The new Star Wars Universe kicked off with 2015's The Force Awakens and followed with the first standalone anthology movie in the saga, Rogue One. And it's not showing any signs of stopping with #TheLastJedi and next year's #HanSolo spin off film.
The films above are based on pre-existing concepts in the franchise, and while they've proved to be extremely successful, could Disney and Lucasfilm move on from exploring the legacy of beloved characters such as Yoda, Luke, Leia or Darth Vader? According to Rogue One's co-writer, it's completely possible.
Speaking to Comingsoon.net, Gary Whitta was asked if he believed there would ever be a Star Wars movie without classic elements like Darth Vader or Stormtroopers, but that instead dealt with completely new themes. The writer explained that they partially already did that with #RogueOne, stating:
"I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with 'Rogue One.' Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, because those are elements of that story and they belong there...
.But for the most part, 90% of that story is completely new characters. Completely new planets and places you’ve never seen before. It’s a Star Wars movie with no Jedi! You don’t see a lightsaber once until Vader pops it out at the end. It doesn’t have any spirituality or mysticism… a little bit through Donnie’s character, but it’s very different DNA to the Star Wars films that have come before it."
That's when he revealed the intriguing possibility of future #StarWars films not exploring legacy stories and characters any longer:
"The next spin-off is ‘Han Solo,’ that’s another familiar character [...] One of the thing things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past."
Still, Whitta stressed:
"I obviously have no idea what their plans are for the franchise. I did my small piece of it, but it makes sense to me that you don’t want to keep telling the same story over and over again."
So, while it's only a possibility at this point, if that is indeed #Disney's plan, it would obviously have important implications for the universe. We've heard about several movies in various stages of development based on old characters, mainly Boba Fett, so it's uncertain what will happen to those projects if the franchise does go in a new direction. Overall, this promises a lot of exciting things to come for the galaxy far, far away, but we have to consider...
Would This Be A Good Move For The Star Wars Franchise?
Absolutely, as long as the new exploration doesn't get taken to the extreme. Star Wars is a universe, full of new, potentially awesome characters and storylines that are just waiting to be explored. If the franchise is to keep going as long as Disney intends it to, it needs to offer its audience something new and fresh with every installment. Just like Whitta explained in the interview:
"It makes sense to me that you don’t want to keep telling the same story over and over again. You want to tell new stories."
That will avoid staleness for the saga. And the concept proved to work quite well with Rogue One.
However, like I said, it shouldn't be taken to extremes. Just because the new standalone or saga films explore new storylines doesn't mean the older themes and characters should be completely left behind. There are, without a doubt, quite a few stories to get out of those original pieces. There's no reason why the franchise couldn't move to mainly exploring other themes, while still touching on older elements.
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Ultimately, it's all about finding a balance. But as Disney has shown us multiple times in the past, it knows what to do with its respective franchises, and if Rogue One and #TheForceAwakens are any indication of the quality the studio will give to its future films, there's no reason to worry about them possibly moving into (mostly) uncharted territory.
How do you feel about the Star Wars franchise exploring completely new ideas? What kind of stories would you like to see them touch on? Let me know in the comments!