STAR WARS: Spin-Offs?

Ever since Disney bought LucasFilms and it was announced they’d be making an Episode VII, the Star Wars purist in me has been ready to burst at the seams. Call me a traditionalist, but I really don’t like the sound of a Star Wars created by Disney. It’s not supposed to be tame, and there is not supposed to be anymore Jar Jar Binks. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him when Episode I first hit theaters, but I was also 11 years old. Explains a lot.

Anyway, all my movie news websites are now reporting that Lawrence Kasdan (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) are writing spin-offs rather than sequels. It was said that they would be in charge of Episodes VIII and IX, but now they may be spin-offs? I’ve got a little bit of faith, because Kasdan did write Episodes V and VI, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I was already distraught about Disney wringing out as much money as they could from the Star Wars rag by tiring out a classic series, but now that there may be spin-offs, I’m not too sure how to feel. The Hollywood Reporter posted, and I quote, “Their scripts could turn into official ‘Episodes’ in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.”

It sounds like a Marvel move, aka The Avengers, and while that works for Marvel, I’m not too sure about Star Wars. I was sad when Episode III came out because I thought it was the last of Star Wars that I would ever see, but it ended on a good note. It ended complete and with dignity. Naturally I am opposed to change — just a personal thing — but I think it’s safe to say that Star Wars can easily be butchered for some big bucks.

It seems like confirmation that any future Star Wars films are going to be about the Skywalker clan, and that, you could say, was a given, but I guess I’m curious as to what else they could possibly extract from the original films. Here’s to seeing what’s next?

  1. I personally thought all the prequels were terrible as they eliminated all the mystery and speculation that IV, V and VI created. Like you, I want the series to end on a good note, but Episode III didn’t do that for me. I think these new movies, spin off or sequels, give me a chance to remember the series without thinking about Jar Jar.

    That being said, I am still being skeptical. I don’t want to welcome the movies with open arms because Star Wars has let me down once, I don’t want that to happen again. Great post, by the way. 🙂

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