So…Disney buys Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 Billion and plans to release Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015.
Here are my thoughts on this:
Overall, I think this is a great plan. Whether Disney does it, or George Lucas chose to do it and not sell, I think the idea of an Episode 7 is a great one. I have read before that George Lucas originally planned the franchise to be 9 movies, not 6. I don’t know if that is accurate or not. So the idea of another movie, or another trilogy, isn’t all that new, but there are some parameters that I think should be followed.
First, if you have read anything at all about Star Wars books, either on this site or on others, you know that there are about 40+ years of stories that span AFTER Return of the Jedi. As I’ve stated in previous posts, Yoda’s Data Pad is a good source for book chronology for the Star Wars Universe. So IF the new movie, Episode 7, follows the original stories that have been written for years in these books, I think they will be very well received. We do NOT need another tangent timeline like the newest Star Trek movies are doing.
A good storyline to follow would be the Jacen and Jaina Solo, twins of Han Solo and Leia Organa, who grow up in the Jedi Academy run by Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker. Eventually Jacen turns to the Dark Side of the Force and becomes Darth Caedus. There is a lot of story about Jacen and his siteer Jaina, along with stories about Han and Leia’s wedding. I think this is a good place to go with the new movie, and that is needs to follow the storylines of the novels.
Will the original actors appear as their characters in the new Episode?
I doubt it. I’d like to see this, of course, especially for Han and Leia. Both Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are still acting and have careers that revolve around movies or TV. They would look good in the part, also. I don’t know if either of them would be interested in the roles, but it won’t quite be the same if Disney decides to cast Han and Leia without Harrison and Carrie.
We need to see Luke Skywalker in Episode 7. He is an integral part of the future after the destruction of The Empire, the death of The Emperor and the rebuilding of the Jedi Order and Academy. Will Mark Hamill play the part? Well, if he does, he’ll need to get into better shape. I don’t mean to sound rude, but have you seen Mark Hamill lately? He isn’t in-shape to be a Jedi, let-alone the leader of the entire Order. But that isn’t to say that he couldn’t be. If he wanted the part, Disney would be crazy not to give it to him.
With the release of this news, my time table has been better defined for the completion of my reading adventure. I’d like to get much farther into the series by the time this movie is released, possibly even finish it. New books will be released as the movie nears, and many after the movie, I would expect. I am still waiting to see what books might come from the new Star Wars 1313 game timeline. My goal would be to get at least into the Legacy of the Force series, possibly all the way to the Fate of the Jedi series. This is going to be fun, fore sure.