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'Star Wars: Episode VII' to Follow Luke Skywalker and Jedi Academy?

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December 19, 2012
Source: Reuters

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In an article chronicling the visitors journeying to a Mayan temple (as we near "the end of the world"), Reuters talks about the landmark's place in the original Star Wars trilogy. The Mayan temple in question (seen above) serves as the home of a rebel base on Yavin 4. Normally this article would serve as much interest to us as something to write about, but the news outlet mentioned some plot details for the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. It sounds like a rumor or maybe assumed information from the extensive collection of books, but it's worth talking about since we haven't had any solid updates in awhile.

Here's what Reuters said about Yavin 4 and its place in the new trilogy:

"Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which [Luke] Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal."

Sounds pretty interesting, but here's the problem. That storyline is from the expanded universe series of books, and back in October we learned that this new series of films would not adapt any of the existing books or comics into films. Though perhaps that's an exaggeration as some of the story elements could certainly be used without being a direct adaptation of any specific expanded universe storyline. It would fit for the new trilogy as Skywalker could be training a new set of Jedi to continue the story for future films. Of course, it also seems a little obvious, so we'll regard this as rumor and hope for an update soon. Thoughts?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Bangerter/100001074769241 Jesse Bangerter
    Sounds fucking lame.
    • I hate dicks
      Cause you are a dick.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1454815633 Michael Baldwin
    Jedi Knight Jedi Academy LOVED THAT GAME
  • avi
    lame and cheesy...
  • Xerxexx
    Kinda boring. I really hope they don't attempt to have Hamill lead these films. Have him hand off the series to a new group of people.
    • VAharleywitch
      I agree. Much as I really really want Hamill/Fisher/Ford to appear in the first new one - they've got to be back-seat characters from there on out, if not limited to off-screen references. On the other hand, using the Jedi Academy as the jump-point for the new trilogy isn't horrible - it allows for an older Luke (though in the books he's not quite as old as Hamill is) & co while giving ample room to introduce the next generation - whether literal (H&L's kids) or figurative (new Jedi).
      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Philip-Cinquegrano/100000932639147 Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
        older Jedis are cool , same with sith lords , The older the wiser and even their skills become sharper , less movement more skill, Look at Ben Kenobi, Darth Sidious, Count Dooku , Qui-Gon, It can work for Hammil, the other characters could be more like mentors an solo an chewie more like mechanics.
  • Steven
    You would think Dagobah would be a better choice as he recieved the better part of his training with Yoda on that planet. Would be a huge mistake to follow the EU.
    • a balerina with a pony
      Just as long as they don't include Tatooine...how boring is that imitation of Arrakis from Dune ... although Sand people are kinda comical...
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Philip-Cinquegrano/100000932639147 Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
      That place is full of swamp though, it would be tough to build a soldid structure on top of all that crap lol, be nice if they sent them there for trials though
  • OfficialJab
    Hey 'boring' people - it's not like that'll be the whole movie, it's just a setting and a time frame. Villains and conflict will exist as well.
  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
    If people think that Ford, Fisher, and Hamill wouldn't do everything they could to get into the best shape possible for these roles...they are kidding themselves. On top of that, there is a big difference between how any celebrity looks in an interview on any given sunday vs how they look in front of the camera with makeup on and etc.
    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
      I'm not saying they should be the leads...but all of these people writing them off as 'too old, fat and ugly' to be brought back are just a bit too much.
      • a balerina with a pony
        But they are too old fat and ugly....Hey Too old,fat and ugly could be a name of the new movie: Star Wars :Too old,Fat and Ugly.You know like Sergio Leones The good ,the bad and the ugly :P
    • Jason
      I appreciate your defense. Good man!
  • Jon
    Hand off to new group of people? Um yeah they did that and for the most part those 3 movies sucked really bad. Original cast might be best way to motivate writers and director to not make new series suck. The anticipation of the the real return to Star Wars around the world would be huge. Come on Han Solo, Princess Freaking Leia and the only person worthy of the name Skywalker! Get real geeks.
  • TheForceForever
    THIS IS JUST ONE PART OF THE STORY DAMMIT! CHILL.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    It'll be interesting to see if the internet will ruin these new films.
  • David Banner
    Does this mean we can't trust Reuters either anymore??
  • castingcouch
    Will they have funny teeth like the game?
  • Zoom_505
    Just like in the games Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy! I hope they introduce Kyle Katarn into the movie version of the story. That would make my day... or year!
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Philip-Cinquegrano/100000932639147 Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
      they did it with Jango
  • Richie G
    So they're not ignoring the expanded universe completely, just hope they don't follow it too closely either
  • Biggest SW fan EVER
    I'm happy. It's what I thought it would be. I didn't like the "heir to the empire books" so hopefully it won't follow those completely. I really am hoping for more of a "Force Unleashed" feel though, those game trailers are intense!!!
  • David Banner
    Reuters writer Michael McDonald admits he made a boo-boo and spread a false rumor: "This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that storyline has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of 'Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode."

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