When The Empire Strikes Back was released, Lucas said he planned three Star Wars trilogies – the third to take place after Return of the Jedi. Is it ever gonna happen? Maybe Lucas could license out the project to some other director?
It would be a rare creative challenge – the story of rebuilding the Republic after the destruction of the Emperor and Darth Vader. I mean, then the Alliance would have to confront all the political problems they would have put on the back burner during the war. Do they want something just like the old Republic? Considering how it self-destructed? Maybe there’s a better way? And maybe some planets that supported the Alliance were really, in their own minds, fighting for total independence – a galaxy with no interstellar government. And maybe some of those planets, left to their own devices, would fall under some very nasty local dictatorships . . . We’ve already seen how chattel slavery was practiced on worlds outside the Republic’s control . . . It would have to be a very different set of stories, much less black-and-white. It would involve very bitter conflicts, perhaps, between servants of the Light Side of the Force, who have differing opinions on what the right thing is.
Considering their subject matter, the SW films up to now have strangely ignored political questions as such. It’s often been said that the Rebels might have been Nazis for all we knew of their politics. We sided with them because we could see their faces. The Stormtroopers are armored and anonymous. Besides, the Empire uses ruthless methods and shows indifference to the rights of the individual – a democratic government would never do that . . . right? [cough]Guantanamo[cough]