It’s hard to say goodbye to something you love. To accept the loss and get over the grief. What makes it harder, impossible even, is if that thing you love keeps giving you hope. A glimmer, a tease. Like a midnight text message. Or post-breakup sex. Sometimes these promises of what might have been, or what could be, make you do dumb things or be overly trusting.
Sometimes you have to proactively try and heal. Here at The Last Movie Outpost we have tried that with Star Wars when we first tried to fix The Last Jedi by ourselves. Then we got massively over-confident and tried the same trick with the entire prequel trilogy (Act II to follow).
But we still can’t help ourselves. The thing that led us excitedly to movie discussion websites in the first place around 22 or 23 years ago can still give us the glimmer, the midnight text message. Like fools we forget the broken crockery, the unkind words, the ruined parties and slashed clothes. The sheer craziness. We hear things that peak our interest.
A couple of weeks back came a crazy rumor from a source with a decent track record. A rumor so crazy that we thought it might just be true. That Disney know they screwed the Star Wars pooch and were going to do something about it. Something drastic. Something wonderful.
From a different source, but in the same ballpark of drastic actions, comes this next rumor.
George Lucas is back, baby!
We knew that Jon Favreau had been courting him around The Mandalorian for some time. However after the now infamous “White Slavers” interview, and Disney seemingly distancing themselves from the Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy wherever possible, we thought it might be unlikely he would be all in again.
Particularly after Disney looked at his ideas for the sequel trilogy and decided to go in a different direction with a different story team around them. This led to accusations around The Force Awakens just being a retread of A New Hope before The Last Jedi ripped fandom apart. Then The Rise Of Skywalker satisfied absolutely nobody in a ham-fisted attempt to close things off and take away the taste of The Last Jedi.
According to some online outlets the Star Wars creator has not given up on his sequel trilogy and may be reworking it. It will serve as a direct sequel to A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi.
It was rumored that he wanted to explore the scientific aspect of the Force by expanding on the midichlorians and would have featured the Whills. Those of us who are deep geeks remember that the Star Wars original scripts and the accompanying novel were tagged as From The Journal Of The Whills. Online speculation has led to a Whill being anything from a creature that feeds on the Force to being the species of Yoda. The characters in Rogue One such as Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe were Guardian’s Of The Whills, as was Lor San Tekka, played by Max Von Sydow in The Force Awakens.
The story would have concentrated on Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Lando, R2-D2 and C-3PO. It has been suggested he may set the story some time before The Force Awakens and re-cast.
How this would dovetail with the rumored Force Vision Retcon of the Sequel Trilogy is unclear, if there was ever anything in that story. Lucas has been making more positive noises about returning lately. He has been on the set of The Mandalorian quite a lot and has seemingly responded to Filoni, Favreau, Rejwan and what they are doing with The Mandalorian. They have seemed to have reached out to him sensitively.
Time will tell if there is anything in these rumors.