There are also those Star Wars fans who don’t have much faith in Lucas at all. It’s already been made clear that the Star Wars creator’s vision for future installments would have been just as controversial as Disney’s.
Now, thanks to a tweet from author Paul Duncan, fans have an even better understanding of what making a new trilogy meant for Lucas and why its extensive timeline meant that he would opt not to take it on. The information comes from Duncan’s new book, The Star Wars Archives Eps I-III, and occurred while the author was interviewing Lucas about the sale of Lucasfilm in 2012:
At that time I was starting the next trilogy; I talked to the actors and was starting to gear up. I was also about to have a daughter with my wife. It takes ten years to make a trilogy – Episodes I-III took from 1995 to 2005. I’d still be working on Episode IX! In 2012 I was 69. So the question was am I going to keep doing this the rest of my life? Do I want to go through this again? Finally, I decided that I’d rather raise my daughter and enjoy life for a while.
The last thing that any filmmaker wants is to be dealing with a legion of angry fans, after giving a decade of themselves to a project. Lucas would have been 79 by the time he finished a new trilogy and for him, that risk simply wasn’t more appealing than stepping aside.