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George Lucas reveals why he sold off Lucasfilm and left Star Wars Universe

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George Lucas has finally revealed his reasons for selling off Lucasfilms and left the Star Wars universe.

The father of one of the most famous franchises in the world said he wanted to spend his last years raising his daughter and that the direction the films in the new Disney trilogy took moved away from his original vision.

In 2012, George Lucas made a decision that shook the entertainment world: he sold his Lucasfilms company to Disney, which he founded in 1971 and which gave science fiction cinema one of its most famous sagas, Star Wars.

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Since then, cinematic content from the Star Wars universe has been reproduced like never before. Disney activated its production machine and, thanks to a bottomless wallet, has since produced five films, a live-action series, two animated series and a themed amusement park.

Enough to keep fans happy? Well, not entirely, because many fans of the original saga have explained that his stamp is missed in most Disney productions, also wondering why this acclaimed director and filmmaker decided to step aside and deliver his creation.

Now that question has an answer. In his recent book “Star Wars Archive: Ep I-III,” writer Paul Duncan interviewed Lucas himself and asked why he made the decision. And he shared the answer on twitter:

“ At that time the next trilogy was beginning; I spoke to the actors and was beginning 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, and he was 69 years old. So the question was, will I 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. ”

The director claims that although he had a vision for the three new episodes, and had started working on them at the time the company sold, Disney decided to take another path.

“ I thought I was going to have a little more to say about the next three chapters because I had 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 ”, he stated.

Those new films ended up being called “The Awakens of the Force” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017), and “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019); but there have also been others that were conceived entirely by Disney -although based on Lucas’s characters and universe- such as Rogue One (2016) and Han Solo (2019). And more are on the way.

But Lucas acknowledges that he would not have been able to stay close to the new productions, as his micro-management style would have plunged him into a work rhythm that was precisely what he wanted to avoid in order to focus on his family.

“ I could not have sold Lucasfilm and got someone to direct the productions, but that doesn’t mean retiring . In “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”, I tried to stay out of the way but couldn’t. I was there every day. Although the people were friends of mine and did a great job, it was not the same as when I did it. It was as if I had been erased. I knew it probably wouldn’t work again, that I would be frustrated ”

That something, that special touch of Lucas’ original work, seems to have finally been found by Disney with The Mandalorian, a series that is being acclaimed by fans old and new alike.

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