Is Disney Going the Marvel Route with Star Wars?

Another day another Star Wars Episode VII rumor. There have been so many rumors in fact, that I’ve avoided talking about them so as not to flood my blog with needless speculations and nerd rants. But today a new rumor came to my attention that I think deserves a discussion.

About a week or so ago, it was reported (not confirmed) that Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (screenwriter for X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class) to pen the script for Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX.

Right off the bat, this is very good news, especially because it has been all but confirmed. Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars film, and X-Men: First Class is one of my favorite superhero movies, so suffice to say this news excited me.

But now there’s a rumor going around that they may not be writing the script for Episodes VIII and IX, but instead a separate Star Wars project. What does this mean? Well, I’m not entirely sure.

What the rumor goes on to say (you can read more about it on IGN here) is that Disney could be following the Marvel blueprint for releasing their movies as a kind of shared universe. And while the scripts Kasdan and Kinberg write could tie into the overall Skywalker storyline, it is also likely they could be a spin-off of sorts, focusing on secondary characters in the universe.

This worries me a bit. The Star Wars films have always been about the Skywalker family, and I fully expected Episode VII and it’s subsequent sequels to continue this trend. But this rumor seems to suggest otherwise.

While there is nothing wrong with the way Marvel released their movies (in their case it was rather brilliant), I don’t think the same logic should be applied to Star Wars.

It’s true that there are dozens upon dozens of Star Wars characters I’d love to see fleshed out more in the movies, but I’m sure about an entire movie dedicated to a secondary character is the best route to take.

However, I think if based some kind of source material, (the numerous Star Wars books, video-games, comics etc.) this could make more sense. But I think going the route of an animated movie, (in the same vein as The Clone Wars) would be a better outcome, so as to not distract from the main Star Wars Episodes.

And besides, how awesome would it be seeing a hyper-realistic or stylized animated film about Boba Fett? Or Lando Calrissian (he’s a man, not a system)? As long as it’s not Jar Jar I’d be a happy nerd.

But of course, this is all still rumor, and Disney has declined comment on the matter. It’s hard to speculate on what Disney is doing with Star Wars at this point, as there seems to be a new rumor every single day about a potential storyline or director.

What do you think of the idea of a Star Wars film focusing on a secondary character? I’d love to hear what you think about all of this in the comments below. As always, may the force be with you.


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