Last October, George Lucas sold his production company Lucasfilm to Disney — and along with it, every piece of the Star Wars saga. Bloomberg Businessweek has a compelling look at the process behind the purchase, and what it meant to both Lucas and Disney CEO Bob Iger.
As the director moved toward selling the company, he tried to position Lucasfilm to continue successfully without him. Part of that involved opening discussions with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher to do new Star Wars films. "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek. His statements seem to confirm the recent rumors of Ford and Fisher's returns, despite statements by Fisher's agent to the contrary. Then again, there may be some sleight-of-hand going on — Lucas wasn't exactly opaque with his follow up: "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do."
Though he no longer owns the company, Lucas has continued to be involved with the new films, even attending story meetings to provide guidance on the Star Wars universe. But with his continued involvement, it appears that Lucas could be having a hard time letting go. The reason may be that Lucas knows his name will always be tied to the stories from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. As Iger recalled, "George said to me once that when he dies, it's going to say ‘Star Wars creator George Lucas.'"