George Lucas reveals he wanted to direct new Star Wars film
George Lucas has revealed he originally wanted to direct the new Star Wars sequel.
The filmmaker, who sold LucasFilm to Disney for £2.5bn in 2012, admits he'd begun planning a seventh film.
The 70-year-old decided against it after realising that heading up a new trilogy would require a commitment of 10 years.
That decision might come as a relief to those fans who were disappointed with Lucas's prequel trilogy.
"It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself," he told USA Today.
"The time is more important to me than the money."
JJ Abrams, who co-created Lost and directed the Star Trek reboot, is heading up the franchise's latest instalment.
Lucas though seems to be taking a backseat approach to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set for release later this year.
He recently admitted he hadn't watched the 88-second teaser trailer, which has clocked up more than 70 million views on YouTube.
He said he is looking forward to seeing the hotly-anticipated film as a fan.
"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."