Let’s be honest, no one seems to be interested in discussing anything this week other than Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the announcement of a new Star Wars movie. Fans continue to debate whether the news is ultimately a good thing, but I think most of us can at least agree that Star Wars was in dire need of some new blood and a different approach. The thought of a different director taking on the next movie is intriguing to say the least, but who would Disney trust with such a valuable property? More importantly, who would be willing to put their reputation on the line and take over one of the most beloved franchises of all time?
Some of the obvious choices being floated around the web include Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon, but it seems much more likely that they would hand it off to a talented newcomer (think Joseph Kosinski with Tron: Legacy). Sources are saying that the next movie will be an original story and that it will not draw from any of the existing Star Wars novels, which would obviously allow for some creative freedom, but many fans are calling for a straight up adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy. What would you like to see in a new Star Wars movie? Are you disappointed that they might not adapt any of the novels? Who would you like to see direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.