Well, I guess almost everyone reading this must be very much aware of some of the biggest and possibly to some people, most controversial news in science fiction for quite some time. The last biggest announcement similar to this was probably the linking of Disney with Marvel studios which put the fear seriously well into many globally but then-so far- seems to have actually not been so much of a very bad thing at all; judging by world reaction to the IRON MAN films, and Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS.
But then all out of nowhere, suddenly the ever crafty old sneaky devil Lucas made the announcement that he had made a phenomenally lucrative deal with Disney, which then also informed us that the infamous House of Mouse were then planning to go ahead with at least a new trilogy of Star Wars movies.
The biggest and very ominous difference between this new announcement and latest Disney connection, is of course that there have been a good years since the last three films, and George Lucas has always usually been very careful about the direction of the franchise; but this is one of the most well known, well loved movies series in film history.
So alright, many of us have a strong opinion about Disney, how they make films, how they distort pop culture, and simply just want to make as much cash as they can but let us just stop and think about what Star Wars as a brand and franchise has been for a long, long time…
I am in my thirties, which is the age that a very large portion of the modern die-hard Star Wars fans might be at now, with their full-time careers, mortgages, young kids who might have see the most recent trilogy a few years back-while the parents were unimpressed, overjoyed or sickened at the results there around a decade ago now.
But what could really be a big problem with the joining of Lucas/Star Wars and Disney? Star Wars as science fiction is just so mainstream, populist and was created and crafted that way by Lucas from the very start right? Before the very first movie, he made his art-thouse sci-fi film THX-1138, which allowed him to challenge himself but did very little financially.
We have all lived through the prequel trilogy which greeted international cinema screens over the last ten years or more, with some people disgusted with Jar-Jar Binks, Ewan McGregor’s acting, Hayden Christensen in general…so the point I am getting at now is-could any new films be any worse than any of those last three?
I do not wish to tempt fate, as well, I sense that even as bad as parts of Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones were at many times, I do still think there is plenty of room for much worse in the Star Wars world. I am not on the attack here either, as I am certainly a fan of all of the Star Wars movies honestly to some degree.
We do certainly view Star Wars with great loyal fanboy/girl affection and treasured nostalgia, as many people experienced the movies at a very young age, which sparked their imaginations and took them away to another exciting place. Now, Disney may have been getting it all wrong with their own movies for a long while now, until very recently only just making a few successful steps back up with their animated output; but then with their connection to the Marvel comics films they have kept their distance and helped them to become extremely rewarding international super-hit movies.
Surely then, Disney will act in the same way forward with their plans for the legendary Star Wars series. Or will they? And significantly-how much does George Lucas even care about the next set of films personally?
I am sure that he does care about how the franchise evolves now that he has passed it on, but this also sees it become some kind of very interesting cultural long-living legend in motion. Much like the DC characters Batman and Superman, Marvel’s Spider Man, Hulk, Captain America; these characters have existed for many, many decades now, almost nearing a century. Like them- we have Luke, Han Solo, Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda Obi-Wan and all the others from Star Wars, globally known characters. These are modern myths, epic tales, which may over many more decades and longer become known as our own legends or tales which we lived by.
Already names of very well known and respected directors and screenwriters have been mentioned which may be connected to the first new Star Wars movie which looks due for 2015. Time will show us just how will happen in the continuing world and story that is Star Wars…