by THOMAS O’SCANNELL Section Editor
The announcement of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” produced some mixed feelings across the franchise’s plethora of fans, but people do not need to be worried.
Despite the doubt of another Star Wars movie after the release of “Revenge of the Sith” in 2004, Star Wars mastermind George Lucas did say in an old interview that he planned to make nine Star Wars movies.
It appears, however, he will achieve this dream, as Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney also entails a third Star Wars trilogy directed by J.J. Abrams set around 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi”.
“I’m looking forward to this new movie because I watched all six of the movies already made and loved them, says sophomore Bryan Andrews.
The biggest problem fan-wise with the new Star Wars trilogy is the unwillingness to accept change. The original trilogy is the holy grail of the franchise. Nobody can ask for another “A New Hope” every time George Lucas makes a movie; however, people still wish for it.
Disregarding the people that sincerely dislike these movies, the close-minded Star Wars fans who bash this trilogy are only doing so because they were released under the Star Wars banner. Apparently, they expected another trilogy as good as the first. If “Revenge of the Sith” was released with all the same traits, but was not a Star Wars movie, it would be mutually recognized as the great movie that it is.
A third reason why people seem frightened by the idea of producing another Star Wars trilogy is that Disney now owns the franchise. People seem to think that Disney is going to turn Star Wars into “High School Musical”. Let us not forget Disney has already done “The Avengers”, which is hailed by some as the greatest superhero movie of all-time.
However, there will still be those who disagree.
Sophomore Zach Jones says, “I am very skeptical, mainly because I wasn’t a big fan of the prequels. Hopefully, Abrams will continue to bring a good name to the Star Wars franchise.”
With release set sometime next year, “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is shaping up to be an ambitious movie, with all defenders’ and critics’ eyes on the screen to see exactly how Abrams will work this project out.
What are some other reasons people would feel optimistic or pessimistic about “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”?