Star Wars creator George Lucas may have praised Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens but he seemingly doesn't hold the same high regard for its owners at Disney. Despite selling Lucasfilm and his IPs for over $4 billion in late 2012 to the home of Mickey Mouse, Lucas found himself gradually out of the picture. His ideas for the new trilogy of Star Wars movies were partly (mostly?) abandoned, leading to Lucas defining his relationship with Disney a "break up" and later, calling them "white slavers" before taking back the choice words.
Despite all of that, some fans started an odd internet petition in an effort to have Disney and Lucasfilm replace Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) with Lucas, bringing the original director - and director of the prequels - back to finish off the trilogy of trilogies. What does Trevorrow think of this?
Yuri Luiz's Change.org campaign explains that there is no harsh feelings for Trevorrow - they just want Lucas to fulfill his legacy:
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 ….
We would like to see him again involved with the franchise. Thank you so much.
39-year-old director Trevorrow - who set box office records with Jurassic World last summer before they were beaten by the franchise he's now part of as well - spoke to ET at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday and offered the following brilliant response when asked about the Lucas petition.
"It's funny, I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we're going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy."
"When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. When you try to pitch what that movie's about - if you've never heard of Star Wars before, you say, ‘Here's a character. His father's part robot, but he can also do magic. And there's a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He's got a dog for a friend!' - it sounds insane but it's the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it."
Given the "rip-off" criticisms towards J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, claiming it too closely follows the larger story beats and structure of A New Hope, we can only hope Trevorrow's words about "invention" and "raw creativity" are very literal in what he and Rian Johnson (who's helming Episode VIII and writing it and IX) plan to do with the next two saga installments. As for Lucas, even if he had the opportunity to return, by his own admission he's done with big budget tentpoles, studio films, and dealing with criticisms for his Star Wars works and ideas.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016; Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017; and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to see theatrical release in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.