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Star Wars 7: Where Will the Story Take Us?

Now that we have had some time to process the amazing news that there will be more Star Wars movies, it’s time to start speculating.  The next movie is tentatively coming out in 2015 so speculation this early is almost pointless… but that’s never stopped me before.

With the announcement of an Episode VII the first thing on many people’s mind was “what will the story be about?”  It’s anyone’s guess, but we have been given a little direction.  Since the movie was referred to as Star Wars 7 that implies it will be picking up where Return of the Jedi left off or at least take place after RotJ in the timeline.  Here is what George Lucas had to say about the material that will be used for future Star Wars movies.

I have story treatments of 7, 8, and 9 and a bunch of other movies and obviously we have hundreds of books and comics.. everthing you could possibly imagine.  I sort of move that treasure trove of stories to Kathy and I have complete confidence that she is going to take them and make great movies.

Ok, so maybe that doesn’t tell us too much but we know that George has given story treatments for the new movies so we have to assume that these treatments will at least be the basis for what we see in 7, 8, and 9.  What is the likely direction the story will take?  All of our main characters are still alive and kickin’ at the end of Jedi so will these new movies pick up their story?  Will we instead get the story of the next generation of Solos and Skywalkers?  Will Chewbacca be killed for dramatic effect?  Let the speculation begin.

Unlikely: Expanded Universe Adaption

Many fans of the Expanded Universe of Star Wars already know what happens to Luke and friends after Return of the Jedi.  Han and Leia get married and have kids, Luke goes dark, he comes back to the light, he gets married, he has a kid, and so on.  But will these stories, which are found mostly in novels but also in comics, be the basis of the new movies?  Probably not.  George Lucas has a history of ignoring the Expanded Universe.  If these new movies are based on his treatments they will not be adaptions of  or even similar to the Thrawn Trilogy or the New Jedi Order books, as much as some fans might want to see that.  That doesn’t mean elements from these books won’t leak into the movies.  Maybe there will be a character named Mara Jade or Han and Leia may have twins, but I wouldn’t expect them to be the characters we know from the novels.  I just hope that if they do decide to give Luke a son they at least name him Ben.

More Likely: Directly After Return of the Jedi

They may decide to pick the story up directly after Return of the Jedi or just a few years after.  Maybe tell the story of how Luke, Han, and Leia helped wipe out the remaining forces of the Empire and established the New Republic (or whatever they decide to call it).  This would mean that the actors from the Original Trilogy would be way too old to play the parts.  The iconic parts of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia would have to be recast with younger actors.  Could this work without taking viewers completely out of the story?  I personally think the prospect of recasting the parts is fun.  Imagine how the internet would explode when they announce the actor who will play Luke Skywalker.  It would be a wild ride of fan overreaction and extremely fun to watch.

Most Likely: Many Years After Return of the Jedi

This is what I believe is the most likely placement of the new movies.  I really think we will see Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprise their roles at least in the first movie of the new trilogy.  Harrison Ford is a long shot but it would be cool if they all were back.  Mark Hamill claims that Lucas had once told him that he would like Hamill to play an Obi-Wan type character in a future movie.  It makes sense to have these older characters involved and pass the torch on to a younger generation of characters.  Maybe their children or maybe new characters all together.  So if Hamill and Fisher were to be in the movies (assuming no facial CGI or heavy make-up) they would have to be set about 40 years or more after Return of the Jedi.  This could make for some interesting storytelling.  It would be far enough in the future that Luke would have already re-established the Jedi Order.  Also the characters would have likely already been married and had families by now.  Shoot, their kids could be having kids.  We could have a fully populated world that has been at peace for years that is just ripe for a new galaxy spanning war.

Probably Not: Far Flung Future

There is always the possibility that Disney/Lucasfilm will decide to place the new movies far into the future of the Star Wars universe. Somewhere so far in the future that all major characters from the movies will have passed on and they could start fresh with a brand new cast of characters.  Dark Horse Comics has already done a similar thing with their Legacy series which follows the exploits of a Skywalker descendant named Cade Skywalker.  If the filmmakers do decide to go this direction I highly doubt we would see much if any influence from the comics, and they would most likely come up with their own original stories.

The appeal to this possibility is that we would have completely fresh perspective on the Star Wars universe.  Going this far into the future would put distance between the new movies and the existing six films and give new storytellers a wide open world to play in.  But is distance a good thing?  Filmgoers may need some familiarity to feel comfortable with these new movies.  I don’t expect this is the route they will take, although who knows how many Star Wars movies will be eventually made.  Maybe this era with be explored by movies set after 7, 8, and 9.

