Star Wars creator George Lucas has always said we would never see more movies beyond the two iconic trilogies he has already released. Despite rumors going all the way back to the late 70’s that there were nine, or even 12, films in the original plans for the franchise, Lucas was steadfast.
“I will not do VII, VIII and IX,” the writer/director said back in 1999 as he was promoting ‘The Phantom Menace’.
On the heels of the announcement Tuesday that Disney is purchasing Lucasfilms Ltd. for $4.05 billion with the plans for three new episodes, those denouncements were called into question. But Lucas himself sat down to talk about the future of his beloved franchise and says nothing has changed with the move allowing him to move forward with his retirement.
“I always said I wasn’t going to do any more, and that’s true I’m not going to do any more,” Lucas said in a video released on the official Star Wars YouTube page. “That doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to turn it over to [Lucasfilm Pres] Kathy [Kennedy] to do more.”
That “more” will come in 2015 when the world will see “Episode 7” with the next two films to follow and then one new movie very two or three years.
Watch Lucas and Kennedy talk about the future of the franchise, something that no doubt will get fans everywhere debating!
I’m pumped to see the universe get a new look, what about you?