Reinvigoration: Does Star Wars deserve to be with Disney?

Hey guys it’s been a while since I’ve written on here. I’m going to do it a bit more now, with topics taken from my classmates. These are just simple opinion pieces where I ramble about whatever topic my classmates give me. Let’s see what happens.

As everybody knows the Star Wars brand is one that is rich in potential, and as much as the best IPs out there, money. The recent Clone Wars animated series and all of the associated memorabilia that goes with it have kept Star Wars money making well past when Episode III came out. So, we’ve got a forty year franchise that is still very lucrative, and who’s lap does it land in, but the entertainment giant Disney.

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Disney is no stranger to successful movie franchises, with Pirates of the Caribbean having it’s most recent film release in 2011. This is promising in that Disney generally knows how to deal with a movie franchise. On top of that, for movies like Star Wars the budget they shell out will be top notch, something Disney can certainly afford.

Now, from a fan of Star Wars, what could three more movies actually mean. Well we’ve got a few possibilities! This will create an opportunity for the franchise to go back to its roots, hopefully making up for the CGI mess that was the prequels. The prequels had appeal with certain audiences, but overall the CGI was used as a crutch for poor acting and writing. This resulted in OK movies told in an amazing universe. Now that new movies are going to be released, hopefully Disney can find the right director, crew, and cast for the job. Star Wars has a lot of expectations tied to it, so their selections will have to be very elite. That will depend on what kind of actors they need, which leads into the next topic – What are they making the movies about?

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The Star Wars expanded universe is vast. There are hundreds of books and even more comics depicting thousands of situations before and after the events of the movies. Within this vast pool of content, Disney has to decide where they want to put the movies. The most obvious decision is sometime after Episode 6, but how far after exactly? Its a good question. Of all the great scenarios to choose from, I’ll detail my favorite pick – the Thrawn trilogy.

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Thrawn is a Grand Admiral of the Empire that arrived five years after the events of Episode 6. By that point the Rebellion was the New Republic, and the Empire was scattered and broken. Thrawn, like the badass tactician he is, single handedly brings all the disparate factions of the Empire into one, and gives the New Republic a run for their money. This trilogy involves multiple subplots following the Solos as well as Luke, while also presenting a major and familiar enemy to overcome. Other key concepts are high stakes, a fairly easy to follow plot, and introduction of Luke’s future wife. I feel it would be a good arc to jump to, especially because the source material is some of the best in the entire SW universe. It being so close to Episode 6 makes it quick to explain what’s gone on in the interim, though it would leave out some important things, such as Luke starting the new Jedi and Leia and Han getting married. Still, it would be a great return to form of amazing movies.

Overall Disney has a lot of possible paths it can go down. I am optimistic about future movies, and without Lucas having a major say in their creation, there are a lot of wildcards about the form. It could be better, or it could be worse, we’ll just have to wait on who Disney selects. Look forward to the next opinion piece!

Thanks to Robert Smat!

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About Dominic Ricci

Dominic has worked in the industry as both a producer and designer, absorbing many skill sets and branching out as much as he can with his experience to be as competitive as possible. He feels video games are the premier medium for thoughts and expressions in the world, and he wants to help make those experiences as successful as possible. Outside of work, health and fitness are also passions that Dominic holds, and nothing is more fun than going to the gym and then crashing at home to play a game with some friends.
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