New 'Star Wars' Trilogy May Not Adapt Any Existing Books or Comics
Now that a new Star Wars trilogy has been confirmed with Star Wars: Episode VII slated for release sometime in 2015 and a new film every other year after that, it's time to dig into the details. While yesterday we decided to list our picks for the ten best director's to take on a new Star Wars film, today we're getting news on where this new trilogy might take our story. First, Timothy Zahn, author of the Heir to the Empire trilogy of books, updated his Facebook saying he has not been contacted by Disney or Lucasfilm. But he also points out that they would not need to ask his permission. Still, the prospect sounds like it's out.
Meanwhile, we've heard that Dark Empire, a six-issue limited series of comics written by Tom Veitch might be the focus on a new trilogy. We've yet to get any more news on that front, so we're considering it a rumor until we hear otherwise. That storyline follows the post-trilogy adventures of the main characters from the original Star Wars franchise, and here's a more detailed explanation from Amazon:
"Six years after the fall of the Empire in 'Return of the Jedi,' the battle for the galaxy's freedom rages on. The Empire has been mysteriously reborn under an unknown leader, wielding a new weapon of great power. Princess Leia and Han Solo struggle to hold together the New Republic while the galaxy's savior, Luke Skywalker, fights an inner battle as he is drawn to the dark side, just as his father. "
It also marks the return of Boba Fett (who is not killed by Sarlaac in Return of the Jedi) and also introduces us to the child of Han Solo and Princess Leia, Anakin Solo an addition to their family that already includes twins Jacen and Jaina Solo (though they don't play a part in this story arc). Considering the events take place only six years after Return of the Jedi, the original actors would be too old to take on those roles now. Unless some serious new recasting takes place (or they spend millions on making young versions of the actors like Jeff Bridges in Disney's Tron Legacy), we find this rumor to be unlikely, no matter how enticing it would be to have Luke Skywalker go to the Dark Side for a bit.
Now E! Online has spoken to someone at Lucasfilm and they simply said that this new trilogy would be an "original story." Does that mean we might not see any of our favorite characters show up in this new trilogy? I feel like fans want to see Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca, even if it's only for a small cameo, but maybe we'll get a whole slew of new characters to follow. That might be the only way to do this and not have so much fan outrage and scrutiny by using canon characters as the sole focus.
Meanwhile, The Wrap caught up with writer Dale Pollock, author of Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas, and he claims the filmmaker allowed him to read the outlines for his originally planned twelve part story. He says, "It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’” Of course, a lot has changed between then. Pollock also notes they feature a Luke Skywalker in his 30s or 40s, so that might not allow Mark Hamill to come back.
However, we're still hoping the New Jedi Order takes the spotlight for the new trilogy. Wikipedia says:
"The series begins twenty-one years after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star. The New Republic is facing internal conflict while trying to maintain peace. A new, powerful enemy, known as the Yuuzhan Vong, emerges from the outer galaxy, beginning what will be known as the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. The Jedi, along with the New Republic, struggle to resist this new alien race while it steadily pushes forward, annihilating or occupying different parts of the galaxy."
It's a harrowing series, the characters' are old enough to allow the original cast to reprise their roles, and there's a lot of drama coming from several big characters dying over the story arc. However, it's a little darker than the original trilogy, so it might not be what Disney is looking for right now. But if they're going with an original story, it might not be something we have to even speculate about at this point. here's hoping the real story surfaces soon so we can start getting even more excited about this new epic trilogy.
Do you want an original Star Wars trilogy or do you want books and comics to get adapted?