Walt Disney has announced a deal to make three new Star Wars movies.
Disney has closed a deal with director Rian Johnson to develop a new “Star Wars” trilogy, and it is planning a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.
Disney could never be accused of not "sweating" the assets they have....
Since the purchase of Lucasfilm (the makers of Star Wars) in 2012, Disney announced a trilogy of new Star Wars films as well as three stand-alone films. Now, we have a new trilogy of films, making twelve Star Wars films in total and a new live action series too.
It's Star Wars everywhere!
I loved Star Wars as a kid and one of my best presents ever was a light sabre which I used as a torch to read books under my bed sheets thinking about galaxies and other far off places, and yes I got all the other stuff too. Who didn't have a Millennium Falcon?
I think my love affair with Star Wars started to falter when George Lucas announced the "special edition" versions of the original trilogy on VHS tape. Then we had the normal DVDs, special edition DVDs and Blu Rays in more recent years. Then we had the prequel trilogy Eps 1-3....
As a kid, I didn't feel Star Wars was all just one big money machine and I still think that the first Star Wars film is one of the best films ever made. A simple fable about a farm boy rescuing the beautiful princess from the evil Lord, but set in space. Brilliant. Truly brilliant. The special effects and the incredible score from John Williams made the whole thing a magical experience, which is what the cinemas should be about, shouldn't they?
Even before the the Disney takeover, the prequel trilogy was piss poor in my opinion. Ok, the last one of the trilogy was pretty good, but crap actors, poor direction, over reliance on special effects, summed up the problem with Star Wars for me. It was no longer about the story (if it ever was) and was just about making as much money as possible. And if anyone mentions Jar Jar Binks here, they will get shot! (oops, I just did!)
I saw Episode 7, (was it 7, lose track now??) at the cinema two years ago and overall I was very disappointed with it. Blurry IMAX screens and fast moving action doesn't work well together, but it just seemed a copy of A New Hope to me, minus the heart and a decent story. That said, most of the other people in the cinema seemed to enjoy it. But I think the bit that everyone was annoyed about was this:
Luke Skywalker didn't appear in the film until the very end of it. What a bloody con!
A year later the first of the stand alone films came along, Rogue One, and although it was a Star Wars film, it didn't quite feel like Star Wars and I suspect that was the idea of the producers to have something feeling a little different. I enjoyed it more than The Force Awakens. Did you?
With the next in the current trilogy of films due in Christmas, The Last Jedi. and the next standalone film about Hans Solo next year, we already have plenty of new Star Wars stuff to look "forward" too even before this announcement. Will you see the next film at Christmas?
Original trilogy, prequel trilogy, then Disney trilogy and standalone films and now another trilogy of films and a tv series to boot. It's a lot of Star Wars.
Are you looking forward to this brand new trilogy of films and new series, or do you think that Star Wars has gone too, far, far away in a galaxy for your liking?
I was trying to think of a quality way to end this thread (good for search engine rankings, you know!) so came up with this:
I thought that was nice, but if you're old enough you may remember this:
Perfect, but for the young 'urns, that's too old hat, so here's one for them:
There we go. Nice tunes to end the thread and good quality, but as I was doing my washing earlier, I thought sod it, I would go for this instead. Take a close look at the right hand side of my radiator:
Quality matters, so does having clean socks!