As many of you may have read Lucas told Mark Hamil and Carrie Fischer his plans over a year ago. Well for several years I have been seeing articles like the one below claiming that the Star Wars saga is to continue after the 3D rereleases and that they were to inpart fun and prepare the audience for the new trilogy. Sort of the same way the special edition screenings and shadows of the empire crossover sales did. http://furiousfanboys.com/2010/10/star-wars-sequel-trilogy-due-in-2019/ Well after the Phantom Menace was rereleased to less than exciting results things began to change. Instead of one film a year Lucas now planned to release II and III back to back. It seems like a lot of effort went into promoting the release too, Lucas even gave the command (yes reports cite him as the source) for the Clone Wars team to bring back Darth Maul for the end of Season 5 ending early in 2012. They even left him alive and left his story reasonably open ended. As we all know now Disney has officially purchased Lucas films a few days ago and now openly plans to produce a sequel trilogy. Is this a result of a the poor response to the 3D releases and a fear that the marketability of Star Wars maybe going down? Perhaps Lucas just decided he needed some help? Or maybe Red Tails truly was the last straw and he realized he was alienating his own fan base? Whatever reason it may be do you believe there is any correlation?