George Lucas is done with Star Wars. He as stated on many occasion, but then he goes forth and releases an animated series and announces his plans to re-release the entire Star Wars cinematic saga in 3D. IESB, who are usually quite reliable with their sources are currently reporting that Lucas is “plotting to create” new Star Wars movies.
They would be released after the six 3D re-releases and would be set far in the future, and not be based on the Skywalkers.
“This is, of course, completely false,” Lucasfilm spokesman Josh Kushins wrote to Wired. “George Lucas has plenty of projects to keep him busy right now, including plenty of Star Wars projects but there are no new Star Wars feature films planned.”
What are they going to say, though, right? “Damn it. You got us. George Lucas has a whole new pair of trilogies being planned for later this decade.” Whether or not this rumor is true or false, Lucasfilm has to deny it.
Specifically, IESB report that while working on the 3D conversions of the new films, which will begin in 2012 with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Lucas “has gotten the itch.” He has “gotten motivated with the success the Clone Wars animated series, the video games and also with the success of Avatar.”
The sequels, not prequels, would be set in the same universe, but a totally different story. By doing this, Lucas doesn’t have to fit pieces into a puzzle like he had to do with the prequels. He previously stated that this process was creatively constricting to him. So, apparently, his plan is work on all the 3D movies, make several hundred million more dollars, then use that money to make new movies – hopefully releasing the first one within a year or two of the Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 3D release would would be in like 2017. But this is still a rumor.