'Put the father of the franchise as director of Episode IX. We really want this, please.'
A Brazilian Star Wars fan has started a petition for the return of George Lucas as director, picking up 25,000 signatures at the time of writing (January 10).
The petition appears to target Episode IX in particular for Lucas’ return, referring to the franchise’ founder as ‘the father of Star Wars’. It is translated into English mechanically (but fairly well), and directed at new franchise owner Disney, as well as LucasFilm and Kathleen Kennedy.
The petition reads:
“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,” before continuing
“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…”
Meanwhile, new director JJ Abrams has moved to counter rip-off allegations in relation to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whilst also acknowledging that he understands where they come from.
“It was obviously a wildly intentional thing that we go backwards, in some ways, to go forwards in the important ways, given that this is a genre – that Star Wars is a kind of specific gorgeous concoction of George [Lucas]’ – that combines all sorts of things.”
“Ultimately the structure of Star Wars itself is as classic and tried and true as you can get. It was itself derivative of all of these things that George loved so much, from the most obvious, Flash Gordon and Joseph Campbell, to the Kurosawa references, to Westerns. I mean, all of these elements were part of what made Star Wars.”
“I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off! What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new – to go backwards to go forwards.”