The Star Wars Legacy

Walt DisneyIt has taken me a while to write this post. Not because I am idle or too caught up in other musings, but quite simply because I have been trying to get my head around the concept that Disney now own the Star Wars Franchise. At first this news came with great regret that such a studio, with all its family value wholesomeness had managed to get its fluffy fascist claws dug deep into a set of films that, revolutionised the average males imagination and the film industry. I panicked, and have continued to enter a sense of discourse every-time since, well, whenever the thought has entered my head! Had I decided to write this post a fortnight ago this post would have read from an extremely negative perspective. But just the other day something happened. I was reminded of two rather exceptional realities that have managed to put all of my doubts, on their tight backs and spin right the way around so that now, I type with the utmost confidence.

The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day, I got in. Kevin Flynn

Tron_Legacy_posterTron Legacy was a box office smash. Not only did it look exceptional, have an excellent script, an awesome soundtrack, and top class actors (two which from a retina pleasing perspective, were extremely easy to look at), it was also an exceptional sequel to a movie that didn’t really, need a sequel. This is almost certainly where Star Wars sits. The franchise from my own perspective doesn’t really need a sequel, as Return of the Jedi ended things rather completely, well certainly for the Skywalker family, which begs to offer perhaps a different family will take the mantle, or even an individual? Perhaps Kyle Katarn the main protagonist from the dark forces computer game series? Either way, the films will need a director that will bring balance to (the force?) the audience. As on one hand you have the kids that will no doubt fuel the merchandising side of making a bucket load of cash, and then on the other side, you have the wealth of loyal fans, all of which are at the age where narrative is everything, and kooky characters with speech impediments, mean nothing to them. Star wars deserves a director that knows the genre and hopefully Disney is not blind to a man that can surely pull off a space epic, and will no doubt, do it so fluidly.

“Star Wars” is probably the most influential film of my generation. It’s the personification of good and evil and the way it opened up the world to space adventure, the way westerns had to our parents’ generations, left an indelible imprint. So, in a way, everything that any of us does is somehow directly or indirectly affected by the experience of seeing those first three films.   J.J. Abrams

star_trek_xi_ver18_xlgThe star Trek reboot was an epic success, it was set in a cool stylist futuristic world where all of the characters were younger visions of the original crew. This play on Abrams part was risky, as the fans of star trek, that population could easily fill a medium sized country are tenaciously crucial. The film in my own opinion, was very much needed and excellent. I loved it. If Disney give Star Wars to Abrams there is no doubt in my mind that the film will be something worthy of the three original last films in the series.. This is of course providing they fill the story with plenty of what is needed, which of course I shall now explain.

No, there is another. Jedi Master Yoda

First and foremost, we find out exactly how far a parsec is. Next we see Leila with a light-sabre possibly kicking some ass, I also want to see baby Chewbacca’s, we see more planets like the mining planet Kessel and Luke having conversations with the ghosts of Yoda, Obe-Won and his Daddy Anakin, that would be sick. So Abrams, if you’re somehow egoistical enough to Google your own name and read everything about yourself and happen to find this post, make it happen.

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3 responses to “The Star Wars Legacy

  1. I think we like the same movies ;-)

  2. I agree with you, I queued for hours with my brothers to see the first Star Wars movie. My appetite for space adventure was whetted by watching the Flash Gordon tv series from the 1950’s. I wonder what Disney would do with Alien?

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