George Lucas: ‘Disney didn’t use my ideas for new ‘Star Wars’ movie’

'Star Wars' creator was working on a new trilogy before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012

George Lucas has revealed that Disney chose not to use his ideas for this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Earlier this month (January), the Star Wars creator recalled that he was working on a new trilogy of films before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012.

During a new interview with Cinema Blend, Lucas refused to give away specific details about the ideas he was working on, but admitted: “The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [that we’ll see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens].”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by JJ Abrams, is set for release on December 18 this year. Lucas admitted last month (December) that he hasn’t watched the film’s trailer.

The new Star Wars film takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. Plot details leaked online in August suggest the film will follow the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Abrams has also cast Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow.