Excited about the future of Star Wars
Posted on Feb 12, 2013 in Opinion
On May 25, 1977 the beginning of the famous Star Wars franchise opened up with “Star Wars”– later to be retitled “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”. Star Wars became the sci-fi story that would rival Star Trek and create an intense rivalry. The two more films that followed in 1980 and 1983 completed the journey of Luke Skywalker. In 1999, the first new Star Wars movie came out telling the story of Anakin Skywalker, the father of Luke. Subsequent sequels followed in 2002 and 2005, and built on the story, which led to the original movie. “The Original Trilogy” attained a large fandom and mixed reaction from the New Trilogy. Love or hate it, the epic tale was complete in the film section of the franchise.
That is, until Disney bought out Lucasfilm in October 2012, after which plans began for a new trilogy in film for Star Wars, starting with Episode VII, which is to be released in 2015. There are some who are nervous, believing Star Wars should be left alone and complete, but others disagree and want to see more of the epic tale. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing additional films in Star Wars. Star Wars is a franchise as big as the universe and there are so many stories to tell. However, the question remained on who would be telling those stories. After much deliberation, a director was seized for Star Wars: J. J. Abrams, who directed the reboot, yet still in continuity, “Star Trek” in 2009 and its sequel “Star Trek Into Darknes”, which is to be released in May.
After seeing Abrams’ work, I believe that he is the right person to bring a new trilogy of the Star Wars epic to the big screen. Abrams had a lot on his shoulders with “Star Trek” after the poor reception of “Star Trek: Nemesis” in 2002. If he was able to make a success of Star Trek after the reception to the last film, then I am sure Abrams can continue the Star Wars films as well. Abrams, though, had previously turned down any work on the new Star Wars films because of his loyalty to Star Trek, and he denied any involvement (Comic Book Resources). Producer Kathleen Kennedy persisted to have Abrams involved, and he finally gave in and became the director of Star Wars.
A new trilogy for Star Wars directed by J. J. Abrams sounds like a masterpiece in the making. There are bound to be cautious fans but they will turn up all the same when the film is released. I am excited for the future of Star Wars, and I am sure it will satisfy old fans and bring in new fans. With Abrams directing both Star Trek and Star Wars films, it is possible for a crossover someday in the future.