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Around the time The Empire Strikes Back came out—and the first Star Wars film was retitled Episode IV: A New Hope—there were a number of apparently authoritative statements that the Star Wars series was eventually planned to to have nine film installments. (For example, that claim appeared in the interior notes for the original two-LP soundtrack for Empire.)

By the time there was serious talk of the prequel trilogy being made, I recall Lucas saying that he did not intend to make more than six Star Wars movies (and maybe that he had never intended more than six). It seems now that he never had any fixed story ideas for after Return of the Jedi, but there was certainly a time in the early 1980s when a nonalogy was the announced goal of the Star Wars series. So when was it actually first indicated that Lucasfilm did not have any plans for more than six?

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    A set of 9 works should really be an "ennealogy". If you're going to call it a "nonology" then I guess you'd call a set of 6 works a "sexology"? (ObSF: Sexology was the title of another magazine published by Hugo Gernsback, who is best known to us fans for Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories, and Science Fiction Plus.) – user14111 Jul 12 at 2:31
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    @user14111 probably it’d be called a “hexology” because it sounds less silly. – Stormblessed Jul 12 at 3:36
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    @Stormblessed Or (correctly spelled) hexalogy. – user14111 Jul 12 at 3:45
  • Nomenclature aside, it seems to me that it's difficult to prove a negative. Are you looking for evidence that he NEVER intended to make nine, or evidence that he decided to call it a day after 6? The prequel trilogy didn't exactly go down very well when it first came out (in terms of public opinion - I'm sure it raked in plenty of moolahs) so he may have changed his mind at some point during production of I - III. It might be easier to find evidence that he DID, at any point, plan to make nine (I've heard plenty of rumours too, but nothing with really solid sources.) – Steve-O Jul 12 at 13:25
  • *Ennealogy: A story comprised of nine volumes that are constantly being updated by people with too much time and too many bad ideas. – Robert Columbia Jul 12 at 17:54
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Early 2000's. I heard about this in early 2000's and found info about it on Wikipedia. In short he stated that Star Wars was his and that he'd be too old to direct more trilogies and didn't want anyone else making Star Wars movies:

In an interview published in the February 1999 issue of Vanity Fair, Lucas said: "When you see it in six parts, you'll understand. It really ends at part six. I never had a story for the sequels, for the later ones." In early May 2002, just before the worldwide release of Episode II: Attack of the Clones and while Lucas was working on the script for Episode III, rumors of Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX were posted on the Internet. In reply, Lucas noted that there would be no such sequels, since the time felt right to move on:

I am going to do my own movies. I have got some ideas but they are the kind of movies that aren't going to be popular, they're not going to be successful in terms of financing. I have managed to get a fund by doing these (blockbuster) movies that allows me the creative freedom to do things that may never see the light of day—or if they do get distributed they will be on a very limited basis because they are not mass entertainment movies. There are a lot of things I still want to do. I want to do a TV show, some TV movies, mostly they will be historical in nature.

In 1999, when asked about the possibility of someone else making Star Wars films, Lucas said, "Probably not, it's my thing." In August 1999, at a press conference in New York City to discuss The Phantom Menace, Lucas described the "nine year commitment" required to make a Star Wars trilogy. In 2002, he said: "Basically what I said as a joke was, 'Maybe when Harrison and Carrie are in their 70s, we'll come back and do another version.' The thing I didn't realize then, and that I do realize now very clearly, is that not only would they be in their 70s, but I would be in my 70s too." He also noted, "Ultimately, the saga will be six films, a 12-hour story. Then people can watch all six films together as they were intended to be seen."

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