George Lucas reveals he originally planned to direct Star Wars: Episode VII himself
George Lucas has revealed that he originally wanted to direct Stars Wars: Episode VII himself.
Lucas has directed each of the six Star Wars films so far, but has no involvement in the new blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with JJ Abrams now in the director's chair.
In a new interview with USA Today, the director revealed that he had already started to develop the next three films when Disney offered to buy his company, with his original plan that he would first finish Episode VII, release it in May 2015 and then sell his company Lucasfilm afterwards.
Asked if he was missing being involved with the process of making the new film, he said: "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."
Lucas's new project Strange Magic, an animated adventure he has produced and conceived the story for, is released at the beginning of next month.
Loosely based on the plot of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the movie follows the adventures of some magical creatures including goblins, elves and fairies embarking on an epic battle over a powerful enchanted potion, all set to a soundtrack of pop songs from the last 60 songs.
Among the high-profile voice cast are Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio and Elijah Kelley.
The movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom, who recently directed the English language versions of anime hits The Wind Rises and From Up On Poppy Hill.
Strange Magic is released on February 11th in the UK, with the US release coming slightly earlier on January 23rd.