The news are everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you look and where you read your news. Star Wars is such an icon in 20th-21st century America that the news that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas, at the price of $4 billion. As if that wasn’t enough of a shocker, Disney also released that work is already underway for the development and 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII…or Mickey Mouse: Coruscant Adventures.
Alright so we all know Star Wars won’t be about Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. We know. The questions that the fans are asking are centered around the matters of canon. The truth that many people aren’t aware of is that beyond the film, the Star Wars universe is a collection of dozens and dozens of novels and graphic novels series. If it counts for anything, I myself have spent the last six months catching up with the “Fate of the Jedi” series which picks up around 45 years after Return of the Jedi.
The issue with canon isn’t about the canon being sacred or kept from change. It has changed many times. From crazy changes like the day that George Lucas stated that the Clone Troopers would eventually become Storm Troopers to more moderate changes like the way in which the Force is portrayed in The Force Unleashed game series, canon alterations have taken place all throughout the series. However, at the end of the day, Disney will most likely decide to start clean and work on something fresh and free from past mistakes known to the George Lucas team of Lucasfilm, Lucasarts, Lucasbooks, etc.
The other big questions are more focused on the artistic side of the endeavor of launching a new trilogy/series of Star Wars films. Critical questions like who will be the director are already flooding the web. There are already rumors that it won’t even be a trilogy, but a series of character-focused movies in the manner of Marvel’s The Avengers.
Finally, there are some doubts and concerns regarding how this impacts the relationship between Star Wars films (Lucasfilm), Star Wars video games (Lucasarts), and Star Wars books (Lucasbooks) which have always walked together hand-in-hand.
In the end, as fan, I am with George Lucas what he believes is best for the series. Even though I have become attached to many of the events and characters found in the series Post-Trilogy, I also agree that decisions were made and turns were taken along the way that weren’t the best choice for the direction of the Star Wars universe. If this is meant to be a fresh start, then let us pray it is for the best. May the Force be with us all…and Disney.