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George Lucas originally planned to write and direct the new Star Wars film

on January 13, 2015, 4:30pm

In a new Q&A, George Lucas reveals that he was actually in the early stages of developing the next Star Wars trilogy. Anyone else have sudden, vivid flashbacks to that South Park episode featuring Indiana Jones?

According to the veteran writer and director, the original plan was to release Star Wars: Episode VII in May 2015 and sell Lucasfilms shortly thereafter. Of course, this revelation contradicts comments he made just months ahead of the October 2012 sale to Walt Disney, when he expressed little interest in helming another trilogy, citing that it might require another 10-year commitment.

So, what kept Lucas from revisiting a galaxy far, far away? “It’s better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself,” he admits. “The time is more important to me than the money.”

Lucas did find one silver lining: “The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact I never got to see it. 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.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18th, 2015. Revisit the teaser trailer below.

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