He might have sold up his company Lucasfilm to Disney (for a cool £2.7 billion), but some Star Wars fans want George Lucas back.
So much so, in fact, that a group of them have launched an online petition to get him to direct ‘Star Wars IX’, the third in the new trilogy.
Of course, there’s one small issue – that 'Jurassic World’ helmsman Colin Trevorrow is already in place for it, but seemingly it’s nothing personal.
Brazilian fan Yuri Luiz of São Paulo, Brazil, is behind the campaign, and at the time of publishing, the petition was close to reaching its target of 5000 signees.
In a statement to Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, he said: “Bring back George Lucas for the Star Wars movies. Put the father of the franchise as director of Episode IX . We really want this, please .
“We have no problem with Colin Trevorrow, but he’s not the right guy to direct Star Wars Episode IX . George Lucas as director of Episode IX would be the perfect way to end this new trilogy and make an epic farewell between the Father of Star Wars and the whole universe of the galaxy far, far away.”
Not sure that 5000 signatories will sway Disney from its current course, but it’s worth a try if it’s what you really, really want to happen.
Since its release, Lucas has been lukewarm about 'The Force Awakens’.
“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” he said.
“They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do.
“And I don’t have the control to do that any more, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
He also likened to Disney to 'white slavers’, a comment he later apologised for making.
“I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologise,” he said.
“I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of J.J. and Kathy.”
Image credits: Rex Features/Celebrity Wire/Disney