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April 1, 2009

George Lucas Returns Star Wars to the Big Screen with Legacy Trilogy

— Posted by Rodney


George Lucas couldn’t stay out of the Star Wars sandbox for long and despite claiming he would never make another Star Wars film, he has announced he will be returning to the big screen with a new trilogy.

TheStub.ca says:

Announced today, George Lucas will return to Star Wars films announcing a different tack. This time Lucas will adapt a Star Wars story he did not write in a trilogy of films he says will excite and reinvigorate the fans.

The story in question is the Dark Horse Comic book series Star Wars Legacy, and the adaptation will be named The Legacy Trilogy.

Star Wars: Legacy is set 125 years after the film Return of the Jedi. The comics feature Cade Skywalker, a descendant of Luke Skywalker, who was trained as a Jedi but has abandoned the order. He apprenticed himself to the pirate Rav and lives among bounty hunters, smugglers and pirates. Cade has also dropped his last name. The series begins with an attack on the Jedi Temple and the overthrow of the Galactic Empire by a newly created Sith order.

Lucas hopes to give a new chapter and a new franchise that is distant enough from the existing timeframe. The tone will be darker and promises to be void of Lucas’ token kid friendly comic relief.

Some friendly reminders will be the very outdated but faithful R2-D2, and Mark Hammill who is in negotiations to appear as the sage Force Ghost that offers guidance to Cade Skywalker.

As a huge Star Wars fan I feel that tickle in my tummy that will soon burst into new movie madness and the fans that have struggled with Star Wars’ shortcomings may have little to bark about.

Lucas wants to admit that he has heard the fans, and he wants to give us another movie that we will love. Lucas will be consulting on this himself getting final say on everything, but he will not be writing or directing. He still feels this is his baby, but is willing to loosen his grip to bring it to the big screen.

There is so much potential for doing a serious dark world of Star Wars with no Jar Jar’s and no whiny kids. This concept of a far flung future not only canonizes the myriad of novels (previously in a gray area of canon), but also sounds like Lucas is taking a page out of the hotly anticipated Star Trek franchise, often seen as the other side of the coin to Star Wars.

Star Trek is receiving a wave of anticipation and renewed popularity with its own reboot/sequel and perhaps Lucas wants to step away from the restraints of his current trilogy limbo to give us a new story without retelling the old.

So get out your sleeping bag and lawn chairs and get in line. Star Wars is back on the big screen and eventually on DirecTV things are about to get crazy!!

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  • http://www.galactic123.com anime

    Is the Clone Wars cartoons / 3D carttons still being produced? Or done?

  • daniel

    stars wars hardcore! blood,death and close combat fights would be the best film ever!!

  • daniel

    And i believe that Lucas should get off the Skywalker films.
    And maybe go in the direction of making films of the greatest character…Yoda!
    As a young apprentice 800years before the first film..
    Thats my 2cents ..
    Dan

  • daniel

    Star wars can make quite a few movies!, though only if there like the new star wars cartoon series and movie.
    If they made them and directed them like that and had an over PG!! rating they would be amazing.

    • http://retaliators.wordpress.com/ Matt Keith

      The first 3 films were rated PG and they were amazing, and if he made them anything like the Clone Wars seriesn, then I would skip them.

  • http://none Tim

    Their is a whole movie existing between the end of Episode 3 and (First Star Wars). Storylines of where and how the other Jedi’s lived. The beginings of Luke and Leahs childhood. How Darth Vader and Darth Sidious get along in the early years. How Darth Vader creates his Ship. The Death Star. How obi wan kenobi grows up and uses his force. I can go on and on, But ONLY George Lucas can make it happen with the next Star Wars Movie.
    LETS HOPE SO!!!!!!!

    • http://www.thestub.ca Rodney

      There is 18 years between the movies.

      The Death Star was already hinted at in Episode 2 (we see the plans) Obiwan doesn’t have to grow up to use the force, he is already a master at the end of part3.

      Lucas is obviously in control of the Star Wars fate, but he is unlikely to direct.

  • andy

    Honestly, I’m not sure what to think. George Lucas really messed up with Episode 3 because the cast was ridiculously terrible and he completely abused CG to the point where I wanted to leave the theater halfway through the movie. So I’m hoping this is a Star Wars redemption where he’s getting someone else to finish it off on a GOOD note.

    • 33yearfan

      Andy,

      Episode 3 was a fine movie, and just that…no more. He did go OVERBOARD on Vader’s being fried to a crisp and his agony and the CGI. For heaven’s sake there are kids in the movie theater!!

      After the movie was finished, my spouse and I could not leave as hastily as we wanted to. The whole audience was dumbfounded in utter shock and disbelief; we included.

      What a fond thought; EWOKS…..

      • http://www.thestub.ca Rodney

        There are hands and other limbs chopped off in every film but you were setting a hasty retreat over some burn marks?

        The whole audience was not dumbfounded over that imagery, nor were they shocked in disbelief.

        You were.

  • http://wawa.com Revan

    Honestly, i think that if they made a movie of KOTOR 1, it would top the whole set of 6 starwars movies. The story for kotor 1 (assuming the good ending) is friggin amazing. A movie, would be even better. its a fresh new idea, that would rid us of the skywalkers(no offence skywalker fans) and bring an era of mandalorian warriors, a bunch of jedi, and a bunch of sith. Id piss my star wars undies.

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