George Lucas wanted to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Acclaimed director George Lucas has revealed he initially wanted to direct 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', but is now looking forward to watching the new film as a fan

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George Lucas

George Lucas initially wanted to direct 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The 70-year-old creator of the sci-fi franchise had been planning to make the new movie and release it in 2015, before selling on his production company Lucasfilm.

However, Lucas said the commitment needed for a 'Star Wars' trilogy, allied to Disney's interest in buying the franchise, prompted him to give up creative control.

He said: "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."

Lucas - who is also responsible for the 'Indiana Jones' franchise - said he is looking forward to watching the much-anticipated new 'Star Wars' film as a fan.

He told USA Today: "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' opens in cinemas in December 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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