George Lucas is the subject of a new petition on Change.org that is seeking to bring the creator of the Star Wars universe back for one final outing as director — Star Wars Episode IX — and it’s likely doomed from the outset for reasons this article will get into in a moment.
For now, here’s what the petition is seeking.
It wants Disney to drop Colin Trevorrow from the helm of the final picture and replace him with the guy that started it all.
The reason for this has nothing to do with a beef against Trevorrow or a hatred for the young director’s previous hit Jurassic World.
Instead, petition writer Yuri Luiz notes, it’s because “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… We would like to see him again involved with the franchise. Thank you so much.”
At the time, the “we” that Yuri mentioned was a handful of people, but the petition soon caught fire, and now it is up to more than 7,200 signatures as of this post out of 10,000 sought.
The higher the number gets, the more likely it is to get a response from Disney, and maybe even George Lucas himself.
However, Lucas has already discussed his feelings on the Star Wars universe, and none of those feelings have indicated that he would be enthusiastic about a return.
For starters, he appears to have taken criticism over the prequel films — The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith — very hard.
Most Star Wars fans that have extended the proverbial olive branch to Lucas for his decision to sell the franchise to Disney have followed up that forgiveness with a backhanded approach of bashing the prequels whenever they come up.
While the films do have their fans — younger audiences in particular — they are also maligned by most fans, who grew up with the originals on the basis of cheesy CGI effects, stilted dialogue, making Anakin whinier than they had envisioned, and the existence of Jar Jar Binks.
And a recent interview with Charlie Rose showed that George Lucas was still clearly smarting over the fact that Disney rejected his sequel ideas and “made something for the fans,” who have responded by turning Star Wars: The Force Awakens into the all-time domestic box office champ.
In the interview, for which George Lucas later apologized, he called Disney “white slavers” when talking about the $4.26 billion sale.
Why would any professional director want to go back into a universe consisting of fans that have grown to hate him — outspoken fans who angrily tear the prequels apart every chance they get?
Why would any professional director want to work with a company that now has ownership and a different sense of direction over the ideas that he created?
Why would George Lucas, a director who seldom if ever compromised on a creative vision, want to become an underling for a company he so vehemently disagrees with involving story direction?
To top it all off, Lucas never was too keen on directing anyway, having only helmed the first of the original trilogy and the three prequels as a last resort.
With that said, it is looking extremely unlikely that the fan petition at Change.org, which continues to pick up popularity, will be enough to convince either key party — Disney or George Lucas — to capitulate and work with each other on Episode IX.
But what do you think, readers?
Would you like to see George Lucas direct the final film in the new trilogy?