By JediXMan 55 Comments
For those of you who don’t know, I was caught up in hurricane Sandy a bit. Thankfully, I am safe, and all I lost was Internet access for a few days – no big deal. My heart and prayers go out to those who have suffered and actually lost stuff during the hurricane.
Let me just say from the start that I didn’t believe this was true. Now, while working in the aftermath of Sandy, I heard from somebody I know that Lucasfilms/arts was bought by Disney, and that they intend on making new Star Wars movies. Without any way to verify the claim, I kinda brushed it off as a rumor without giving it much thought... then I log on and I see countless people talking about it and my inbox full of comments. I could no longer ignore this as a rumor. So here we are.
Honestly, my first initial fear was the idea of “rebooting” the series. I don’t have an inherent hatred for remakes, as long as they are done well. The problem with Star Wars is that it is different from other sagas in that it is continuous. It tries to be one single story, not many different universes or timelines or whatever. That is one of the things that really intrigues me about the Star Wars universe. Yes, there are retcons – and I cringe at almost every one that occurs. It’s unnecessary for such a clear-cut system, and it smacks of lazy writing and miscommunication – or stupidity. Could be a combination thereof.
The idea of an “original” Star Wars story set in the time frame this probably will be set in sends shivers down my spine, and not the good kind. But for all we know, it’s “original” in the way that “Lucas didn’t write it.” And I will be the first to say “GOOD” when anything Star Wars is not made by Lucas. Yes, I’m a Star Wars fan who dislikes Lucas – deal with it.
Honestly, there are two stories that I would love to see turned into a movie, and it would be very easy: The Thrawn Trilogy and Dark Empire. Both would fit into the “Episode VII” timeline with ease. Anything else would be... wrong. Just wrong. I would prefer the Thrawn Trilogy. Why? Because it would be totally different from what we’ve seen before! No Sith! And no, C’Baoth isn’t a Sith. It would be a good way to hit off the new era of Star Wars! Also: Hugo Weaving as Grand Admiral Thrawn. Make it happen, Disney!
There are a few possibilities that I have considered:
Best case scenario: Adaptations of EU material, thereby validating all of the EU entirely.
Lukewarm scenario: Original story, does not fit into the EU, and is a completely separate level of continuity that doesn’t change any established canon. Call it D-Canon or something. M-Canon; whatever.
Worst case scenario: Canon original story, making the EU non-canon. This would probably make me throw my hands up in defeat and walk away entirely.
The answer is, yes, I will see the movie when it comes out, because I feel some sort of misguided obligation to do so. It could be a piece of trash and I will still see it, just like I played the Force Unleashed and watched the first season of the Clone Wars (just the first season). And I will review it – count on it.