IESB reported on Friday night that George Lucas is prepping a new set of live-action “Star Wars” movies to come out after the first six films are re-re-released in 3-D. Lucasfilm immediately shot down the report, telling Wired it wasn’t happening. So that’s all we have to go on.
Lending credence to the IESB report: George Lucas will always find a way to wring more bucks from his “Star Wars” cash cow. And it was his work on rereleasing the original trilogy in 1997 that led him to work on the prequel trilogy. And, again, Lucas would never, ever leave “Star Wars” money on the table.
But: The 3-D releases will run through 2017. According to the report, Lucas would want to get the first new film out by 2019. He’ll be 75 at that point. It took Lucas eight years to pop out the prequel trilogy (I’m only counting actual writing and production and release work, not the decades spent talking about potentially maybe making ‘em). Unless he’d hand over the directorial reins to somebody else (finally), does he want to be making “Star Wars” sequels until he’s well into his 80s?
Anyway, the report was shot down, so it’s moot until Lucas vaguely muses about new films while promoting the 3-D releases of the six extant films to stir up interest that goes nowhere, just like he did about “Star Wars” sequels way back when, the end.