By now, everyone is buzzing about the news that Disney has bought Lucasfilm, the company that George Lucas founded to make the world famous Star Wars films, for nearly $4.05 billion. Then, it went ahead and announced that a seventh Star Wars installment will be coming out in 2015, but with no details about what the film could possibly be about.
Lucas said in a statement, "It's now time for me to pass `Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers." The current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, will become its president and report directly to Disney president Alan Horn. It was big news for Star Wars fans and general moviegoers alike – after all, 4.1 billion dollars is a huge sum of money, no matter what is being bought. There is also worry and excitement for Star Wars fans everywhere – after all, this is the studio that has done such a fantastic job with Avengers and the other Marvel movies. However, this is also the studio that has brought you duds like John Carter, so you never really know what you’re going to end up with. The prequels were already famously criticized, and one wonders if this planned seventh installment will just insult to the series, or redeem it.
Of course, despite misgivings and concerns, Star Wars is one of the highest grossing franchises in the history of cinema, and Disney will make the movies whether fans want them or not – at least for now. So what could the seventh installment be about? All three of the original leads – Mark Hamill (Luke Skywallker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Skywalker), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) have aged significantly since the original films. In fact, Ford is probably the only actor who resembled what he used to look like in the movies – however, will any of them return to the series? Possibly if they are offered a huge paycheck, but all three of them have done so much to distance themselves from the franchise that it seems unlikely. Unless, again, Disney somehow manages to return the series to its original glory and really come up with a fantastic story.
And where better to draw the stories from than the already existing library of Star Wars extended universe novels. One particular series that is also considered one of the best is the ‘New Jedi Order’ series – it deals with dark subject matter, it really explores the character, and it contains action, death, love, and a promising premise – a species from another universe enters the galaxy looking to conquer everything in their path. However, there’s a twist – the Jedi can’t help because these species don’t seem to exist in the force. It’s a fantastic look at the complexities of the Star Wars universe, with gripping storylines, great characters, and a LOT of Han Solo.