Gizmodo is reporting that George Lucas, once he has converted the first six Star Wars films to 3-D, will be returning to that time long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away to create a new trilogy in the long-running epic that made him rich and famous.
“Also, the trilogy is reported to kick off approximately 24 months after the 3Ding of Return of the Jedi, and the next three episodes (which could be either Episodes 7-9 or 10-12) could possibly ‘occur as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future.'”
Considering how awful episodes 1-3 were, the understandable reaction is to heave in horror rather than stand up and cheer. Lucasfilms is officially denying the rumor, which would seem to be par for the course. Still, if George Lucas could avoid the mistakes he made doing Episodes 1-3, he might redeem himself.
Some helpful suggestions:
First, no cute aliens. I don’t buy for a moment the whole meme of Jar-Jar as a racist stereotype, even though the actor was alleged to have used his Jamaican upbringing as a basis of the character. But, really, five minutes with the character made one want to feed him to the nearest Sarlacc.
Next, no contemporary political commentary. Come on, campaign finance reform? If the next trilogy starts on health care and cap and trade, it will start riots.
And next, no whiny teenagers. One could hardly believe that Darth Vader, the terror of the universe, started out as a whiny teenage brat. The transition of Anakin to Darth Vader actually seemed like an improvement, albeit with certain-er-sacrifices.
Finally, more intelligent good guys. The one thing I hated about the Jedi in Episodes 1-3 was how stupid they were by letting the viper they had in their bosom (i.e. Anakin) grow and fester until it was too late. Also, Obi Wan would have saved the universe a lot of trouble if he had finished Anakin off rather than allow him to cook. While I was all up for making the brat suffer, Obi Wan made a mistake by leaving him alive. One thrust of the light saber would have avoided 20 years of horror.
If taking plot and character suggestions from an ink stained wretch is too rich for George Lucas, then here is one other idea. Hire Joss Wedon to write and direct. No one can do space opera better. And Lucas could make himself an enormous amount of new fans by sweetening the deal and personally financing “Serenity 2: The Revenge of the Alliance.” Now that would be something to cheer about.
Source: George Lucas reportedly creating Star Wars sequel trilogy (that’s not about the Skywalkers), Cyriaque Lamar, Gizmodo, October 24th, 2010