George Lucas was planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 and then sell Lucasfilm
George Lucas washed his hands of Star Wars when Disney bought Lucasfilm, but prior to the acquisition, he had been developing his own version of what might have been Episodes 7 through 9, he said in an interview with USA Today.
Lucas sold the the company he founded in 1971 to Disney for $4.05 billion in October 2012. At the time, he had already begun developing the third Star Wars trilogy, but knew it would require at least a 10-year commitment. In Lucas' initial plans, he would release Star Wars Episode 7 in May 2015, and then sell Lucasfilm.
Instead, Disney stepped in. Lucas felt like it was the right time; he told USA Today that his daughter Everest, now 17 months old, is one of the reasons he sold. Letting go of Lucasfilm allowed...