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fans launch petition to bring George Lucas back to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII

January 8th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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The Star Wars fans have never been afraid to share their opinions. Their latest act of rebellion revolves around a petition calling for the return of George Lucas to the saga as director of Episode IX, the film set to be directed by Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow.

Over-zealous fan Yuri Luiz of São Paolo, Brazil, took to Change.org pleading for Disney bosses to see sense and restore Lucas to the director’s seat for the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, Episode IX, scheduled for 2019.

“We have no problem with Colin Trevorrow, but he’s not the right guy to direct Star Wars Episode IX,” wrote Luiz. “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 … ”

However, the petition has failed to sufficiently take off, garnering only 3,825 signatures, compared to almost 25,000 for a petition calling for the completion of the abandoned game Star Wars 1313.

Lucas recently stated he was done with the franchise and wouldn’t be directing because of the criticism he received for the prequels.

Lucas, 71, received a standing ovation at the Forcer Awakens premiere but appeared disgruntled by the actual film itself, criticising its “retro approach.” He was also forced to apologise after using an “inappropriate analogy” when describing Disney as “white slavers.”

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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