George Lucas was working on new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney

'Star Wars' creator sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion in 2012

George Lucas was working on new Star Wars films before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012.

The Star Wars creator revealed in a new interview with USA Today that he had started to develop a new trilogy of Star Wars films before the $4 billion (£2.7 billion) deal was finalised in December 2012. Lucas’s original plan was to finish the first film, release it in May 2015 and then sell his company.

However, Lucas, 70, insisted he had no regrets about selling Lucasfilm when he did, saying: “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.”

Disney is now preparing to begin its own Star Wars trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by JJ Abrams, which is set for release on December 18, 2015. 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. Lucas, who is now retired, contributed to its story.

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 and British actress Christina Chong.