Recent internet talk says the Millenium Falcon plays a “big role” in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII relaunch.
Further rumors whisper that the famous space saloon from the original Star Wars is being recreated for same.
I’m all for revisiting characters from the prime SW trilogy – it’s a sequel, after all – but isn’t this overly self-referential stuff a part of what made the prequels so awful?
I did a stud video about this for my YouTube channel; watch it below and then below that, my ideas for what should be done with the Falcon and Tatooine going forward.
If you didn’t get it from the above, the baseline concept is that I want new ideas, new concepts, and new exploration of what feels like the smallest fictional galaxy in existence.
As such, how about if we simply show a huge part of the Falcon lying in a scrap heap with a bunch of other old ships and wreckages and debris? How did it get destroyed?
We don’t know, and it’s not a plot point, and it’s never mentioned.
For Tatooine, let’s get even cooler. Have someone mention that it was quarantined years ago. Again, not a plot point, we don’t go there, etc.
It’s just an off-hand comment, ala the Clone Wars in Episode IV. (Before George Lucas decided to make the Clone Wars the most pivotal event in the personal and professional histories of the galaxy.)
Therein launches the coolest round of mystery, speculation, and fan fiction since forever.
As I said above, less is more. You’ve got one of the biggest entertainment brands in history – anything you do is going to be successful, so why not create all-new stuff?
Doesn’t a grumpy old Han Solo grumping it up as he pilots the kind of shiny new ship the kids use today sound a lot more fun than remixing our favorite lines from 30 years ago?
(Please note that just this morning, Warner Brothers announced that they’re making new Harry Potter movies, without using Harry Potter himself.)