Okay. Calm. My... let's call it my appreciation for "Star Wars" is well-documented on this blog. In addition to my weekly "Clone Wars" recaps, I generally try to grab every single bit of content I can that's in any way related to the classic sci-fi franchise conceived by George Lucas. It's just how I roll.
Never, not in a million years or in a galaxy far, far away, would I ever have dreamed that we might one day see another "Star Wars" movie. Not in Lucas' lifetime, anyway. (see also: "Star Trek") And yet that possibility now exists in this world, thanks to some sleuthing by our pals at Ain't It Cool News.
The slightly-more-than-a-rumor-but-probably-just-a-typo comes from the personal blog of Thomas Dolby, the composer of -- among other things -- the score for "Howard the Duck," a George Lucas classic. (yes, I said classic-- naysayers can kindly piss off) Well Dolby recently had a chat with a pal of his at LucasArts, the video game-producing arm of George's empire. And... well... I'll let Dolby's words stand on their own:
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.
So what we have here qualifies as second-hand information, perhaps even third-hand information. It could have been a misstatement on Dolby's part. Perhaps a typo. Or, on the other hand, it could in fact be the first hint that the Lucasfilm powers-that-be are gearing up for another "Star Wars" movie.
What shape such a thing could take is anyone's guess. The premiere of the ongoing "Clone Wars" TV series was technically released as a movie, but I don't know many fans who would count it as such (myself included). A similar situation might occur with the already-confirmed live action TV series; perhaps the same strategy will be employed, with the first arc of episodes released as a cohesive whole in movie theaters.
Or maybe, just maybe, there's an actual new "Star Wars" movie being planned. I don't think Lucas would touch the post-"Return of the Jedi" era. Not only are his actors too old, but there's a rich story already detailed in the Expanded Universe books and comics. Lucas has always made it clear that anything other than his films can be considered secondary canon, but it's all part of the same empire. I can't see him shooting himself in the foot by stepping into the territory of the post-"Return of the Jedi" stories with a new movie, nor can I see him adapting any of the books.
This leaves two possible alternatives, as far as I can tell. One: a movie (or movies) set in the distant pre-history of the "Star Wars" universe. The so-called era of the Old Republic, when Jedi and Sith warred openly, in great numbers, and Mandalorians (dudes dressed like Boba Fett) were a force to be reckoned with. The other possibility I could see is a distant future sequel, something set centuries after the events of "Return of the Jedi." There is once again the risk of treading into the book/comics territory -- one line of comics is indeed set a considerable amount of time after the events of the films -- but who knows?
Ultimately, this is all total speculation from a raving "Star Wars" nut. Realistically, I think Dolby probably just misstated the facts. We're not likely to get any answers from Lucasfilm one way or another, so only time will tell. But given the continuing popularity of "Star Wars," more than 30 years after the first film arrived in theaters, it's certainly possible that we'll one day see a big screen return to the universe Lucas built. Here's hoping, anyway.
"Star Wars" fans: dare we dream?