Star Wars fans have always been a vocal group, whether it's expressing their admiration for the franchise, or addressing its flaws. After the prequel trilogy ended in 2005 with Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, some didn't think we'd ever see another Star Wars movie again, until George Lucas sold off his entire LucasFilm empire for $4 billion to Disney back in 2012. The result of that sale was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which recently took down Avatar's record to become the highest-grossing movie ever at the domestic box office. With two more movies and three spinoffs coming, a new petition has surfaced, asking George Lucas to come back and direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
Of course, Star Wars: Episode IX already has a director, with Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow taking the helm. But, the fan who started this petition, Yuri Luiz of São Paulo, Brazil, thinks the filmmaker just "isn't right" to tackle the last movie in this new trilogy. Here's what Yuri Luiz had to say on his Change.org petition page, which is addressed directly to Disney, LucasFilm and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
"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."
The petition currently has 2,645 signatures, but even if they do get much more, it doesn't seem likely that George Lucas will come back. He has said in multiple interviews that Disney didn't want to use his ideas for the new trilogy, even going so far as comparing the studio to white slavers. The filmmaker did end up apologizing, but it still doesn't seem likely that the director and Disney will work together.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently broke Avatar's all-time domestic box office record, which had stood for six years. Disney has five more movies in the works, hitting theaters over the next five years, and it doesn't seem likely that George Lucas will be involved with any of those projects. Do you think George Lucas should come back for Star Wars: Episode IX? Or is the franchise better off without him?