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Star Wars Episode IX

Star Wars nerds petition George Lucas to direct Episode IX instead of Colin Trevorrow

2:30 PM on 01.08.2016 // Hubert Vigilla
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Yousa gotta be kidding me

Star Wars nerds (nerds in general, really) can be pretty irrational at times. Don't get me wrong, a lot of them are fun people, but some of them are total drags. I mean, you get calls for boycotts due to "white genocide" and for espousing feminist and SJW propaganda, both of which are really about dumb-headed ideological insularity and masculine geek insecurity.

Here's a new one, though, and it comes from a different motivation: some Star Wars fans have started a Change.org petition to have George Lucas direct Episode IX. Here's what the petition says:

Bring back George Lucas for the Star Wars movies. Put the father of the franchise as director of Episode IX. We really want this, please.

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.

As of this writing, the petition has just over 7,100 supporters.

While having George Lucas bookend the new trilogy as director would be a nice symbolic gesture--it's like poetry, every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one--he probably isn't the person for the job. He's been out of the director's chair for more than a decade (though he did some uncredited work on 2012's Red Tails). He would also have very little creative control over the film since it's being overseen by LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and written in part by Episode VIII director Rian Johnson. Lucas lost his total creative control over Star Wars when he sold the property to Disney.

On top of that, Lucas probably isn't game to direct a new Star Wars films in the manner they're being made today. (And I'm not talking about a modified version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe model.) I recall that Kennedy wanted the new movies to be rooted in practical effects and location shooting when possible. Lucas took the opposite approach on the Star Wars prequels, predominantly shooting the films on bluescreen and greenscreen sound stages with a two-camera set-up, which explains why so much of the prequels tends to feel very static, sterile, and synthetic.

What do you think about George Lucas directing another Star Wars movie? Chime in on the comments. 

[via The Mary Sue]



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