Oh boy... All I can say, is this is going to get messy... Sure, Trek had the feel of an SW film, and in that regad, JJ is a (semi)competent director. But. He's also a seriously self-indulgent one. If he directs Episode VII, I can't see him following any of the EU stuff which came after RotJ, and which fans have come to consider as the continuation of the SW franchise.
SW wasn't dead in the water like StarTrek was, the Clone Wars cartoons kept things going while Lucas made his deal to sell it all and retire (to an island filled with naked women, to quote Zephram Cochrane...) SW doesn't need a re-boot, it just needs an appropriate continuation. Enough of the original cast are alive, and at an age where they could still portray their respective characters 30 years later in their lives, with a cast of younger actors as the Solo kids and students at Luke's academy. That would be accepted. That would be reasonable.
JJ doesn't do reasonable...
JJ's going to come in and piss all over the EU 'because he can', and I think the result will be a lot of very annoyed fans, and a film held in the same regard as Highlander II (ie fans trying to forget it ever existed...)
No good can come of this
And the really sad thing about this, is I'm not even a Star Wars fan... Sure, lightsabers are pretty badass, but other than that, I could take it or leave it, my heart's always belonged to Trek, but if even I am worried about this, I wonder how a real die-hard fan of SW may feel...
If he directs Episode VII, I can't see him following any of the EU stuff which came after RotJ, and which fans have come to consider as the continuation of the SW franchise.
I've never thought of the EU as anything like that. I've always thought of it as just a nice collaboration of fan-fiction in books and a few games. What's in the movies is what "counts" for me. Everything else is a nice little side story to tell around a campfire.
Don't quote me on it, but I recall reading somewhere that nobody was allowed to make a new Trek series until Abrams was done with his three movies. If he's decided not to do a third, we might get a new series five years earlier than before.
There's an ongoing discussion already in the "JJ Wars" thread here in Ten Forward. Join us there if you like.
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