By now the world has heard the news that Disney bought Lucasfilm Ltd. and plans on creating a whole bunch of new Star Wars movies, tv shows, video games, and more. This has predictably been met with vast criticism from the Star Wars community, along with a few positive(hopeful) remarks about Star Wars’ future.
Will Disney turn the entire franchise into something as great and epic as the original trilogy? Or will they ruin everything George Lucas created in order to bring about a “new era” of Star Wars fans? Only time will tell, however, if their current direction is any giving, they’re headed towards the latter.
For starters, Disney has a history of taking great ideas and killing them, i.e. John Carter(which we actually really enjoyed, but clearly nobody else did). Secondly, they hired Michael Arndt of Toy Story 3 fame to write the screenplay. At this point you should be able to say to yourself, “I see what’s going on here.” It almost seems like Disney is trying to wreck the franchise before they even begin. We don’t really know what goes on in their minds, but it doesn’t seem like they have a clue either.
Sure, George Lucas has decided to stay on as a consultant, but how much influence will he really have in the creative process? For years now he’s been content with doing absolutely nothing, and recent interviews with the Star Wars creator portray a man ready to throw in the towel permanently.
I believe that Disney couldn’t care less about the current Star Wars fanverse. In fact, I believe they’re purposefully leaving us behind in order to pursue the next generation. Considering the wide popularity the Star Wars animated television show has garnered with young viewers, it makes an excellent point of origin for Disney to begin anew, if this is indeed their intent.
Lastly, the next Star Wars film will continue where Star Wars VI left off, with Han Solo, Luke, and Leia. Will they have new actors replacing Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer? Or will they pull the original cast out of the nursing home and back into the spotlight? To alternate the original crew with new faces would be a grave mistake. Then again, if they’re targeting the younger audience who won’t remember the original’s, it’s fair game.
However, we as the veteran Star Wars lovers can likely expect the new franchise to be bantha fodder in comparison. Even the prequels will find a place in our heart, as we begin to wonder why we ever gave Lucas a hard time about them. Of course, we’ll simply have to wait and see how Disney restarts the franchise before making any lasting decisions. But for now, we’re going to call it; Disney is set to kill Star Wars.