Ewok Fantasies: There Can Be Only One

November 7, 2012 at 11:16 am | Posted in Episode VII, Ewok Fantasies, Movies, Opinion | Leave a comment

There’s been a lot of discussion about who should direct Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. Some have proposed Joss Whedon for his work on the The Avengers. Others have suggested Jon Favreau for his work on the Iron Man series. According to the rumor mill, Matthew Vaughn (director of Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class) is up for the spot. However there is one name that makes more sense than all the rest: Christopher Nolan.

When you think of successful movie trilogies, there are only a few that come to mind. Making sequels that stand up to the original is no easy feat. Rebooting a film or entire franchise is just as difficult. However the number of people who have been able to successfully do both? Well, Christopher Nolan certainly is one of the elite in that category. He took a beloved franchise like Batman and rebooted it into an extremely successful trilogy. He managed to bring back the Joker in a way that was a smash hit with fans. And when the pressure was on to do the impossible, he managed to close the trilogy on a high note with a terrific film.

Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII, and IX present hurdles similar to those faced by the Batman reboot. There are decades of expanded universe material in form of books, comics, and video games. Whether the average consumer realizes it or not, the fates of the characters after Return of the Jedi have already been told. For that reason alone, Episodes VII, VIII, and IX will be a reboot of the franchise for many Star Wars fans.

Yet for those who have never delved into the Star Wars books or comics, a new trilogy would still be a reboot. Even if Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are brought back for their iconic roles, the technological facelift of the films will be a jarring transition for lovers of the original trilogy. George Lucas won’t be as involved this time around so the tone and direction of the story may be completely different. But ultimately it will come down to the story that is told, a story that no longer centers on Darth Vader. A trilogy with an all new focus and story will certainly be a reboot of the saga we’ve known and loved, even through it’s ups and downs.

More importantly, the new trilogy will be a sequel, a telling of new stories in the saga. Many fans will want to know what happened to the Big 3 and where the Star Wars future went and is going. These new films will be the chance to tell those stories.

To pull off both aspects, to be able to tell stories that connect to the original trilogy but also forge ahead into new territory, there is only one director that I can think of who is qualified for the job. Christopher Nolan knows how to please fans, use source material, and create new stories that are entertaining and box office successes. He can pull off a trilogy. He can pull off a reboot. And he can make everybody happy.

Christopher Nolan, you’re our only hope.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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