If I were to poll geekdom on their feelings towards George Lucas, several unflattering notions would reveal themselves. I'd liekly hear about his incessant tinkering, maybe even his greed. I think I'd even hear him called a rapist. A rapist of childhood, mind. Lucas is the kind of flat-out hero of the nerd world that gets crucified like he's a devil. I'd imagine for every thirty seconds spent Googling his own name, Mr. Lucas would incur a decade in therapy.
I read this morning a rather unexpected bit of Lucas rumour raking. If it pans out – which I somewhat doubt it will, even if it's true now – then his next few years are going to be stuffed to overflowing with fan boy sniping and snark. He may even get egged – with a rotten egg, no less – and I don't know if the geek army would stop before Skywalker Ranch was actually, literally toilerpapered from North to South. Scary. Dear god, I hope nobody gives him a wedgie.
In short, IESB are claiming that Lucas is planning on three new theatrical feature films set in the Star Wars universe. These supposed movies would be sequels, set some years after the events of episodes 1-6 and would feature new lead characters.
Let's take a look at some of their report for a moment here:
First, let me remind our readers of IESB's past scoops so anyone doubting the news will be aware. From Joss Whedon directing the Avengers, to the recent announcement of Disney's planned renegotiation of the Paramount Marvel deal, to the countless casting scoops, directing scoops, to our solid sources at Lucasfilm.
Confirmed IESB scoops specific to the Star Wars universe include the first announcement of the PG-13 rating of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the first word of a live action Star Wars TV series as well as the Clone Wars animated series. Yes, all of these Lucasfilm scoops were all first reported here on IESB.
Really? Okay. Anyway, the IESB of today isn't the IESB of last year… it isn't even the IESB of last month. I won't detail the controversy now, but the staff on the site have changed a couple of times of late. As the story is credited simply to IESB staff, it's not clear if this really has been written by those with a track record, those now looking to cash in on one, or those with their own scoop that they can see the benefit in backing up in this way.
Anyway, that's a really impressive list of scoops. If it applies.
Uncle George's modus operandi has not changed, the plan is that he will self finance the new trilogy after he rakes in an expected $500 – $750 million dollars with the re-release of the entire Star Wars Saga in 3D and on Blu-Ray.
I'd expect he'll make rather more than that… and he certainly doesn't need to wait for a bank account top-up before financing new movies. I'm not sure what I can take from that paragraph.
The ideal plan, according to our spy at Skywalker Ranch, is to be able to release a new Star Wars film within 24 months after the release of the last re-re-release (is that right?) of Return of the Jedi 3D.
Is that right? Well, no, I don't think it is. But that doesn't matter. I'm curious about this 24-month window. I wonder what the idea is there? Simply to get the film on screens with the quickest turnaround?
Okay. So George Lucas may or may not be planning a whole new trilogy of Star Wars movies. Discuss.