Rumor: George Lucas Plotting More 'Star Wars' Movies

We know. Saying that George Lucas is making new Star Wars movies is the movie geek equivalent of 2+2=4. It's obvious, it's hack, it's something your mom might say to try and impress you. Plus, it'll never happen. Lucas has said time and again that he's done with this world. But then he releases The Clone Wars. And then he re-releases the films in 3D. And then he creates a live action television series. Sooner or later, all these wild and crazy rumors might just come to fruition.

So, be sure to file this rumor under "just in case," but IESB – who has been known to have connections at Lucasfilm in the past – is currently reporting that Lucas is "plotting to create" new Star Wars movies which would be released after the six three 3D re-releases and would take place far in the future, not relating to the Skywalkers. More after the jump? You bet we do.

"This is, of course, completely false," Lucasfilm spokesman Josh Kushins wrote to Wired. "George Lucas has plenty of projects to keep him busy right now — including plenty of Star Wars projects — but there are no new Star Wars feature films planned."

What are they going to say, though, right? "Damn it. You got us. George Lucas has a whole new pair of trilogies being planned for later this decade." Let's be serious. Whether or not this rumor is true or false, Lucasfilm has to deny it.

In the IESB piece, they back up their source by informing readers that they broke the news of Revenge of the Sith's PG-13 rating, the live action TV show as well as The Clone Wars show. They believe that's enough to substantiate the rumor.

Specifically, they report that while working on the 3D conversions of the new films, which will begin in 2012 with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Lucas "has gotten the itch." He has "gotten motivated with the success the Clone Wars animated series, the video games and also with the success of Avatar."

The sequels, not prequels, would not focus on the Skywalkers, but instead be set in the future. Same universe, but totally different story. By doing this, Lucas doesn't have to fit pieces into a puzzle like he had to do with the prequels. And he has stated that that process was creatively constricting to him.

So, apparently, his plan is work on all the 3D movies, make several hundred million more dollars, then use that money to make new movies  – hopefully releasing the first one within a year or two of the Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 3D release would would be in like 2017.

We know. This rumor is crazy. And we only report it as a rumor because it's such a juicy one and it keeps coming up. But, one time, it's bound to be true, right?

I can't wait to read your comments on this one.