There is no doubt that Star Wars is one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the creative mind of George Lucas, who was at the peak of his career thanks to the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. However, after these, the course of that galaxy far, far away took an unexpected path when the creator of Indiana Jones decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. 15 years after the premiere of Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith, the filmmaker reveals the true reasons for making that unexpected decision that definitely changed the fate of the entire intergalactic universe.
The confessions are deposited in the book The Star Wars Archives. 1999-2005 by Paul Duncan (via IndieWire) where George Lucas basically confesses that after the prequels he just wanted to lead a normal life and take care of his family.
“At that time, the next trilogy was beginning. I spoke to the actors and was starting to prepare. I was also about to have a daughter with my wife. It takes 10 years to make a trilogy. Episodes I to III ran from 1995 to 2005. He would still be working on episode IX. In 2012, he was 69 years old. So the question was, ‘Am I going to keep doing this for the rest of my life? Do I want to go through this again? ‘ Finally, I decided that I would rather raise my daughter and enjoy life for a while.«.
He even revealed that since the original Star Wars trilogy he thought about handing over the baton to someone entirely. However, he pointed out that he was never able to stay out of what he had created.
«He might not have sold Lucasfilm and got someone to direct the movies, but that’s not retiring. In The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi I tried to stay out of it, but couldn’t. I was there every day. Although they were friends of mine and did a great job, it was not the same as doing it. It was as if it had been taken from me. I knew it probably wouldn’t work again, that I would be frustrated. I’m one of those guys who micromanage and I can’t help it. So I thought I would give that up, enjoy what I had and was looking forward to raising my daughter. Also, I wanted to build a museum, which I had always wanted to do, so I thought: If I don’t do this now, I never will, ”he said.
Finally, George Lucas revealed that it was “very painful” to abandon everything he had built to usher in a new era with Mickey Mouse. The director added that he already had the consolidated plans for the next trilogy; however, Disney already had another path mapped out.
«I have spent my life creating Star Wars, 40 years, and leaving it was very painful, but it was what I had to do. I thought I would have something more to say about the next three movies because I had started with them, but they decided they wanted to do something else. Things don’t always work out the way you want, that’s life«.
Why did George Lucas sell Lucasfilm in 2012? He told me why in this excerpt from my new book Star Wars Archives Eps I-III. ”
Long ago, Bob Iger also joined the series of revelations around Star Wars and said, in his book titled Life’s Journey: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of Walt Disney, that George Lucas was not at all happy. with what they were doing with the franchise. Even after this situation it was reported that Lucas had not attended the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker, although it is unknown if his absence was of his own free will or did not receive an invitation to the event.
Despite all this, it is known that Disney has several plans reserved for Star Wars such as the next Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the Captain Cassian Andor series with Diego Luna, a series by the creator of Russian Doll and the film directed by Taika Waititi, among others. Also, the success of Star Wars remains thanks to The Mandalorian, a series that has become a phenomenon of Disney Plus.
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