Recently, Disney announced it would be releasing a “Star Wars” film every year starting in 2015. It will first make “Episode VII,” then produce a spin-off the next year (possibly about Boba Fett or young Han Solo), then come out with “Episode VIII” a year later and so on. Understandably, the response from “Star Wars” fans has varied.
Many are eagerly counting down the days, greatly anticipating the chance to see their beloved space saga continue.
Others fear that the new movies will tarnish the legacy of the franchise.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge “Star Wars” fan. Though I enjoy the films, I can’t adequately discuss their every detail, and I actually don’t recall the last time I even saw one.
Still, I’m looking forward to the release of the new movies because I never thought there would be any more.
I always wondered what happened to Luke Skywalker and company following their adventures of the original episodes. Remarkably, I’ll soon find out.
At the same time, I completely understand why some people would be reluctant to see more entries added to the “Star Wars” series. After all, countless sequels and remakes have been made solely for the profits which subsequently ruined the original. And “Star Wars” die-hards are still recovering from Jar Jar Bink. But there have also been plenty of sequels which have enhanced their predecessors or even proved superior to them.
There’s a good chance that the future “Star Wars” installments will fall into the latter category. J.J. Abrams, who’s signed on to direct “Episode VII,” has already proved his science fiction mettle by helming films like the latest “Star Trek.”
Additionally, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all in negotiations to reprise their parts from the past episodes. George Lucas will also be involved, albeit in the minor role of creative consultant.
So yes, I do think the idea of producing more “Star Wars” movies will turn out nicely.
The real question is, will Captain Kirk be joining Han Solo aboard the Millennium Falcon?
Sean Quinn is a junior journalism major from Cranford, NJ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.