My standards for a third Star Wars trilogy

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm and is planning to film a third trilogy of films, and if you know anything about the Star Wars fanbase, you know about the sort of reactions they’re likely to have about this.

I’m not going to moan about how Disney owning Lucasfilm inevitably means that we’re going to get three incredibly kiddified films or anything like that. No, what I have to say is more meta.

If Disney is making a third trilogy as a cheap cash-in, because they’re thinking “hey, we can make Star Wars movies now, that’s like printing money”? Then there is no way in hell it should happen.

If Disney wants to make a third trilogy, it had better be in keeping with the themes and overall arc of the first six movies, and considering how much extraneous material there is around Star Wars, it had better be deserving of the title of Star Wars film. And say what you will about the direction of the prequels, but George Lucas should be around in at least the sort of role he had for The Empire Strikes Back. Anything less is glorified fanfic.

Because say what you will about the prequels, I’d much prefer them to a sequel trilogy with no reason to exist.

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