2. December 2012 11:55
November's Rolling Stone magazine weighs in on Star Wars in on Disney's Sequel Trilogy:
'Star Wars': The Never-Ending Story
Anticipation: Hollywood Jedis brainstorm the saga’s post-George Lucas future.
For lightsaber-hoarding super fans, it was the most unexpected event since they managed to lose their virginity: George Lucas announced October 30th that he sold his empire to Disney, who will produce an apparently never-ending series of new Star Wars movies, starting with Episode VII, due in 2015. Lucas won’t write or direct the films, which means new creators will take over. But how can a new trilogy pick up where Return of the Jedi left off? We asked some of our favorite writers and directors for ideas.
Reunite the Original Cast
DAMON LINDELOF Co-creator, “Lost”
I can say with 100 percent confidence that it’s going to be the biggest event in the history of modern cinema. I like the idea that something happened between Return of the Jedi and this new film that splits everybody up and creates some turmoil. It would be about getting the original
cast back together for one last hurrah, in partnership with whoever s going to be carrying the torch forward. I know Harrison Ford lobbied for Han Solo to be killed off, so if I were producing it, he would be the first person I called: “We can finally make that dream come true, but we can’t kill him off without you.”
VINCE GILLIGAN Creator, “Breaking Bad” It would be fun to see the original actors, but I don’t know how they would be cen¬tral to the story, because their journey seemed to be at an end. They had won all the battles; they killed the Emperor. So it seems like from a story point of view, you have to come up with a new villain and a new hero, and let that play out in a new fashion. But personally, I wouldn’t touch the assignment with a 10-foot pole. I don’t see how you’d win in a situation like that. I’m a coward, and I’d be so scared of messing up, putting my hand in greatness and ham-fistedly destroying it by accident. I’m old-school - I would love to see Lawrence Kasdan take another whack at writing it, because he wrote the best of the three episodes, The Empire Strikes Back.
Follow George’s Lead
JON FAVREAU Director, “Iron Man”
It’s comforting to know that George is still around, so the first step is to get inside George’s head and just see where he’s coming from and go from that. I don’t think he’s a guy who will walk away completely. In the original trilogy there was the sense that the Force was this magical secret, like kung fu being passed down through a secret order of Shaolin masters. I like the idea that further in the future, it becomes an even more guarded secret. So you have the aftermath of the destruction of the second Death Star, what’s happening with the rebellion and the empire, and the question of how the order of the Jedi gets reinvigorated. It scales everything down to very personal, emotional stories within what’s sure to be an epic spectacle.
KEVIN SMITH Creator, “Comic Book Men” My idea is Star Wars: Army of the Fett - an all-Boba Fett movie. I was nine years old when I came up with this. So Boba Fett gets out of the Sarlacc pit and gets some sort of time-travel technology and goes through the whole story again. He could kill Jar Jar before he ever meets Anakin. And you could send him back into uncomfortable moments. Like, when Luke and Leia kiss, he takes a picture! That’s how you bring down the rebellion. You just show Han Solo - “Ew, this dude kissed your lady, and it’s her brother.” And at the end, Boba Fett fights Darth Vader. See, this is why they don’t give me the franchise. They should get Jon Favreau.
Source: Rolling Stone (USA), November 22nd 2012, page 17.