George Lucas was planning on creating a ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ before selling the franchise to Disney.
According to reports, the original plan was to have Star Wars: Episode VII in theaters by May 2015.
From USA Today:
“My motivation has always been just doing what I want to do and making a movie that I think will be interesting, and that’s just been the way I’ve done it my whole life,” says Lucas, 70, who has been working on the “personal-ish” movie on the side for 15 years.
Lucas’ little girl was one of the reasons Lucas stepped away from Lucasfilm, the company he started in the 1970s. In the span of a year beginning in October 2012, he sold it to Disney for $4 billion, married Hobson in June 2013 and welcomed Everest (born via surrogate) two months later.
Lucas already started to develop the next three Star Wars films, but he knew a third trilogy was a 10-year commitment at least. He at first expected to finish Episode VII, release it in May 2015 and then sell the company afterward.
Since George Lucas has separated himself from the movies, the billionaire now has more time to spend watching films instead of making them. “The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact I never got to see it,” he said. “I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen. The next one, I’ll be able to enjoy it like anybody else.”