When the father of the international hit franchise Star Wars sold his Lucasfilm studio to Disney, he included in the sale some ideas for the films going forward, but it appears that the Mouse House said thanks, but no thanks.In an interview with Cinema Blend, Lucas is hesitant to detail the early work that he had done on Episode VII, except to say that Disney decided to go a different way. In addressing Disney’s treatment of the beloved characters and themes of the films, Lucas said:
The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]“
Lucas had been toying with the idea of being involved in the next incarnation of the franchise, but realized that it would be a massive commitment of his time, and the timing of Disney’s offer to purchase Lucasfilm sealed the deal. That left Lucas free to pursue other projects, one of which, Strange Magic – an animated musical fairy tale full of elves, fairies and goblins – is set to hit theaters on January 23.
J. J. Abrams (Star Trek: Into Darkness) directs Star Wars VII, which is scheduled for a December 18, 2015 release.