When it was announced, last year, that a sequel to the sequel of ‘Star Wars’ would be made, I didn’t know how to feel. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive Star Wars fan, but of the original trilogy. The ones with Harrison Ford as ‘Han Solo’, Mark Hamill as ‘Luke Skywalker’ and Carrie Fisher as ‘Princess Leia’.
For me, personally, those were ‘feel-good’ movies, the type of film with which you leave the theater with a feeling of optimism and belief in mankind. The good vs evil theme is so black and white, literally. ‘Darth Vader’, Luke’s father is evil and dressed in all black; his son is good and dresses all in white, as does the Princess. Han Solo is not so straight forward so he dresses in a mix of white and black. How much more simple can you get?
George Lucas was a genius in creating all the characters we know so well, even if you’re not a fan, you know the characters already mentioned and Obi-Wan Kenobi played by legendary actor Alec Guiness, R2D2 the cute and smart little robot that houses the clues to save a planet, C3PO, the clumsy metal man, who is so clever that everyone dismisses his opinions, Chewbacca the furry, intimidating guard and Yoda, the insignificantly looking master. Brilliant stuff!
Now that Lucas announced that he has sold the franchise to Disney and with that the news that yet another trilogy is in the works, it remains to be seen who will step up to direct the popular movie, even if it hasn’t been filmed yet, because we know, the public will flock in millions to watch the saga develop further.
Many names have been floating around as possible candidates to direct Star Wars: Episode VII and declined, some politely and others not so much. Zack Snyder thinks a new trilogy is a ‘slippery slope’, Quentin Tarantino ‘could care less’, Brad Bird, more politely said he is directing 1952 with George Clooney, Peter Jackson is still finishing his own trilogy, The Hobbit. The latest to turn the job down is Mexican Guillermo del Toro, who described himself as ‘a big fan’ but “I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely,”.
Makes me wonder if the fact that Disney is associated with this franchise now, has anything to do with all the big names running for the hills when presented with the opportunity to be at the helm of one of the biggest franchises in movie history.
We will be watching, and reporting, when the person to direct the new episode of Star Wars if finally announced. Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to open in 2015.