After reading a lot of these speculation threads and whatever news is being put out by Disney and Lucasfilm, I started to put together a wild conspiracy theory. Try to stay with me on this one: It's been reported that over Lucas' long history with Star Wars that he wanted to make only the OT, or the whole saga, or even "9 films". We all know when he made SW, he didn't know if it was going to be a success, so he started with the "middle" story: ANH. When it became a success he finished off the OT with pretty great results. Lucas grew his "empire" off that success with all his spin offs: Pixar, ILM, Lucas Arts, Skywalker Sound, THX, etc.. When the time was right (supposedly with the success ILM had on Jurassic Park), he decided the technology existed to clean up the OT and start on the PT. His first real criticism from fans was the Special Edition, especially surrounding "Han shooting first". I say that wasn't a big deal compared to what was to come. Once TPM was released, the onslaught of the "PT Haters" came. And it wasn't just fans, it was the media, others in Hollywood, etc. The hate grew as he finished the PT. Even with all the "hate" the PT brought in tons of money and spawned even more SW merchandising and more spin offs (EU, TCW, new Star Tours, etc). As early as January of this year (during the release of Red Tails) Lucas was asked will he make more SW films and he stated "Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?" Finally today when I read Disney Chief Alan Horn said "George Lucas is the godfather of that franchise and very, very involved on a consulting basis".. The word "godfather" stuck out in that statement, and then it hit me, my conspiracy theory is compete: Lucas' life's work has been SW. It seems unfathomable that he'd give it up. We know he didn't need the money. I think he WANTED to do the ST! And we know he could have, he had the means and the funds. However could he take the ridicule of the fans and everyone else once again over another 9 years of movie making? The stress well into his 80s? Does he want to "go out" with people hating the PT and the ST?! NO. But he wanted to make them. So what did he do? He semi-sold his soul to the devil: He sold the rights away and he is merely a "consultant" now. I think this is a brilliant move. In my theory, he'll be MORE THAN a consultant, he'll be the puppet master pulling the strings. It's already been stated that he’s already got treatments of the seventh, eighth, and ninth movies ready to be turned into films. None of us have access to the contracts that Disney has with the writers, directors, etc. They may state that Lucas has "final say" on things "as a consultant". We just don't know. The reasons I believe this theory: Lucas is too protective over SW to let it just "go" without some control. It's been stated that he will be a consultant that is "very, very" involved. Even using the word "godfather" (almost sinister sounding like you wouldn't want to cross him) They may pick a Director friendly to Lucasfilm (Jon Favreau or Joe Johnson) Lucas will be absolved from any future FAILURE of the ST, blaming all the new Directors and Writers for NEW fan hate. Assists in his retirement: he gets the films done, his way, but doesn't have to be on the job day to day. He can merely overlord from afar. This isn't normal for most folks as director, writers, film makers in general, because are trying climb the Hollywood ladder. Always looking to their future. Their next big project. Making more cash. In Lucas' case, he's done it all: He's a legendary filmmaker, a billionaire, a technology innovator. The only thing he has to do is make it out of this life on a good note. If the ST is a success, he may not get a lot of credit, but it might help him with the PT haters somewhat. If the ST fails, then people will say "dang, I guess other people CAN screw it up worse than Lucas", which reduces the hate people have for him. I know this is a wild theory, and maybe it's not true at all. However, maybe it is true, from a certain point of view..