Star Wars creator George Lucas has spoken about the painful decision to sell the Star Wars franchise, choosing his family over a new trilogy.
The 2012 sale of Lucasfilm to Disney will likely remain one of the biggest entertainment acquisitions ever for quite some time.
The company took little time trying to make the most of it too, producing five films, a TV show and now having an area modelled after it at Disneyland.
However, George, who decided to sell the company and the franchise for $4billion (£2.9bn) in 2012, has now opened up about that decision, revealing that it was an exceptionally hard one.
It appears that he had to make a choice between making a new trilogy or focusing on his family – and chose his family.
Speaking to the author Paul Duncan for his new book The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III 1999-2005, he revealed what went into the decision.
Duncan shared the except on Twitter where he said: ‘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’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’s a fascinating quote and one that is sure to have many fans thinking, ‘what if?’
Will we ever see the cliff notes of what Lucas was planning, or not? Many fans, regardless of how they feel about the latest trilogy, would be interested to hear the story George wanted to tell.
Credit: Original article published here.