Despite the fact that Star Wars VII is definitely happening in the form of 2015’s The Force Awakens, George Lucas had no tangible plans for making another sequel as late as 2008.
Yes, we know he discussed vague, potential plans for more sequels back in the 1980s, but things got very quiet after that. Then he came back with the prequel trilogy to fill in the early years of Anakin’s life, but still remained mum on the idea of actual sequels to the original films.
As if it weren't obvious the Disney deal precipitated development on the new sequels (and spinoffs, and animated series, etc.), Lucas’ May 2008 comments to Total Film where he says in no uncertain terms that sequels will never, ever happen make it extremely clear. So we're apparently living in an alternate reality right now. Right?
Check out a picture of the mostly forgotten interview below:
Yep, it doesn’t get much more cut and dried than that. Lucas believes the Star Wars saga is the story of Darth Vader, and he didn’t have many ideas outside of that concept. So he was done. Lucas also shows a fairly open disdain for how things developed in the Expanded Universe, which makes sense, since he never wanted sequels.
Oh, what a difference $4 billion can make.
(Via Cinephilia & Beyond)