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Although Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans and critics, there is a section of the fanbase that didn’t care for the J.J. Abrams-directed feature. Some have even talked about wanting creator George Lucas back to helm the franchise. With pre-production already underway for Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is being directed by Looper’s Rian Johnson, it’s too late to take any action on that movie. Instead, some fans have turned their attention to Episode IX, specifically to oust director Colin Trevorrow in favor of bringing Lucas back.
Five months after it was confirmed Colin Trevorrow will direct the ninth Star Wars: Episode movie, there’s a new petition on Change.org directed at Disney, Lucasfilm, and Kathleen Kennedy to have the man who helmed Jurassic World replaced with George Lucas. The rationale is that Trevorrow is “not the right guy” for Episode IX, while having Lucas direct would be be the ”perfect way” to end the new trilogy and “make an epic farewell” between Lucas and the franchise. At the time of this writing, the petition has gather nearly 2,000 signatures, which, speaking frankly, is nowhere near enough to get Disney’s attention. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try, I suppose.
With Disney now in charge of the Star Wars franchise, it’s practically fantasy to think that the studio will reverse their decision to bring Colin Trevorrow aboard and have George Lucas take his place. For one thing, a large portion of the fanbase doesn’t want him back, at least in a directorial capacity. True, Lucas did direct the first Star Wars movie, which not only kicked off the franchise, but was a pop culture landmark. That said, Lucas also helmed the prequels, which weren’t nearly as well received. With the change in leadership, fresh blood is in order, and while opinions on Trevorrow as a creator vary, going back to the “old guard” wouldn’t help with the progression.
Even if Disney wanted George Lucas to be directly involved with the revitalized Star Wars franchise, Lucas sold his company for over $4 billion, and has said on multiple occasions that he’s retired from making blockbuster movies. Combined with the fact that Disney didn’t incorporate any of his ideas for a seventh Star Wars movie into The Force Awakens, along with his poorly worded opinions on how he believes the seventh movie was handled, it’s obvious he had a different vision for where he would have taken the franchise post-Return of the Jedi, so to have him direct something his heart isn’t in would be a bad move.
Despite it being extremely unlikely George Lucas will ever return to Star Wars, fans can look forward to the new trilogy continuing with Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX on May 24, 2019.