Gustavo Caballero/Getty ImagesGeorge Lucas with R2-D2.When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters this December, it will be directed by J.J. Abrams; however, that almost wasn’t the case.
While promoting his upcoming animated movie “Strange Magic,” creator George Lucas told the USA Today he originally planned to
direct and write the film.
The seventh installment would have kept “Star Wars” tradition with a May 2015 release. All previous films in the saga have also been released in May.
According to the USA Today, Lucas’s plan was to sell his company, Lucasfilm, after the release of the film.
Instead, Lucas sold his script treatments for the next three “Star Wars” films along with Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion.Getty ImagesGeorge Lucas with Bob Iger in 2011 at the grand opening of “Star Tours” in Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
One reason he decided against it was because the next trilogy of “Star Wars” films would be “a 10-year commitment at least,” and Lucas wants to make sure he has time to spend with his 17-month-old daughter, Everest.
Now, Lucas is currently serving as creative consultant on the future films.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.