A Letter to Star Wars From My Childhood Self
When Disney received the rights to the Star Wars franchise, it was as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. The announcement of the next three installments prompted certain fear in the hearts of fans everywhere. Naturally, some of us rationalized that it would be impossible to release a bigger blunder than The Phantom Menace. Sadly, after J.J. Abrams was announced director for Episode VII, many were just relieved that it wasn’t given to Michael Bay. Some fans even became hopeful, until now.
Yesterday afternoon, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed rumors that the company is working on two “stand alone” Star Wars films about various characters in the Star Wars Universe. Igor also mentioned that Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Empire Strikes Back), and Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men films) are already working on them.
These films will not be a part of the chronological stream of franchise movies, but instead will focus on one character from a biographical standpoint. Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to announce which characters will be featured in the spinoff films.
The original news of the Disney-Lucasfilm absorb had a silver lining. George Lucas has received fanboy criticism and denouncement over the years, due to his reimagining of the franchise. He was largely criticized for glossing over the original Trilogy, with Special Edition “touch-ups” – not to mention – the introduction of nonsensical characters and biological explanations of The Force, which were added in the most recent installments. So here it was, a prospective new writing team that represented a chance for fan reparations (a new hope, if you will). Now lifelong fans will watch the cinematic exploitation of classic characters, resulting in the retroactive destruction of their entire childhood.
With proper rationalization and emotional detachment tactics, one can accept the existence of Episodes I-III. The campy portrayal of characters and colorful effects piqued the interest of an entirely new, younger generation. Star Wars is an indisputable pop-culture cornerstone, one toting deeply rooted emotional connections with fans. As a fan, I can gladly sacrifice a percentage of personal satisfaction with the franchise if it maintains cultural importance to future generations. However, existing characters should not be tampered with. The very characters fans have related to and admired during childhood are sacred ground. A terribly done, biographical film could ruin it for us. That’s why I am submitting a letter to Disney Lucasfilm from a long time ago…
Dear Star Wars,
I am just writing to say that Boba Fett is cool. Green lightsabers are also very awesome, and look like fun and I wish they were real. I have a bunch of Star Wars toys and I play with them every single day. I wrote a Star Wars book in class and people thought it was bad, but people who like Star Wars thought it was good. Keep up the great work.
Okay, even though that was an incredibly irrelevant “letter from the past,” it has a point: Don’t mess with childhood memories.