Everyone’s heard the news; Disney bought Lucasfilm. And Star Wars Episode VII is coming out in 2015. Rather than go on a stereotypical fanboy rant about how the Original Trilogy was the only good thing to ever come out of Star Wars and now it’s just the bane of existence, I’ll focus on the positives and the possibilities that stem from this acquisition.
#1: How Awesome Can Episode VII Be?
I’m having a hard time deciding how Episode VII is going to go, considering how few details there are. Will it be an all-new story that contradicts the entire Expanded Universe? Will it be an adaptation? Or will it take place in the Legacy or KOTOR eras to flesh out a new portion of the mythos?
I think I’m all for adaptation. Heir to the Empire or Dark Empire or even Jedi Academy Trilogy (or a combination of all 3) would be the best bet for a solid story, but all of the actors are now pretty old; Mark Hammil’s what, 56 or 57? But skipping to a later story like New Jedi Order wouldn’t work, because most viewers would be very confused about where all these new Jedi came from after Episode VI ended.
Adapting Legacy or KOTOR era stories would be really cool too, and would barely need any of the old actors in any instance, but moviegoers would be more resistant to an entirely new cast and setting than anything. And we all know where this resistance leads (annoying whining about how Star Wars is ruined forever).
Fanboy outcry towards ignoring the EU and going forwards with Episode VII would be large, but not nearly as large, since the EU fandom is much, much smaller than the rest of the Star Wars fandom.
Whatever the outcome, I’m sure that I’ll see it opening night, and I’m sure it will be good. The franchise desperately needs some good media attention!
#2: What Can Disney Do With Star Wars?
Disney likely won’t try and put too much force into the creative focus of any part of Star Wars; as long as it makes money. This is just like what it did with Marvel. People shouldn’t freak out too much about what they could potentially do to ruin the series forever. Remember, this exact same thing happened with Marvel, almost exactly 3 years ago. And look what happened to it:
If anything, Disney can provide the spark that will bring Star Wars back as the blockbuster franchise it hasn’t truly been since 2005. With its nearly unlimited budget, maybe we can actually see the Star Wars Live-Action TV show in the next few years! It airing alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. would probably destroy television, and help bring back actual TV shows on TV, instead of just reality shows and family sitcoms. (Now I’m getting geek visions of all the other shows could come out in the next 5 years that would destroy television; Star Trek by J.J. Abrams, the new Muppets show, among others. )
I know, I know. This is silly. But now that Disney owns Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm….
What about Kingdom Hearts 3? Development on the game is just about to start after Final Fantasy Versus XIII releases (okay so not just about to start… more like, start in a couple years….), and with all these insane acquisitions plus the fact that it will inevitably end up being a next-gen game, could make for more worlds than ever before. Don’t act like you would hate an X-Men World or a Star Wars World or a Toy Story World. Nobody could hate that.
What do you think? Comment below; you can even rage about how ruined Star Wars will be if you want.