Until more official information is released all we can do is guess.  This is only the beginning of 3 long years of speculation and anticipation.  The good news is that at the end of those 3 years WE GET NEW STAR WARS MOVIES!

- Aaron Goins

“Disney Purchases LucasArts… Episode VII in 2015”

“Disney Purchases LucasArts… Episode VII in 2015”

That was the headline that turned my fandom upside-down. I lit up with excitement and immediately started talking to everyone I knew about it. While I am sure this is just one of many reaction articles I will write, I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts based on this one simple headline. This article is not going to be about speculation and what-if’s… it’s just a reaction to what we have already heard.

Let’s break it down, piece by piece.

“Disney…

What a great start! Disney is a great company that always provides high-quality entertainment for all ages. They are at the top of their craft, and there are few companies that have the enduring success of Disney. Specifically:
  • Disney is great at being creative- ask anyone how they feel about Disney movies and you will find almost universal appreciation.
  • Disney is great about fan experiences- there’s a reason that when people say “You’ve just won a million dollars… what are you going to do next?” and the answer is “I’m going to Disneyland!”.
  • Disney is great at making things that are relevant to the entire family- watching a great Disney movie is enjoyable for kids and parents alike!
  • Disney is great at managing brands- few characters are as carefully protected and beloved by all as Mickey and the Gang.

As George has been quoted as saying “When I first made Star Wars, everybody said, “This is a movie Disney should have made”. I couldn’t agree more that if Disney had been involved from the beginning, they would have played a great and welcome role. Them coming on board at this point will be just as successful!

Purchases LucasArts…

There are two great things that come to mind when I think about Disney purchasing LucasArts. The first is that this is something that Disney has been successful with in the past. When looking objectively at Disney’s purchase of Marvel and of Pixar… They have done a great job managing and expanding those brands.
The second is that it doesn’t mean that LucasArts is being dismantled or destroyed. When Disney purchased Marvel, comic book fans were terrified. What did it mean for the writing teams? What did it mean for Stan Lee’s role as the Yoda of comics? What would happen to the individual franchises?

If the result of Disney’s takeover of Marvel (at least in the movies side) is The Avengers, then Star Wars fans have NOTHING to worry about. That movie was widely heralded by fans and reviewers alike as a top-tier superhero movie. If that is the quality and love that Disney brings to its newly acquired companies, we are lucky to be moving to their camp.

Episode VII…

It’s very difficult to write about this part without going into my hopes and fears and without rampant speculation. All I can say is that as a Star Wars fan, I am SO excited that these films are being made. Knowing that there are more movies on the horizon just gets me all the more enthusiastic about the Galaxy I love the most (No offense, Milky Way). It means that there are more secrets to be revealed, more characters to meet and more adventures to be had.

As a huge fan of the EU (again, not going into hopes and fears here) I appreciate the richness of the universe George has created for us. It is so simple in its approach to good vs evil and yet so complex in its understanding of human (and bothan and barabel and wookiee…) nature and how complex individuals will always exist, even in a simple world. Even if they aren’t what YOU or I want them to be, the more stories we get the better our fandom is. I believe this with all of my heart!

In 2015”

Okay, I’m breaking my own rule and going off on wild speculation here. Why was this announcement made now? Why did the sale go through at all?

Most importantly, how come a franchise that has asked its fans to wait 15+ years is announcing something to be released in 3 years?

I think (Actually think, not only hope) the answer is that the IDEA came before the SALE. The one thing that makes the most sense to me is that someone came up with a brilliant idea for Episode VII, probably not knowing if it would even be possible to make. I think that the idea was SO GREAT that it convinced Disney that it was worth… I don’t know… maybe… FOUR BILLION (with a B) DOLLARS!

A single movie would not be enough to prompt this, but an idea that is good enough to jumpstart an entire revival would be!

Then that idea was good enough to convince the Maker himself that now was the time to entrust his coddled, nursed and protected baby to another. As much as we like to bash George’s love of money, he really does love his universe as well. I don’t think he would sell it if he didn’t have a real reason to believe it would be treated well. The rumors that the majority of the profits will be donated to charity further reinforces this point.

I truly believe that all of this is happening because the idea was crafted and that the idea was good enough to make it worth it for all parties from all directions. An idea that is good enough to ensure that it was smart business to invest 4 billion dollars (still with a b) and also an idea that is good enough for George to pass along his life’s work.

An idea that powerful has me so excited for what is to come!

-Mitchell Hanan

Mitchell is a Star Wars fan and a generally Hoopy Frood. He enjoys everything Sci-Fi and Fantasy but always comes back to the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Whether he’s defending the Prequel Trilogy, recommending different starting points for the EU or playing the newest games, Mitchell always looks for ways to bring his fandom to his family and friends.