Filmmaker George Lucas
Filmmaker George Lucas looks on during the opening of Lucasfilm's new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler, in Singapore January 16, 2014. Reuters/Edgar Su

George Lucas recently revealed that he initially wanted to direct "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." In an interview he also claimed he had wanted to sell his company after making the movie.

USA Today caught up with the filmmaker while on his promotional tour for his musical animation "Strange Magic." Subsequently, the conversation led to his talent in spearheading the "Star Wars" saga. In the interview, Lucas revealed he had started working on a new trilogy originally, but knew that a third one would mean a "10-year commitment at least." He even initially planned on releasing the seventh installment, now titled "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," in May 2015 then sell the company afterward. However, Disney came into the picture sooner than expected but reportedly at the right moment. The studio thereafter expressed their interest in buying Lucasfilm, which the director immediately conceded.

"It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself," George Lucas said, adding that "time is more important" to him than money. With so much time on his hands, per Slashfilm now the director can focus on his family. His wife reportedly recently gave birth to their daughter, Everest, in August 2014.

Back in 2012, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) had also mentioned the director's initial plans of making a "Star Wars" trilogy. According to Slashfilm, the actor claimed George Lucas had reached out to him and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) about making the movie in the summer. However, that was reportedly before Disney came along to buy Lucasfilm.

In the same USA Today interview, George Lucas also revealed "the only thing" he "really regret" when it comes to the "Star Wars" movies. He admitted he'd "never got to be blown out" of his seat "when the ship came over the screen." He once admitted to the New York Post that he hasn't seen the 88-second trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He'd reportedly rather watch the whole movie in the big screen. Thus, he assured that like everyone else, he'll really be able to enjoy J.J. Abrams' film when it comes out in U.S. theatres on Dec 18, 2015.

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