With only days to go and as excited as all Star Wars fans are at the imminent release of The Force Awakens, there is still the shadow of doubt lingering over the new films.
That shadow is caused by the prequel trilogy released in the late ’90s. I remember how excited I was for months before The Phantom Menace opened and how utterly deflated I felt after leaving the theatre.
What keeps me thinking positive though is that because the prequels gained such a huge backlash, the producers of the new run of films must be working extra hard to make sure Star Wars VII doesn’t fall to the same fate. (Cue music: Duel of the Fates.)
George Lucas is not working on the new films and as much as we all love and admire his work on the original trilogy, I’m sure most of us are glad of this. He proved not to be the best person to produce the prequels and it is only fitting that someone else now takes hold of the reins. That someone else is J. J. Abrams. He has already made his mark on the film world and successfully rebooted Star Trek which most people had left for dead. Then we have Kathleen Kennedy; she was Steven Spielberg’s right-hand woman on almost every film he produced and now she’s heading up the Star Wars team at Disney. And who better than Disney to breath a new lease of life into Star Wars? Just look what they’ve done for Marvel. Everything they’ve touch has turned to gold recently. We even have the original main three characters back in the form of Luke, Han and Leia – and I can’t wait to find out if Luke has joined the dark side.
But none of this would be any good without an amazing story. The screenplay was written by Michael Arndt; one of Pixar’s writer’s with Toy Story 3, Brave and Inside Out already under his belt. Beside him is J. J. Abrams and Laurence Kasdan who was the co-writer on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It really looks like Disney wanted to make sure this story was perfect.
Put all of this into the mix and I honestly believe this could be one of the best Star Wars movies ever. We only have to wait a few more days to find out if all that creativity, time and money was put to good use.
The best omen we have at the moment is that J. J. Abrams has said Jar Jar Binks will not be reappearing in this film. I think we can all be thankful of that.