Might be overkill
But Star Wars fans the world over will praise Disney if they don't have a repeat of the despicable Episode I.
Disney plans to recoup the $4 billion it recently spent on the Lucasfilm acquisition by producing two or three films each year. While another outing for the increasingly geriatric Indiana Jones is on the way, it's very likely Star Wars Episode VII and the two films already said to follow will merely be the first of an …
If they manage to do justice to the Star Wars "franchise", even "too many" films will be acceptable. Somehow I doubt it, but I have been wrong before (just look at how much better Red Dwarf X is than the last couple of series before it).
To me, the only passable Star Wars since the original trilogy has been Revenge of the Sith, and even that should have been much darker. If they continue in the style of E1-3 (which is my expectation), they will permanently ruin Star Wars. If they can dispense with the funny characters and mainstreamisation (which I doubt, as it's Disney) they will be on to a winner.
Star Wars Juniors: Tweeny versions of the Skywalker kids, R2-D2, C-3PO (and for some unfathomable reason Jar Jar Binks and an Ewok) travel the galaxy in a new hip version of the Millennium Falcon solving crimes and moralising about other people lives.
"What's that C-3PO? If only Mr Vader had stayed with the traditional family unit and not fallen for the false religion of the dark side? Why I know a song about that"
"Give me a beat box R2 ....."
[I think a little piece of my childhood just died while writing this comment]
The expanded universe has a plethora of great stories that would make good movies.
The NJA series alone would probably furnish us with a new trilogy of trilogies, and the later Yuuzhan Vong books would easily do the same.
The black hole as shield idea annoyed the helll out of me though.
Star wars IV, V and VI were relatively well scripted films which were at the technical forefront when they were released. We quickly identified with the actors, the humour and the desire to understand how the Universe could be saved from impending destruction.
Star wars I, II and III never seemed to hit of on any of the aformentioned points. They were simply "bland" in comparison , they felt contrived and wearying.
Disney now has to the challenge of trying to avoid falling into the same trap of Franchise Produced Efforts. The fact that they now own the rights will definately not garauntee them anything.
I truly hope that they spend more money on script writers than effects, that the actors know how to act and that the series will not become destined for the "younger" generations or try to cover up poor production/direction/storyline with the use of 3D effects .
Disney, if anyone , should have the talent available , let's hope they put it to good use .
Because the Disney press release of two weeks ago said ...
"The last Star Wars movie release was 2005's Revenge of the Sith – and we believe there's substantial pent up demand. In 2015, we're planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the first feature film under the "Disney-Lucasfilm" brand. That will be followed by Episodes 8 and 9 – and our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years."
So it only looks like their "long term plan" is getting shorter.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021