Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out for a while now, breaking box office records and getting mostly positive response [sadly I belong to that group of fans who wasn’t impressed by it at all, finding it very lazy and rather dumb] news keeps filtering in about it and the franchise in general. A week or so ago George Lucas said how he wasn’t too keen on the J. J. Abrams picture, which to him lacked originality [he’s right about that], and how at least with the prequels he tried to make them different from each other [which I guess is partly true, though they all shared some of the same major flaws]. A couple of days afterwards, an online petition started up from a group of fans who want George Lucas to return and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is currently assigned to Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow. They don’t think that Trevorrow is the right person to direct the film, and think that it’ll be a poetic way to conclude the trio of trilogies by having the man who started the whole thing off at the helm of the last movie. I kind of agree with the second point, as long as Lucas isn’t left on his own to write the thing.
Trevorrow told ET:
“It’s funny, I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we’re going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy. It’s the greatest story ever told, I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”
So it sounds like, unlike Abrams, Trevorrow is up for trying some new stuff and actually being inventive. Maybe he should have written and directed The Force Awakens. In any case, I think it’s doubtful that Lucas would be up for directing Episode IX, considering that he already doesn’t like the direction the films seem to be going in.