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‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas says he sold Lucasfilm to spend more time with family

Why did George Lucas sell Lucasfilm to Disney? He did it for his family.

George Lucas, director of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” poses at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, Calif.
George Lucas, director of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” poses at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, Calif.
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“Star Wars” creator George Lucas recently revealed why he decided to sell the rights to the franchise and Lucasfilm to Disney.

What’s going on?

Lucas said in the new book “The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III 1999-2005” that he found the “Star Wars” franchise to be taxing on his family life. So he decided to sell it to Disney in order to gain time back.

  • “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,” Lucas said in the book. “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 could have not sold Lucasfilm and gotten somebody to run the productions, but that isn’t retiring.”

Author Paul Duncan shared the details in a tweeted screenshot of the book, which is not available yet.

More from Lucas

Lucas actually revealed a few more details about the prequel trilogy in this new book, explaining how he thought the prequel and sequel trilogies would play out, among other notes.

Lucas defended the decision to start the prequel trilogy with trade disputes, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Lucas also said he expected Darth Maul to return for the sequel trilogy to run a crime unit that spread throughout the galaxy, as I explained for the Deseret News.