It took about five minutes for this news to go from an announcement to total domination of Twitter.
Well, I’m not letting my hopes get very high. Despite all of the fanboy dreams that are kindled by the news, I still can’t get excited about it. Lucas did a thorough job of spoiling my enjoyment of the world he created. Adding insult to injury, Disney now forces us to acknowledge that Princess Leia has become (as my friend Hannah Notess pointed out on Facebook) a Disney princess.
But if anyone asked me for a wish list, here’s what I’d suggest.
1. A blu-ray release of the original, uncompromised, theatrical versions of the original 1977-1983 trilogy.
2. A Brad Bird-directed Star Wars film co-written with Joss Whedon. Combining these storytellers’ talents would likely reboot the Star Wars series in a way we haven’t seen since the reinvention of Battlestar Galactica.
3. Remakes of the prequels. This time we want scripts that don’t sound like rough drafts, directors that know why actors exist.
4. Don’t ever, ever reveal shocking family connections between characters again. We get it, okay? It’s a small world, after all.
I’ll add to this list as the news sinks in.