For fans wanting the return of George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode IX would probably be the best way to finish off the franchise. A new Star Wars petition is demanding that Disney hire Lucas in order to direct the final Star Wars sequel instead of Colin Trevorrow, and already the idea is beginning to go viral on social media. Unfortunately for the fans, Lucas has made it quite clear he values time over money, so even if Disney showed up with trucks full of money, Lucas may or may not have any interest despite Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ box office success.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, there are other reasons, besides money, that may prevent such an idea. In a previous interview with George Lucas, the Star Wars creator indicated that Disney wanted to go in a completely different direction, with the focus being on a “retro movie.” Many fans have noticed that the story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens does seem to mimic elements of the original three movies, but Lucas went one step further and insulted Disney by referring to them as “white slavers.”
“They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that any more,” Lucas said. “When you break up with somebody … You have to put it behind you and it’s a very, very, very hard thing to do. These are my kids … All the Star Wars films. I loved them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them. I sold them to the white slavers that take these things.”
He apologized after making these remarks, so it’s possible that a company which just spent $4.26 billion to buy a franchise may be willing to put the past behind them now that over one-fourth of their investment has been made back. Still, the comments do reveal that Disney is pushing the creator away, and in the past it was revealed that Disney scrapped George Lucas’ Star Wars script.
“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [for Star Wars: The Force Awakens],” he said.
Regardless, the Stars Wars: Episode IX petition believes the only fitting way to send off the series is with George Lucas at the helm.
“Bring back George Lucas for the Star Wars movies. Put the father of the franchise as director of Episode IX. We really want this, please,” wrote Yuri Luiz, creator of the Change.org petition. “We have no problem with Colin Trevorrow, but he’s not the right guy to direct Star Wars Episode IX. George Lucas as director of Episode IX would be the perfect way to end this new trilogy and make an epic farewell between the Father of Star Wars and the whole universe of the galaxy far, far away.”
Some of the fans who signed the petition agree with making Lucas director for the Star Wars sequels, but others believe it’s best that only Lucas’ ideas for a Star Wars script are used. Of course, no one knows for sure how different the original plot was, although a 1983 interview with Mark Hamill revealed that Luke Skywalker would have acted as an Obi-Wan Kenobi to a new generation of Jedi. This concept is pretty much in line with the Star Wars expanded universe stories that Disney discarded as canon.
Regardless of what fans think, another recent comment by Lucas shows that the Star Wars creator may consider the series to be like his “kids,” but he also views himself as being too “mature” for making more “kids things.”
“Why would I? I don’t need the money. My interests have shifted to more mature things. I did the kids things. I did it. To me it’s six films.”
The George Lucas petition has already reached its goal of 1,000 signatures, adding over 200 names while this article was being written.
What do you think about the idea? Do you think Disney did a good job with Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
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