‘Star Wars’ Creator George Lucas Explains Why He Sold Lucasfilm

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Star Wars creator George Lucas opened up about why he decided to move on from the franchise and sold Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012.

October 30, 2012 will go down as a day long remembered by Star Wars fans due to the announcement of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm and Episode VII. Years later and several new films released, Star Wars is once again at a much different place with the franchise now moving towards television thanks to the massive success of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus.

Before George Lucas decided to move on from Star Wars, he was heavily involved in crafting the sequel trilogy. Some ideas would eventually be used in the new films while others were scrapped in favor of something more in-line with the original trilogy. A now-retired Lucas explained in the new book, The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, why he ultimately sold the company:

“At that time, I was starting the next trilogy; I talked to the actors and I was starting to gear up. I was also about to have a daughter with my wife. It takes 10 years to make a trilogy — Episodes I to III took from 1995 to 2005,. In 2012 I was 69. 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 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.”

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Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!

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Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.