Since it’s an unwritten law of the universe that people will start a petition for literally anything, a small group of Star Wars fans have begun petitioning for George Lucas to direct Episode IX, which is currently set to be directed by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow for an expected 2019 release.
Yuri Luiz of São Paulo, Brazil started the petition and has sent it to Disney, Lucasfilm, and Kathleen Kennedy, the current president of Lucasfilm and overseer of the Star Wars film franchise. Luiz — and the roughly 4,700 others who have signed the document as of this writing — argue that bringing Lucas back 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.”
Lucas famously sold the franchise to Disney for $4 billion back in 2012 and considering he made some rather disparaging remarks towards the latest film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Disney (which he later apologized for), it’s hard to imagine the two parties wanting to work together in the near future. There’s also the issue of many Star Wars fans no longer wanting anything to do with Lucas, who still receives heavy criticism to this day for “damaging” the Star Wars brand with his three prequel films, which were poorly received by fans and critics alike when they were released between 1999-2005.
Admittedly, we’d be open to the idea of George Lucas returning to the franchise if Disney were able to reign in some of his propensity for bad ideas (he is, after all, the man who created Star Wars in the first place). With how things currently stand though, it’s highly unlikely that Lucas will ever make another Star Wars film, so these petitioners might want to put their wishful thinking into a more realistic endeavor.