Rumor: Might There Be a New Star Wars Film on the Horizon?
It almost always seems like there's a new Star Wars project on the horizon. From the recent computer animated TV series (that honestly, despite its different visual style and feature film misstep, has a tone and execution closer to the original trilogy than the prequels) to a forthcoming live action TV series, I don't think we'll ever be short of Star Wars media. However, when it comes to the feature film side of George Lucas' sci-fi epic, that's really where heads start turning. So listen up, because according to a blog entry (via AICN) by George Lucas collaborator Thomas Dolby, a brand new Star Wars film might actually be in the works.
In a December 5th blog entry, Dolby very nonchalantly states:
"I'm in Tiburon, CA, jetlagged and wide awake at 5am… My host is friend and former collaborator Paul Sebastien, who over the years has worked for Xbox, Playstation, and now LucasArts. Last night he was telling me a little about the forthcoming Star Wars-related TV show, movie and online games—very cool indeed."
Of course "Star Wars-related" leaves it a little open for interpretation, but mentioning a "movie" in the same breath as the TV series and video games makes it a little more than an empty statement. However, there's no word on what stories in the Star Wars universe a new flick would focus on. With all the exposure the Clone Wars are getting, I can't imagine anymore time being spent on another feature film in that time period.
Honestly, I think the best place for Star Wars to go is the future, after the conclusion of Return of the Jedi and a new trilogy should take a cue from the well-written and loyal-to-the-universe 19-novel series The New Jedi Order. A whole slew of characters from the original trilogy as well as the Expanded Universe are thrown into one series where the story revolves around a lethal alien force called the Yuuzhan Vong invading the galaxy some 21 years after the events seen in Return of the Jedi. The story is epic in scale, shaking the galaxy to its core by leaving no character safe from the clutches of a grisly fate at the hands of this new alien force.
Anyway, all we can do for now is speculate, cheer, or complain until we hear anything official about a movie from George Lucas and company. But does anyone want more Star Wars or is it time to move on?