George Lucas Planning Third Star Wars Trilogy?
Big honking Saturday morning rumor here! According to IESB.net, George Lucas will be creating a new trilogy once the first six Star Wars movies go 3D. This echoes what Lucas did in the 1990s after the original trilogy was rereleased.
When you check the link, IESB.net may be down from a traffic surge, but here are the pertinent details:
George Lucas is plotting to create new Star Wars movies at the ultra top-secret Skywalker Ranch. This is deja vu of the mid ’90s when Uncle George start[ed] tweaking the Holy Trilogy to gear up for the Special Editions. […] These new film will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States […Fans] can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.
Also, the trilogy is reported to kick off approximately 24 months after the 3Ding of Return of the Jedi, and the next three episodes (which could be either Episodes 7-9 or 10-12) could possibly “occur as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future.” Furthermore, the IESB source claims that the movie will not focus on the Skywalker clan.
This is a rumor that’s been around for a years, but the seemed to have been put to rest a few years ago when Lucas said that his saga ended with Episode Six:
In a 1997 issue of Star Wars Insider, George said “The whole story has six episodes…. If I ever went beyond that, it would be something that was made up. I really don’t have any notion other than ‘Gee, it would be interesting to do Luke Skywalker later on.’ It wouldn’t be part of the main story, but a sequel to this thing.”. In 1999, speaking to Vanity Fair, Lucas denies ever having any plans to make 9 movies. “”When you see it in six parts, you’ll understand. It really ends at part six.”
And in May 2008, Lucas stuck to his blasters and said I get asked all the time, ‘What happens after Return of the Jedi?,’ and there really is no answer for that. The movies were the story of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, and when Luke saves the galaxy and redeems his father, that’s where that story ends.
Of course, when Lucas looks at the billion dollars that Avatar has earned since it’s release, one can guess that he certainly might be tempted to open up the franchise for further filmmaking. Unfortunately, after the mediocre plots and acting that market the Prequel Trilogy and future movies will likely just involve a lot of special effects, and little of what drew people in thirty three years ago.