This weekend, I re-watched Star Wars Episodes 1 & 2 (no, not the ones with Han, Luke and Leia).
Some parts were as bad as I remember (George Lucas will certainly be spending time in purgatory for Jar Jar Binks), while the music (oh God the music) was still epic, and you can’t beat a good Star Wars laser battle. Natalie Portman isn’t hard on the eyes either.
That said, I’m already pumped for the 2015 release of Episode 7, to be directed by J.J. Abrams (he’s like the evil emperor of all nerd-dorm, he must control ALL the movies).
According to an article in ars technica, ahead of Episode 7, Disney (Star Wars’ new master) is going to scrub decades of accumulated narrative from Star Wars’ “extended universe:”
The giant swamp of the EU stretches out before them, threatening to ensnare and swallow up any potential ideas they might try to include. They need to be able to re-launch the franchise in a direction that they control, and that requires the freedom to let Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan pen the script without worrying about stumbling over years’ worth of baggage.
And good riddance, say I. Having read Star Wars novels growing up, they can be entertaining pulp fiction - but they’re no foundation on which to build a new film trilogy.
Finally, since we’re on the topic of reboots, can Disney release a Non-Director’s Cut of Episode 1 that completely removes Jar Jar Binks from the film?
Yeah, that’d be great.