|Posted by Christina Cooper on October 31, 2012 at 3:45 AM|
Frakking hell! No, you don't need to check the date. It isn't April 1st.
But seriously folks, it's not just you. I am also still in general shock and awe that more Star Wars films are on the horizon. Today, as I was sitting, bored out of my mind, in my senior level government class, my friend sent my a simple text that said: Get on the internet. Star Wars Episode 7?? I went to the bathroom and honestly nearly screeched with excitement when I read that Lucasfilm had been purchased by Disney for $4.5 Billion.
I was browsing Twitter when I saw that most people were talking about Star Wars: Episode 7- just like any lifelong Star Wars fan, my heart skipped several beats. Could everything I've dreamt about Star Wars be coming true? The prequels weren't bad, but I always wanted to see Lucas expand the universe after the fall of the Emperor.
In a press conference early today, Disney announced that they are indeed looking into releasing Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015 and then plan to release a Star Wars film every 2-3 years. (HOLY FUCKING SHIT) Yup, I thought the same thing. We are potentially going to get tons of new Star Wars characters, story-lines and movies. We don't know if these additional movies will be a trilogy, if they plan to interconnect the movies, or if each movie will be an individual story with a different timeline and different main characters.
Disney has many incredible choices and areas they can lead this already successful franchise into. First, they have tons of talented writers and directors on staff (Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, Steven Speilberg) that would do a kick ass job at heading up a new Star Wars cinematic universe. Lucas has stated he will be staying on as a consultant, which at this point probably means he can be as involved in the process as he wants. Lucas had this to say about selling Lucasfilm:
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation tot he next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime"
George Lucas seems to be singing a much different tune than a few months ago when he sounded bitter about how fanboys have treated him and even stated that he would never make another Star Wars movie. He technically isn't lying. George Lucas won't be making another Star Wars movie, but someone else, with his full consent, will be.
I think this is one of the most exciting events to ever happen within a franchise. The company's last big purchase, Marvel, has been a huge success such far. Just as a sidetone, Disney now also owns the rights to Indiana Jones 5, so here's hoping we get to see Harrison in the fedora sooner rather than later.
As you can probably read, I'm a little conflicted over this. I love Star Wars. I always have and I think a part of me will be able to watch Empire Strikes Back an infinite number of times through. My dad was the first person I called to break the news about Star Wars: Episode 7. He was just as excited as I was at the prospect of getting to see yet another Star Wars film in theaters. Looking back, I can barely remember going to see Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones. I was old enough to remember going to see Revenge of the Sith at midnight, but getting to see the newest Star Wars movie at midnight in 2015 is going to be something special.
But not everyone is sold on the idea of Disney making new Star Wars movies. I can't blame them. Like I said earlier, I love Star Wars. A lot of us love Star Wars, probably a little too much, but what the hell, how could we not instantly fall in love with Han Solo or the general awesomeness that is Darth Vader/his breathing. We don't want anything to ruin it and make it so horrible that it almost brings down the greatness of Star Wars as a whole. I think this is a fair and reasonable argument, but one that Disney has proven they know how to avoid. Disney is a smart company who has made plenty of incredible movies. They know what went wrong in the sequels, and the bottom line is, I think they know what the fans want.
The few Star Wars fans I talked to during classes today and around campus made me realize that all of us are excited for so many different parts of this new Star Wars universe. I personally am hoping that they include more of the Force and Jedi using that power in everyday use and in battle. My roommate wants to see either really far into the future, like possible 1000 years after Luke, or she wants to see how Yoda created the original Jedi Order. Others want to see minor characters, such as Boba Fett, get screen time. I'm not sure how a movie with him as the lead would work, but it would still be very cool.
Finally, Star Wars is special to a lot of us. The generation that grew up with Harry Potter probably started by watching Star Wars. Although 2015 seems like a decade away, it's both alarming and exciting to think that one day, I could be taking my kids to see a Star Wars movie in theaters just as my dad was able to share his love for Star Wars with me. Wow. 2015 cannot get here fast enough.