We’re not saying that George Lucas could squeeze blood from a stone, but a lot of people seem to think that he could be considering even more Star Wars films.
The source of this rumour is a site called IESB, who take pains to remind readers of their credentials in breaking big news in the movie world. Particularly Lucasfilm. The site claims that Lucas is planning a further trilogy to add to the six Star Wars movies already in existence. What do you call a series of nine movies? A ninology? An abomination?
Here’s what IESB have to say about the rumoured new movies:
What do we know? First of all, these new films 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.
IESB has been told fans can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.
The site go on to claim that Lucas has been motivated by the success of Avatar, which presumably means he’s been inspired by what new technology could mean for Star Wars. They also say that they thoroughly expect Lucasfilm to deny the story, but that they stand by their source.
I’d totally forgotten about the live action television series that’s in development. But as someone who was never that enamoured by the first Star Wars trilogy (I really do believe the pop culture phenomenon surrounding the films is more interesting than the films themselves), I was completely turned off by the three prequels. Of course, there’s every chance that another trilogy, set in another time and place in the Star Wars universe might finally redeem the franchise.
The problem is that Lucas hasn’t earned much faith from the fanbase when he’s revisited his iconic franchises. Could this simply be Star Wars: Return Of The Cash Cow, or do you think George Lucas has a genuine artistic reason for wanting to bring us back to the series that’s been his life’s work?
Den Of Geek have a fine rebuttal of the rumour on their site, which looks at whether Lucas himself is likely to get into another three-film creative process at the age of 66.
But I want to know what you guys think – is it time to drag the Jedi out of retirement and dust off their lightsabers for another run at the cinema? Will three more movies redeem the franchise or kill off any goodwill toward the series altogether?