As you probably know by now, it doesn’t take much. Here on the movie blogosphere, one tiny little off-hand comment can start a wildfire of rumor and speculation. As is the case with this latest little comment about a new Star Wars movie being in the works. Behold, a tale of interpretation.
Last night, an AICN commenter picked up a seemingly innocuous blog post from Thomas Dolby, the man behind such epic pop hits as Hyperactive and She Blinded Me With Science. Dolby was writing about a visit he had with a friend, Paul Sebastien, who has worked with LucasArts for a long time. During the visit, Sebastien said a lot — and possibly too much:
Last night he was telling me a little about the forthcoming Star Wars-related TV show, movie and online games—very cool indeed.
While it would be easy to assume that a new Star Wars TV show and “movie” might go together (as in, we’re shooting a new TV show and kicking it off with a made-for-TV movie), or that it is part of the previously reported Star Tours film companion that was shooting in LA over the summer, it is way more fun to assume that George Lucas is secretly plotting another episode of the Saga. This should boil the blood of many a fan, as the last three installments didn’t exactly go over well (despite making a metric crap-ton of money).
I can’t say that I’m against the prospect of a new Star Wars movie, as its possible for Lucas to have learned from the mistakes of the prequels and for him to go somewhere else in the universe and find a really great story. Then again, maybe not. Either way, it’s fun to speculate.
[UPDATE] Thomas Dolby has posted the following update to his blog this morning:
A slight correction about the Lucas thing that my friend Paul Sebastien pointed out to me: he’s actually not aware of any movie plans, and was just talking about the live action TV show that George had talked about in an interview with an Australian TV station a while back. Paul is only working on the games side, and I know from past experience that he’s very professional and discrete, and would never leak confidential secrets, even to a close friend.