I know, I know, we’ve been feeding you nothing but STAR WARS EPISODE 7 news for the past day, but can you blame us? I never thought we’d be blessed with another Galaxy hopping romp on the silver screen, let alone one that could actually be decent (insert George Lucas joke).
Well, while the wide world of fandom has indulged on a series of “What if’s….”, we’ve assembled some much needed facts about this new trilogy.
First, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will PROBABLY return. George Lucas actually started work on these flicks sometime last year, and wrangled the two Skywalkers into a private lunch session to chat about the possibilities. Honestly, there aren’t many plot specific details, but at least we know that the twins will most likely be involved. Here’s what Hamill had to say (courtesy of EW):
So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs] I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.
Luke Skywalker…errr, I mean Hamill… goes a bit further and restates, regarding the new tales, that:
I just don’t know
We’ve also received word that EPISODES 7-9 will be entirely original, not relying on any previously produced books, comics, or video games, which is great. I love The Thrawn Trilogy as much as the next guy, but the Extended Universe is a junkyard of recycled tropes and Clone Jedi (and Clone Emperor) stories that are TOO. DAMN. TIRED.
Now, the final nail in the “Get me some Kleenex, I just made a mess on my keyboard” coffin exists in a tiny bit of fanboy lore. Throw on some tea, light up a nice long pipe of Old Toby, and enjoy this revelation. George Lucas had always intended Star Wars to extend 12 Episodes, not just 3 or 6. That jowley bastard had his heart set on a whole dozen Skywalker led epics, with Episodes 7-9 being the most action packed. Lucas biographer Dale Pollock revealed as much in an interview yesterday with The Wrap, saying
“It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’”
Now, we don’t know if Disney will adhere to those original treatments, scrap them, or adapt them in some way, but it only bodes well for the future. And as long as they convey 10% of the awesomeness in the Star Wars gaming cinematics, then I’m sold.