I know, I know, you fanboys are all probably thinking the same thing, "Blasphemy!! Blasphemy!! How dare you say we need to reboot Star Wars!!! Crucify him!!!!" Hey, I'll be the first to say, I would've had the same reaction. The thing is, I would've had that reaction years ago, before the prequels, before the cartoons, before the marketing, before the universe expanded and essemtially changed Star Wars from what it was. Not only would I have had that reaction because it was Star Wars, but also because it was another reboot. I've never really been a fan of the whole "lets reboot everything!" craze that has been going on. I feel that reboots aren't the only way to fix a dying franchise (Predator reboot
= pointless, Alien prequel
= now that's a good idea). However, I do feel reboots are necessary to the franchises that really do need it. No matter how much you wanna deny it, whether you like the prequels or not, whether you like all the expanded universe or not....Star Wars needs a reboot.
Recently, I read a great article about the concept of a potential reboot on io9.com which can be read here: http://io9.com/5283368/how-to-reboot-star-wars
This person is saying word-for-word how I think a reboot should and could be done. Before you people start forming a mob and lighting your torches, just take a few minutes to let the idea absorb in your head. Should I bring up the example we've seen this summer of how a space opera can be successfully rebooted?
The Star Trek reboot is arguably (emphasis on the "arguably" trekkies) the best Star Trek movie we've ever seen. Let's analyze why this is. J.J. Abrams went back to tell the story of the characters that we grew to love. Don't expect to see Patrick Stewart popping up in this new series anytime soon. This Star Trek is just good ol' Captain Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise crew going on their adventures.
That brings me to my next point, Abrams made Star Trek fun. He managed to bring in a wider audience because he showed just how much fun you can have with the franchise and even made people interested enough to go back and watch the older films in the franchise.
These among the various problems with all of the new age Star Wars films. They're not fun, they're uninteresting stories (republic disputes over trade routes, WTF?!!!
), they are at this point WAY to convoluted, and one of the biggest things with me...I FUCKING HATE THESE CHARACTERS!!!!!
Face it people, Star Wars has changed. But things can still turn around. It can be that same fun experience we had when we were kids and remind us all of why we went to the movies. Even though you wanna make it fun, it can still be a well-written, well-concieved story that's focused about telling a good story, and not about oversaturating it with special effects, unnecessary characters, and inconsistent plot elements. This is the prime oppotunity to revisit the journey of Luke Skywalker and friends, and all the adventures they went on.
The most important point I wanna stress that'll freak out fans the most is that you can't do the exact same thing as the originals. I know it sounds scary, but when you do a shot-by-shot remake, it just makes the film pointless (Psycho remake anyone?). As a filmmaker, you have to have a pair of balls and be willing to take a few liberties with the story while still managing to capture the essence of that mythology.
For example, I don't wanna see anymore of this Episode # shit! You don't have to set it up to the audience that you're going to make a trilogy of prequels. Focus on making your one film and call it "Star Wars", thats it!!!
Now...theres that Berlin Wall that has to be taken down:
Lets face it. George Lucas would never allow a reboot to happen unless it'll make him more money. The thing is, since the popularity of Star Wars has been decreasing, that may be his only option to sell more toys. I JUST DON'T WANT HIM TO DO IT! He's just gonna be typical "Hrm, I'm-George-Lucas-I'm-Awesome!" and make more bullshit like he did with the prequels. All we could really do at this point is pray. Pray that he'll wise up and let someone else step up to the plate or pray that he'll die (I know, I'm kind of evil).
Let's all just hope. Hope that one day, we can fly with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia in the Millenium Falcon against the tyranny of Darth Vader, and Star Wars can go back to the way it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.