George Lucas had planned to film latest Star Wars film
George Lucas has revealed that he originally intended to make the new Star Wars film before he sold his company to Disney.
Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, is due to open in cinemas later this year.
USA Today said that Lucas had planned to make Episode VII. But his plans changed when Disney said it was interested in buying Lucasfilm - and led to a £2.5bn deal in 2012.
"It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself," he said.
The 70-year-old, who has a 17-month-old daughter, said of the sale to Disney: "The time is more important to me than the money."
The filmmaker said that he was looking forward to seeing the new film as a member of the audience.
"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," he said. "The next one, I'll be able to enjoy it like anybody else."