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The Future of 'Star Wars': Lucas Says It Could Go on 'For The Next Hundred Years'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 15, 2012 at 12:51PM

This week's EW looks at what the future holds for the ever-expanding "Star Wars" galaxy. Highlights -- including info about Harrison Ford's possible involvement, quotes from Mark Hammill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original three films),..
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This week's EW looks at what the future holds for the ever-expanding "Star Wars" galaxy. Highlights -- including info about Harrison Ford's possible involvement, quotes from Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in the original three films), and George Lucas on continuing with the franchise-- "for the next hundred years" -- are below.

Mark Hamill on Episodes VII, VIII and IX:

“When [Lucas] said, ‘We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,’ I was just gobsmacked. ‘What? Are you nuts?’ I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end, and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be. And it’s great that people have fond memories— if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.”

A "highly placed source" on the possibility of Harrison Ford, Hammill and Carrie Fisher returning for the next film:

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it; all three of them are. Things look good and people want to make this happen, so it will probably move forward when there’s a script to read.”

"Star Wars" forever?

Last week Lucas told Disney shareholders in a taped message that he’s handing over “a large group of ideas and characters and books and all kinds of things—we could go on making Star Wars for the next hundred years.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.