In case you missed my Twitter and Facebook snarking or my open thread on SWPAS, Cinema Blend had a scoop today that Disney ditched George Lucas’s ideas and “went their own way” to develop TFA. That came from Lucas himself, so it is not rumor or speculation. I’m assuming that applies to Eps VIII and IX as well.
I had hoped that at the very least the post-ROTJ trilogy would be the Last Will and Testament of George Lucas in regard to the saga he created. I had hoped those in charge now would at least want to carry forward his intentions. But with news, all of this is in doubt and it has me worried about what will become of Star Wars.
If you watch Eps I-VI, you’ll notice there’s a pattern, a rhythm, a structure. Many have tried to analyze this structure. Lucas himself has referred to the six films as “tone poems” or a “symphony” with rhymes and call backs. There’s a compelling online essay about the ring theory that makes a lot of sense about how the saga is structured. Now I fear that has been abandoned and what we’re going to get are derivative films that won’t fit into the flow of the existing movies.
Moreover, there’s a morality behind the story that begins with Anakin and ends with Anakin. A recent post from ElevenThirtyEight.com nails it: it is all about compassion and selflessness. Will that be abandoned too?
How about Lucas’s intent that the torch be given to a new generation? It appears this still might be the case since we have a lot of younger noobies aboard. But based on rumors I’ve stumbled upon here and there, I’m concerned that the roles the OT-3 are fulfilling this time have taken on a post-modern bent that doesn’t fit at all with what Lucas established. I’m also concerned these movies might make the mistake of the expanded universe and revive the Sith, negate Anakin’s sacrifice and his meaning as the Chosen One, and set up every movie to be the same conflict every time.
I can’t help but think now that all Disney wants is generic sci-fi bravo sierra with a familiar brand name, not mythology. It wants Marvel in space…if that’s the case, you can just stay home and watch the slightly overrated “Guardians of the Galaxy” instead. Ah, but what about the story group, you ask? Well, they are Disney employees and they will ultimately do whatever their overlords tell them. The story group will have more control over books, comics, and t.v. cartoons, I think, than over the films.
We’ll see if Disney does any damage control. But I have a bad feeling about this.