By now, you’ve heard that JJ Abrams will be directing Star Wars Episode VII. The Hollywood Reporter announcement is as official as it gets. There is some question on the release dates. Disney wants Episode VII to hit theaters in 2015. Abrams has not committed to that date which kind of shows how desperate they were to get him to direct.
Certainly, this is good news for fandom. Abrams and crew have done wonders for the Star Trek film franchise revitalizing it in the best way possible. They definitely have reverence for the source material but are more than willing to make big changes despite possible fan outcry. All indications point to the next chapter in the Star Wars saga being quite good.
Still, there’s one thing that nags at the back of my fanboy mind. What is this next trilogy going to be about? For all intents a purposes, the Skywalker saga is over. Episodes I, II, and III chronicle the fall of Anakin. Episodes IV, V, and VI are really about his redemption. As awful as the prequels are, they fit nicely into Anakin’s anti-hero journey. How will these next three fit into that cycle? Can the next three fit into that cycle?
Now, I haven’t followed any of the expanded universe stuff so I have no idea if there’s already an cannon episode VII, VIII, and IX. It would make sense to me for the story to pick up with Han and Leia’s kids which could be kind of cool. It might be interesting to see Luke, despite all of his best intentions, fall like his father did and become the villain for the next three with the Solo kids fighting against him.
Though I definitely think the franchise is in good hands, I won’t really get excited until I hear what the next three are going to be about.