What Will Happen in Star Wars: Episode 7?

By Sean O'Connell 2012-10-30 16:16:10discussion comments
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Adam: If you would have told me GEORGE was doing another trilogy of Star Wars movies, we wouldn't be having this conversation. I would be furious. But, as you said, the prospect of a new generation of screenwriters and filmmakers carrying the torch gives me hope that the legacy of Star Wars can truly be restored -=- after three abysmal prequels and the ever-devolving 'Special Editions' of the Original Trilogy.

Also, can we take a moment to think about Summer 2015: Avengers 2, Justice League of America, Star Wars: Episode VII I can't even believe I'm typing that.

Sean: Well, yes. But I don't want to get too far off that track before I ask you this: Give me three filmmakers you'd want to see directing Star Wars: Episode VII.

Adam: Whoa. Joss Whedon. Duncan Jones. Rian Johnson. Who do you think? Len Wiseman? [crickets]

Sean: Whedon's off the table. His life is Marvel. He made that bed. He's sleeping in it.

Adam: But when Disney owns Marvel AND Star Wars ... Boba Fett in Guardians of the Galaxy!? Eh, you're probably right, though. Whedon's off the table.

Sean:: Duncan Jones would be tremendous. You also could hand it to J.J. Abrams, and the collective mind of the geek community would melt.

Adam: Oh. My. Yeah, Abrams essentially made the new Star Wars movie we always wanted with Star Trek. I can't imagine him involved in both franchises, but it clearly needs to be someone whose entire career as a filmmaker was inspired by that generation of movies. I'll throw Guillermo del Toro out there, too -- just because I recommend him for every project.

Sean: Yes, agreed. There's no shortage of filmmakers who were influenced by the original Star Wars. I'd still argue that Abrams will be coming off of Star Trek Into Darkness, and likely won't want to pick up another. The challenge of saving Star Wars might be too tempting to pass up. I can't wait to see who they get.

Let's wrap it on this, Adam. Tell me, is this a good day for Star Wars fans? Is Disney the right fit? Should we celebrate the fact that Star Wars is coming back to the big screen, or is the industry beating a dead horse?

Adam: I think it's absolutely a good day for Star Wars fans, whether they realize it or not. For far too long, George Lucas has strangled the life out of Star Wars -- and the fact that he is now passing the torch to a new generation of filmmakers (who are hopelessly in love with his original films) can mean nothing but good things for the franchise.

Not to mention, we're talking home video release rights -- and the possibility that Disney could some day release re-mastered theatrical versions of The Original Trilogy on Blu-Ray is enough to get excited about!
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