By Danielle Scregg
When I first heard the rumours for a Star Wars 7 I was intrigued to find out if they were true.
It appears they are and a new Star Wars film will be upon us in 2015 and then two others in 2017 and 19, with more then coming every two to three years for the foreseeable future.
It has been said that George Lucas, the mind, body and soul behind Star Wars, had been discussing it way back in the 1970s.
Disney have bought George Lucas’s production company (LucasFilm) for a whopping £2.5 billion. With the involvement of Disney I can not imagine anything but greatness coming from these new films.
I can remember when my dad took me to see my first ever film at the cinema. It so happened to be Star Wars. I was eight years old and still hadn’t been to the cinema.
As you can imagine I was very excited, and it probably wasn’t due to the film I was seeing, more the cinema visit itself.
I guess from then on, for me, the Star Wars films have a sentimental value attached to them. I wasn’t around to enjoy Star Wars first time round and a little to young to understand what makes a brilliant film brilliant.
Now I am old enough and interested in films to be able to judge and appreciate it all. This may be the cause of my excitement when so many others feel like another Star Wars is taking it too far.
The Guardian said: “ Really? Another one? It’s like hearing that JK Rowling was pulling the plug on all this Casual Vacancy realism and readying another three Harry Potter movies for Warner Brothers, picking up where Deathly Hallows left off.”
As for the plot, there has been talk of it being set a while after Return of the Jedi. If correct, true Star Wars buffs and fans from the off set will finally be allowed to feel as if they have grown old with the film.
Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill did have a secret meeting with George over the summer, but there was no talk of them starring in the films.
A likely option would be for it to carry on with the generation after them. From a ‘girly’ love story point of view I would quite like to see what becomes of Leia and Han’s children. Yes, they have children. It happens in the expanded book universe, but the films might not follow exactly.
George Lucas will not direct the film, leaving room for a fresh new face to take on the heady task.
Lucas also believes that Kathleen Kennedy, the new president of LucasFilm, will nurture Star Wars into a new beginning of not only films but television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment and consumer products.
The lightsaber is now commonly recognized in popular culture and I guarantee it will be dusted down and bought all over again by new younger fans.
Fathers and mothers may be hiding their own nerdy excitement, too ashamed to admit it, behind their children’s when taking them to the cinema.
I am sure I am not alone in my nervous excitement for this fresh new era of Star Wars films. Lets just hope the newbies can fill George Lucas’ ginormous shoes.
(Editor notes: George may have made three cracking films but the prequels were some of the worst out there. Let us hope Disney don’t make the same mistakes.)