Last month Disney bought LucasFilm for 4.05 million dollars, and although I have misgivings about George Lucas’s choice about who he chose to sell his grandest achievement to, the deal is done. Disney has Star Wars (and possibly Indiana Jones?) and fans now have to think about what will happen to their beloved science fiction world of long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Episode 7 is set to come out in 2015 which will prove to either further damn the franchise or give it new life. And a lot of talk has been had about this upcoming promised trilogy, one such discussion involving AMC theaters.
Personally, I gave up liking the franchise after Episodes 1-3, so hearing this wasn’t really the greatest news. But Disney has done great things with The Avengers, so I guess I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. They could do very well with next Star Wars trilogy and the movies to come after them, but only if they use new stories and new characters. So I was very happy to hear that this just might be the case. Leave the books out of the movies, take up new characters and use the world as a frame. Okay, that sounds a bit like fan fiction or role playing, but in a world where media seems to be remade every twenty five years or so anything different would be welcome.
I want the movies to have original characters, maybe references or cameos of the original cast, but nothing that would damage the original trilogy or the original characters. George Lucas wants to give Star Wars to the next generation, so make it the next generation—just not the children of Leia and Han, or Luke. I mean, I think we’ve all seen how destructive digging into character history can be for the franchise from Episodes 1-3 (talk about ruining a villain).
So I’ll give the new trilogy a chance, I’ll sit in the theater come 2015 and hope the Force was with the filmmakers throughout production.