Star Wars is a franchise that brings out the passion in an almost countless number of fanboys and fangirls. Most of that passion is for the nostalgia that comes along with one of the greatest space operas in history and just demonstrates the love that fans feel towards the franchise. Unfortunately, thanks to the not quite thought out prequels, there is another passion that is ignited at the mention of Star Wars; one that is punctuated not only by the bad acting in Episodes I-III but also in the inconsistent storytelling that made it obvious that George Lucas had no idea what he wanted to do with those prequels. Now, a new era beginning with Episode VII is finally a reality that will arrive much sooner than it may seem. Between a new trilogy and several spinoff movies, the Star Wars Universe will be expanding exponentially over the next few years. How will it be handled? Luckily, it appears that the new trilogy will do what it can to make sure that moving forward, all of the stories in the Star Wars universe remain consistent.
According to Badass Digest, a Lucasfilm employee has confirmed that
“We’re going to redefine longform storytelling,”
How are they planning on pulling off this feat? It seems that it will be a two-step process: The first step is planning out the entire new trilogy ahead of time. Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, especially in light of the shared universe planning that Marvel has proven is successful, but the fact is that not even the original trilogy was planned out ahead of time. Of course, there were certain points that Lucas wanted in his story and even the end point that needed to be reached but there has never been an actual plan as to where the story would go or how it would be told. The second step is to simply have the new movies, television series’, video games, and books connected in one way or another. Fans will already see a great example of this in the new Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels. From the initial television spots for the new series, as well as information provided from the studio behind the animated show, a character that goes by the name “The Inquisitor” will be the main protagonist. If rumors are true, the same character will hit the screen in live action form with Episode VII.
If you are a long-time fan of the franchise, you may be scratching your head, considering that many of the books, games, comics, etc. that have been released over the past 30 years are interweaved and some even continue the story of the heroes of the original trilogy. The fact is that while this is true, J.J. Abrams, who is helming Episode VII, has already confirmed that none of those materials will be considered “canon” when creating the new movies. Yes, this even includes the prequels. So, while you may have already read about Chewbacca’s unfortunate demise, or know the tragedy that is Darth Caedus, or even Luke Skywalker’s wife and her fate, the fact is that you still have no idea where the story will be heading.
This is an exciting time for Star Wars fans but it’s also a very stressful time. While everything that has made its way out of the top secret shooting location seems to be perfect, it is hard to get excited about a trilogy that may be just as disappointing as the prequels. Everyone wants the franchise to recapture the feelings of wonder and excitement that comes along with watching the original trilogy, and grabbing the original cast was definitely a step in the right direction. Only time will tell but in the meanwhile, you may want to pay close attention to Rebels. There are sure to be some clues about the future of Wars.