Expectations are high and fans are curious and worried about the JJ Abrams take on the new Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens. From the beginning, any bit of information regarding this project has been full of surprises but no surprise is bigger than George Lucas admitting he was ready to direct Star Wars Episode 7 with the tentative release date of May 2015.
On an interview with USA Today for his latest movie 'Strange Magic', the director mentioned he had planned on coming up with a seventh movie and after that he would have sold Lucasfilm.
Though it is uncertain what the story would have entailed, Lucas attributes his backing out of the project to the 10-year commitment to creating a new trilogy and Disney's interest acquiring the franchise. It seems he didn't want to invest another decade into Star Wars and Disney showing such interest was the perfect timing.
It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself. The time is more important to me than the money.
While many got hung up on his latest comment on not even having seen the new teaser of Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens, Lucas admitted to being very excited to seeing the new film as a fan and not as the man behind the project.
The closest we will ever get to knowing what George Lucas's new Star Wars would have looked like is this spoof of the new trailer if he had directed.
In the meantime, his work is back on the big screen with the animated film 'Strange Magic' released in theaters on January 23.
JJ Abrams' [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), sadly, will take almost another year to be released, scheduled for December 18.
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