One year has gone by since Disney made its move to acquire Lucasfilm and announced its plan to create three more “Star Wars” films. In this year, fans have seen different dates, characters, and script changes tossed around in whispers throughout the sci-fi community, and they’re not happy.
“I don’t know what to think about this. When I first found out, I thought it was pretty cool, because I love Star Wars. I’d love to get back into that world again, but I don’t want the franchise to be ruined. That’s how it’s looking, right now. They’re making too many changes and it’s going to fail this way,” said nineteen-year-old sci-fi blogger Salma Attia.
It’s no secret that it’s extremely easy to ruin a good movie with a sequel. It’s been done to many films before—“Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Police Academy” and the list goes on. It’s not like the Star Wars franchise hasn’t already had its fair share of terrible motion pictures.
I’m talking, of course, about the prequels, namely “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” Lucas claimed that the purpose of the three prequel episodes was to show Anakin’s transformation from a growing Jedi knight to the angry Darth Vader from the original films, but it didn’t exactly work out that way.
“The Phantom Menace” alone was a complete disaster of a film, with no real addition to Anakin Skywalker’s timeline from protagonist to antagonist. He’s just a little kid who tags along on adventures that don’t ultimately concern him personally. The only real link between Episode I and Episode II is Anakin’s immediate attraction to the queen, and even that plot line made for a terrible cinematic scheme that almost single-handedly ruined “Attack of the Clones.”
“They keep pushing back the date for the new one, and maybe that’s a good thing. They can work on it more,” Attia said.
That isn’t necessarily true. There is a sixteen-year gap between the third original movie and the first prequel. If Lucas couldn’t perfect it in sixteen years, it’s doubtful that a two-year stretch will do very much for Disney. Disney itself is not innocent of ruining its own films with sequels. “Pocahontas 2,” “Cinderella 2” and “Lion King 1 ½“ all received more rotten tomatoes than they knew what to do with.
So is it wise to jump into a whole new set of movies knowing that, if history is any indication, it is doomed to fail? No, but that won’t stop them from doing it. All fans can hope for now is that Disney won’t hit Lucasfilm’s franchise with yet another painfully worthless series of movies.
The first of the new trilogy remains unnamed, but Disney spokesmen said that the new film will be given a subtitle some time next summer. The film itself will be the first “Star Wars” movie not to be released in May.
By Hend Salah