Turns out, George Lucas had a plethora of reasons for his selling the entire Star Wars franchise to Disney. We may not like the outcome, but he had his reasons. And it seems now, he has decided to tell them to us.
For those of you who’ve been living under a rock since 2012, George Lucas’ selling of the Star Wars franchise to Disney was one of the biggest moves of that year. Now, author Paul Duncan has come out with an excerpt from his upcoming book The Star Wars Archives Ep. I-III, which explains why Lucas sold the franchise in the first place. And looking at it, it’s actually quite heartwarming.
2012: The Year George Lucas Chose His Family Over Star Wars
Apparently, the primary reason George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney was because of his family. Specifically, his daughter he keeps mentioning in this excerpt. Based on the timeline, it seems like the wife and daughter Lucas mentions are Mellody Hobson and Everest Hobson Lucas respectively.
Personally, I think it’s rather heartwarming that George Lucas decided to choose his family over Star Wars. You can clearly tell that the man is a family man, even in the Prequel trilogy. He went out of his way to include his other kids from his previous marriage into the various prequel movies. For instance, his eldest daughter Amanda Lucas made cameo appearances in all three Star Wars prequel movies. Given that, it’s not surprising then that George Lucas would decide that his family meant more to him than Star Wars.
As for selling Star Wars to Disney specifically, it seems that George Lucas is a bit of a micromanaging addict. Like a chain smoker, he seemed to feel that if he didn’t get rid of Star Wars cold turkey, he’d just keep going back to it. Hence, why he completely washed himself of the whole affair.
George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney back in 2012 in order to spend time with his new family. You might not entirely like the results of his decision, but it’d be unfair to criticize him for it. You can’t blame a guy for choosing family over business.