While the coming return of Star Wars, with Episode VII in 2015, is still having trouble finding a director, they have confirmed that Michael Arndt will write the movie. Famous directors like Abrams, Spielberg, and Tarantino have all said no to the possibility of directing the movie for very different reasons, but I think we will hear more answers like this. Abrams will not touch the movies because he loves them too much, Spielberg will not because it is not his genre (remember this line folks, Spielberg is a Sci-fi and action director, it’s important), and Tarantino doesn’t want anything to do with a Disney version of the franchise.
As for Arndt, he’s the writer behind Toy Story 2, and Little Miss Sunshine. While both films were successful, it’s hard to imagine those type of movies in the same league with what people are going to expect from a new Star Wars. I looked to see if there was anything else under his belt and…well there isn’t. He’s got a few movies coming out, including the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, but nothing in the past to let us know what he’s about. So far it’s starting to look like the people in charge are rolling all the dice at once with all the money on the table. Disney is expecting a cash cow and fans know it. They will be expecting to get the most for their money or the franchise will be quickly abandoned. Look how fast everyone turned on Lucas with the new trilogy. People make the mistake of thinking Star Wars fans will buy into anything that has those two little words on it.
Finally, in the story, are three disturbing lines from the paper that reported it. They are talking about bringing Darth Vader back! <not happy exclamation.
A source told the Daily Express newspaper: ”He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible.”
”The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”
”This is science fiction remember. Darth Vader will rise from the ashes.”
I read this and nearly lost my mind. First, and foremost, THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION! If you don’t know the difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy by now you need to get your hands off Star Wars. Let me break it down for the clown that said this. Science Fiction is a story set in a world where technology is far more advanced than ours where the writers use that technology to explain how the people in the story do all of the things that we can’t do today. The story usually revolves around conflict in space or some other alien environment. The key that distinguishes science fiction is the science. Science explains everything in such a story. Fantasy is a story set in a world where magic exists, or some form of powerful ‘force’ that makes everything in the story possible. The story usually revolves around conflict between different races, or species in space or some other alien environment The key that distinguishes fantasy is the magic. Magic explains everything in such a story. The differences are subtle but important. Everyone that works on Star Wars needs to know it. Just because there are space ships and laser guns does not make it science fiction. If you still aren’t sure watch Episode I, then a Star Trek movie. Notice the difference in the techno-babble and how everything is explained (hint, there isn’t any in Star Wars outside the minimum). In Star Wars you have: “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. ” Magic. If that’s not enough to explain it look back at Spielberg’s response. It’s not his genre he said…Spielberg, the man who produced or directed (or both): A.I., Falling Skies, E.T., Terra Nova, Transformers, Men in Black, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, Minority Report, and many many other science fiction movies.
All that aside we Star Wars fans are not stupid. Bring Vader back?! Oh I know, in a world of magic anything is possible, but there are a couple of things that have happened that are hard to break. A. We saw the body burn and B. We saw his ghost. It’s quite possible to write Vader back in, so many ways to do it and so many ways to do it wrong. If they completely ignore the original trilogy, the worst way to do it in my opinion, they will lose fans immediately and create a divide between people who cling to the originals and those to embrace the new. That already exists, don’t widen that divide please. They could explain it away with the Force, but be careful there as well. They will have to add to the lore of the Force without making Jedi into Gods. The Force is powerful, but it has its limits. Necessary weaknesses so that the heroes of our story actually struggle, not overcome everything and anything thrown at them.
Needless to say, none of this news has calmed my fears. It hasn’t stifled my excitement either, I am still worried and hopeful. We’ll be watching all of this for you and bring you more of our thoughts as we march to 2015.