can’t help it. So I figured I would forgo that, enjoy what I had and I was looking forward to raising my daughter. I’ve spent my life creating Star Wars, 40 years, and giving it up was very, very painful. But it was the right thing to do.”
It is well-known in the Star Wars community that fans are less-than-pleased with the content that has been created since Disney took over the franchise. Could Disney and George Lucas be willing to settle their differences by giving Lucas control over the next trilogy?
Some sources also say that Lucas wants to include Dave Filoni – the creator of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These rumors have not been confirmed and neither Lucas or Filoni have publicly stated their interest in this endeavor, but stay tuned.
In the meantime, George Lucas has expressed his surprise at not being consulted more for the recent trilogy:
“I thought I was going to have a little bit more to say about the next three because I’d already started them, but they decided they wanted to do something else. Things don’t always work out the way you want. Life is like that.”
What direction do you think Disney will take with the next major trilogy? Should the next saga include George Lucas for guidance? We’re sure the future sill be quite different. Especially now that we are seeing the franchise embrace a new direction upon completion of the Skywalker saga.
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