August 25, 2012 – I had the privilege of meeting Stephen Sansweet, the longtime director of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm Ltd. and the uber-collector of Star Wars, at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando in August, 2012.
Steve has a vast reservoir of knowledge and is, presumably, well connected to any leads and information. He retired from Lucasfilm Ltd. in April, 2011, and opened his non-profit museum, Rancho Obi-Wan, in Sonoma County, California in 2011. And so I asked him about the FUTURE OF STAR WARS: Would George Lucas carry out his vision of a final trilogy? Many years ago, George Lucas had explained his grand space opera was to be told in three trilogies. With the original trilogy (1977-1983) and the prequels (1999-2005) completed, there was some unfinished business.
But Steve confidently assured me that George Lucas was done. The storyline was wrapped up and concluded in Episode III. There would be no more movies.
I asked him, “What about the huge profit motive? Surely, if not George, then his estate or successor would want to continue the franchise?” But Steve Sansweet was adamant that George Lucas had closed out that possibility. So was Steve entirely truthful? I believe and hope that he was. Of course, he could have been sworn to secrecy to not divulge any ongoing talks or plans, and that’s OK, too.
P.S. Thought I would share this tidbit because, two months later, Disney would enter the picture and change everything. Click here for more information about Rancho Obi-Wan.