New "Star Wars" movies - dream come true, or cosmic yawn?

Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:03pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy and Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For years, it seemed like another "Star Wars" movie was just a dream, stillborn in a galaxy far, far away.

But down on Earth, the Walt Disney movie studio had different ideas, announcing on Tuesday that it planned not one but at least three new "Star Wars" movies, starting in three years' time.

Disney's $4 billion acquisition of George Lucas' Lucasfilm and the multibillion-dollar "Star Wars" franchise surprised investors and caused mixed reactions among movie fans, many of whom had little appetite for more Luke Skywalkers and Jedis.

"The series had stagnated creatively. This could go well...Or not," said Facebook user Chris Goodson.

Another user, Peter Campbell, voiced his disbelief, asking, "Is this for real? Oh please, enough with the Star Wars movies."

Lucas, whose imagination gave pop culture Princess Leia and her crazy cinnamon-bun hairstyle, the anti-hero Darth Vader and the catch phrase "May The Force Be With You," has insisted for years that he would make no more than the three original films and three prequels.

Lucas has often expressed frustration with criticism from many avid "Star Wars" fans who have taken issue with his director's cuts of the films.

"Why would I make any more," Lucas told the New York Times in a January interview about the "Star Wars" movies, "when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"   Continued...

Filmmaker and Chairman of the Board of Lucasfilm Ltd. George Lucas waits to do a television interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser