We're still reeling from the news that George Lucas has given up on Star Wars, sold LucasFilm to Disney and that a new Star Wars Trilogy is already in the works. But for a moment there, we had one thing to latch on to: the likely scenario that the new trilogy would be an adaptation of already beloved, or at least respected, expanded universe storylines, and probably Timothy Zahn's post-Return of the Jedi novels, which are considered canonical by LucasFilm. They were strong stories that pit older versions of Luke, Leia and Han Solo against the last remnants of the Empire and found Skywalker struggling to rebuild the Jedi order without any way of knowing how to do so.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, too bad, because they're going in another direction for the upcoming films. A source at LucasFilm has told E! Online that "It will be an original story" after all. And if that wasn't enough of a blank slate for you, they don't yet have a director picked out.
What does this mean for you, the Star Wars fans? It means don't get too attached to any of the ideas you already have swirling around your head, or any of the expanded universe storylines you may already hold dear. These films could literally go anywhere and do anything. Maybe we'll see older versions of the original trilogy cast, maybe we'll jump far enough ahead that only C-3PO and R2-D2 will still be around to see it. Maybe there will be no connection whatsoever to the previous trilogies. The sky, indeed the whole of outer space, is the limit. Anyone can reinvent the franchise, and at the same time, anyone can screw it up.
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