At the launch of his latest project, George Lucas admits to having had writers block for "at least 22 years!".
"Ever since Indiana Jones and the last Crusade, I just haven't been able to come up with an original idea or exciting new story. I feel that characters such as Jar-Jar binks and most of the Clone wars stuff is just a rehash of my earlier work, and as for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, what was I thinking?"
Talking at the DVD launch of the re-mastered 3D, 33rd anniversary edition of the Star Wars Christmas Special, Lucas also lamented how the brave new direction that the Christmas Special previewed, was never followed through to its conclusion as his ideas for a "Moulin Rouge in space", type musical, never came to fruition.
"We had all these great ideas to follow up Star Wars with a movie to rival Fame or Flashdance, we even had a name of the Empire strides forth set to go. Harrison Ford had done a year of ballet training, Mark Hamill was into street dance and early hip-hop and Carrie Fisher was queen of line dancing. We even had routines worked out for R2-D2, C3PO and Chewie.
But the studio just said that the sight of Chewbacca singing "As they take my man away, I can feel the sith on the breeze, I have to turn my head away as Han is put in Carbon Freeze" was a step too far, and the Empire Strikes Back was made instead."
Speaking of how he has struggled to write anything of nore recently, Lucas then revealed an ambitious release schedule for his new projects:
"We Have the Star Wars 35th anniversary 3D, in black and white with completely alternative actors heads CGI'd onto the originals torso's (Rumours that Charlie Chaplin has been CGI'd onto Luke Skywalker are being denied), that's in 2012, then we have the Empire Strikes Back - Happy Edition, in which Han Solo is not carbon frozen but instead the ending is one great big carnival celebrating the sith! that's in 2012 too. And finally for now we have the Return of the Jedi - Non Ewok edition in Blue Ray, where we have replaced the Ewoks with Smurfs! that's for 2012 as well."
All in all, after that conversation it was clear that the writers block had gone, and insanity had taken hold instead.