7 ways Disney can fix Star Wars
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No comic relief
Jar Jar Binks was there to make fart jokes and provide slapstick comedy. R2-D2 was beating droids by having them slip on oil he shot out. Natalie Portman and Hayden Christiansen were attempting to act. These are the ways in which Episodes I through III tried to provide comedy and failed.
The original trilogy didn’t have characters specifically there for comedy. The funny lines or moments were shared by the entire cast. There was nothing in the script meant to induce laughter; it just happened naturally. Either the actors delivered it a certain way or something was just so awesome in the heat of the moment that it had comedic value to it. We didn’t need someone’s face going numb after getting caught in a Pod Racer beam.
Disney needs to get Star Wars away from comedic roles, and instead have a witty, well-written script provide the laughs organically.
Get your sh*t together in marketing
This one needs some explaining. I liked Disney’s John Carter. What I didn’t like is how they marketed it. Even though it was a fun movie, no one gave it a chance, and that’s on Disney. Star Wars won’t have the problem of being unknown like John Carter was, but it does face numerous hurdles that marketing can help overcome.
First off, people are going to be pessimistic about new Star Wars movies, especially after the last three. Marketing, if done right, can help fans see that they won’t get “Lucas tunnel-vision” and continue to destroy the legacy of Star Wars. Secondly, marketing is going to play a big role in how the movie is perceived and what audience it is intended for. The script will have to walk a fine line of providing what fans of the original trilogy feel they deserve all while introducing Star Wars to a younger generation.
It won’t be easy, but marketing will play a crucial role.
Don’t let George Lucas anywhere near a script
For all that is holy in the world, don’t let George Lucas anywhere near a script. Don’t let him near the script writers. Hell, don’t even let him in the same building as where they’re writing the script for Episode VII. I love George Lucas for what he gave us with the original trilogy, but I hate him for what he’s done to it.
There are people out there that can revive Star Wars and make it great. J.J. Abrams did it with Star Trek, effectively re-casting the original crew of the Enterprise to perfection. New sci-fi shows and stories pop up all the time that blow people’s minds. Joss Whedon had a cult hit with Firefly and would probably do an amazing job with Star Wars.
The point is: a fresh perspective on the Star Wars universe is needed. George Lucas is too attached to it to be objective anymore. So give him a title like “creative consultant” and let other people handle the details.
Don’t make it just about Jedi
Episodes I, II and III were Jedi overload. It was just lightsabers everywhere. I understand that a trilogy about how we get from Anakin to Darth Vader would have more Jedi than usual, but outside of Jar Jar, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Padme, there were no characters of note that didn’t use a lightsaber.
The original trilogy features only three characters that used lightsabers: Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. The story was driven by non-Jedi. Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett are among the most popular Star Wars characters. The Jedi and the Force seemed a lot cooler and more special when we didn’t see it every scene. When everyone wields a lightsaber, it kind of loses its mystique.
Star Wars needs to get back to its roots. Get back to characters and get away from huge lightsaber battles. In other words, we need more blasters. Han Solo didn’t need a lightsaber. “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
I'm holding out that Disney taking over Star Wars is a good thing. They've done nothing to make me think that they can't provide the means to make Star Wars movies great again. Re-casting iconic roles would be mighty difficult, so it's better to go with a new story. Return Star Wars to its roots. Disney can do it. They've done it before. Oh, and one last request: make sure one of Nathan Fillion or Joseph Gordon-Levitt are in it.