Nearly a month ago, LucasFilm announced that it has been purchased by Disney, promising new films in the Star Wars franchise. For many Star Wars fans, this sounds like an awesome prospect. Me on the other hand, I’m not so certain.
Earlier this month, I watched Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi from beginning to end. IMHO is wasn’t as good as the other two classic Star Wars movies, but it was still great. I was aware of the Disney purchase at the time, but I wanted to forget about that for a while. I watched the ending (keep in mind that I was watching the edited version with the ghost of Hayden Christensen), and something struck me. It wasn’t Hayden Christensen being pasted into a 1983 movie, that I got over after a while. It was how final the ending felt. The Ewoks were celebrating the defeat of the empire (even though the Death Star explosion should have caused a nuclear apocalypse on Endor), and we flashfoward to a celebration scene that reminded me of the prequel trilogy (which I saw first).
Keep in mind that the possibility of a sequel trilogy was highly debatable at the time, but I don’t think Disney will take care of it. And I’m not saying that because of the season 16 finale of South Park (which has no place in this topic by the way). I’m saying that because they’re the same people who made John Carter, and that was a terrible movie. Aside from that, I don’t think they can rationalize even one sequel to Return of the Jedi, but at the same time I don’t think there should be another prequel trilogy. If you hated The Phantom Menace, try imagining what would come before that. Not to mention, it’s been nearly 30 years since we last saw Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia on the silver screen, and if the negative reception towards Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is any reliable indicator, then it just won’t be the same.
In conclusion, why spoil a good thing? The original Star Wars trilogy will be remembered for centuries to come. Do we have any right to ruin it? Absolutely not, and that, in addition to everything before this sentence, is why the new Star Wars trilogy is a bad idea. But that’s just my opinion. What about you?