ere's a link to one such article.
Disney paid over four billion for the franchise. I know some people rolled their eyes and said 'too much'. But the gamble has already paid off. Sure, Disney used the nostalgia card. Frankly, they would have been silly if they hadn't. Star Wars is a juggernaut - has been for decades - and Disney capitalized on that. They kept the excitement going with the Rebels animated series, brought out trailers, included roles for the original Star Wars characters, created new toys. Yes, they played to the fandom. And the fandom enthusiastically came along for the ride. For the most part, anyway.
You know what I think? I think George was too scared to try another Star Wars movie. I think the reaction to his three prequels was so universally negative that he preferred to walk away. I don't blame him. It's hard for any creative person to have their work panned. Why go that road again? But having done that, it's not wise to slam Disney and call them unedifying names. He's had to apologize for that. After all, Disney owns the franchise now.
But Star Wars hasn't really belonged to Lucas since the first movie became a hit in 1977. I'm a little bit surprised that he doesn't seem to have understood one of the first lessons we all have to learn as writers. Your story and your characters are yours - until you publish them. After that, it's up to the readers. Harrison Ford might have wanted to kill Han Solo off in The Empire Strikes Back but the fans would have been shattered, so George went in another direction. To what extent that was his original intention I don't know.
What makes Star Wars so powerful is its fan base. Frankly, anybody who tampered with that reality would need their head read. That said, I'm hoping the new movies will move on. There's a lot of space in that galaxy far, far away.