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Encyclopedia > Star Wars sequel trilogy

The sequel trilogy was a rumored film trilogy sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, to be made by Lucasfilm. Image File history File links Information. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Lucasfilm Ltd. ...

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Initial details

After the initial success of Star Wars, a sequel was inevitable, but over time, conflicting reports spread as to how many sequels were planned[citation needed]. In 1978, a Time magazine article reported that the newly formed Star Wars Corp. would be producing "Star Wars II, and then, count them, ten other planned sequels."[citation needed] This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ...


In 1979, director George Lucas said in an interview on the set of The Empire Strikes Back, "The first script was one of six original stories I had written in the form of two trilogies. After the success of Star Wars, I added another trilogy[citation needed]. So now there are nine stories. The original two trilogies were conceived of as six films of which the first film was number four." Lucas backed this up with a 1980 interview with the L.A. Reader, stating "Star Wars is really three trilogies, nine films... it won't be finished for probably another 20 years."[citation needed] George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ...


The sequel trilogy

Based on early statements from Lucasfilm, this set of films would have taken place from approximately 40 years after the events depicted in Return of the Jedi[citation needed]. A detailed fan timeline has suggested narrowing this further to 39 years after the original trilogy, though this remains conjectural. The series would have been Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the revamped original Star Wars Trilogy. ...


This sequel trilogy was to feature Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Master in his sixties, passing the torch to the next generation of Jedi, the rebuilding of the Galactic Republic and the reestablishment of the Jedi Order[citation needed]. According to a 1983 Time article, its main theme was "the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong". Based on statements at the time from Lucas, a major villain in the sequel trilogy would have been a figure previously frozen from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith[citation needed]. Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Jedi Masters (left to right) Saesee Tiin, Agen Kolar, Mace Windu, and Kit Fisto. ... Jedi Masters (left to right) Saesee Tiin, Agen Kolar, Mace Windu, and Kit Fisto. ... - Senator Palpatine Form of Government Federal Republic Official language Basic Capital Coruscant Head of Government Chancellor Establishment c. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ...


In the book Icons: Intimate Portraits by Denise Worrell, Lucas is reported to have only a vague notion of what will happen in the three films of a sequel trilogy. He is quoted as saying "If the first trilogy is social and political and talks about how society evolves, Star Wars is more about personal growth and self realization, and the third deals with moral and philosophical problems. The sequel is about Jedi Knighthood, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned."


Gary Kurtz, the producer of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, recalls that the outline for a sequel trilogy was "very vague", outlining Skywalker's journey to becoming the premiere Jedi Knight in the Obi-Wan Kenobi mold, and his ultimate confrontation with Emperor Palpatine. According to Kurtz, early plans for this trilogy would have included the introduction of Luke's sister (who was not slated to be Princess Leia), and the first appearance of the Emperor, elements that were incorporated into Return of the Jedi once Kurtz and Lucas parted ways after The Empire Strikes Back[citation needed]. Gary Kurtz (born July 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California) was the producer on Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Obi-Wan Kenobi or Ben Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Palpatine is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann...


In a 2004 interview, Mark Hamill said: "You know, when I first did this, it was four trilogies. 12 movies! And out on the desert, any time between setups… lots of free time. And George was talking about this whole thing. I said, ‘Why are you starting with IV, V and VI? It’s crazy.’ [Imitating Lucas grumble,] ‘It’s the most commercial section of the movie.’ He said the first trilogy’s darker, more serious. And the impression I got, he said, ‘Um, how’d you like to be in Episode IX?’ This is 1976. ‘When is that going to be?’ ‘2011.’ I defy anyone to add 36 years to their lives and not be stunned. Even an eight year old is like, ‘No, I’ll never be 47.’ So I did the math and figured out how old I’d be. I said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do?’ He said, ‘You’ll just be like a cameo. You’ll be like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope." Lucas dismissed the comment as "off-hand". Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ...


Further episodes

A further trilogy was potentially planned, as George Lucas initially mentioned the series to have a total of twelve films[citation needed]. No information has surfaced regarding further storylines, other than that they were to be from "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker" series, according to a 1978 issue of Bantha Tracks, the Official Star Wars Fan Club Newsletter.


Current possibility

Currently, there are no firm plans to produce these films. Lucasfilm's stance is that the six Star Wars films comprise the entire story Lucas intended to tell, despite mentions to the contrary in the press and official publications over time.


In a 1997 issue of the Star Wars Insider, Lucas said "[The whole story has] six episodes....If I ever went beyond that, it would be something that was made up. I really don't have any notion other than 'Gee, it would be interesting to do Luke Skywalker later on.' It wouldn't be part of the main story, but a sequel to this thing." Star Wars Insider Star Wars Insider is the official magazine of Lucasfilm. ...


In a 1999 interview with Vanity Fair, Lucas denied ever having any plans to make nine Star Wars movies. "When you see it in six parts, you'll understand", Lucas said at the time. "It really ends at part six." When asked about the possibility of someone else taking over the film franchise, Lucas said "Probably not, it's my thing." American actress Demi Moore, on a typical Vanity Fair cover (August, 1991) Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles based on sensational exaggerations, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and lies. ...


An interview from May 2002 has another interesting quote from Lucas where he makes reference to a possible future film: "The challenge for me is telling a six-part story: so in Episode I there are things that I have to get in that refer to Episode VII — no, hang on, we're not there yet. I mean Episode IV."[1]


Cinescape posted the following quote from TheForce.Net that had lots of Star Wars fans raising an eyebrow or two: according to the December 2003 issue of that magazine, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew said that when he signed his contract to work in Episode III, there was a clause that he would be "required" to work in Episodes VII, VIII and IX. But, after finishing Revenge of the Sith, Lucas restated on several occasions that he had no plans of making another Star Wars film trilogy[citation needed]. TheForce. ... Peter Mayhew (born May 19, 1944 in Barnes, London, England) is an English actor, best known for playing the Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies. ...


See also

Revenge of the Sith is the third film of the prequel trilogy. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the revamped original Star Wars Trilogy. ...

References

  • The Star Wars Timeline Gold, compiled by Star Wars fan Nathan P. Butler.
  • Issue #2 of Bantha Tracks, the Official Star Wars Fan Club Newsletter, 1978. (Subscription required to view.)
  • Once Upon A Galaxy: A Journal of The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, pg. 176, by Alan Arnold, 1980. - Interview with Lucas about sequel trilogy.
  • Time; March 6, 1978.
  • L.A. Reader; March 7, 1980.
  • L.A. Herald Examiner; August 21, 1980.
  • L.A. Times; September 23, 1980.
  • Time; May 19, 1980.
  • Time; May 23, 1983.
  • Foreword to Splinter of the Mind's Eye, 1994 printing.
  • The Secrets of Shadows of the Empire pg. 26, by Mark Cotta Vaz, 1996.
  • Star Wars Insider, Issue #35, Winter 1997.
  • Vanity Fair; February 1999.
  • 1999 Statements by Gary Kurtz about the original outline for nine Star Wars films.
  • 2000 Interview with producer Gary Kurtz.
  • 2004 Studio Briefing article with comments from Hamill and Lucas on sequel trilogies.
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