I’m going to have to start working my way though the Star Wars dual trilogies again. The “saga of Darth Vader,” if you will: six movies that trace young Vader from pod-prodigy to death, almost exactly like Steve Jobs, if Steve Jobs was killed by Force Lightning.
Because we’re winding up to go back to the Star Wars universe with director JJ Abrams come 2015 and we might not know exactly who is going to be in it, though we do know a lot about who wants to be in it. Which is also to say that we know almost nothing about what is going to be in Star Wars VII. Even if the more out-there rumors end up being true and there really is half a Millennium Falcon on a sound stage somewhere, we don’t know that’s not part of some huge marketing campaign. This is Disney, now, after all, and the previous prequel trilogy was marketed out the wazoo on everything from television to soft drink cups.
Abrams talked to EW in this current fog of non-information to talk about what is important to him as he approaches Episode VII, claiming:
“It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
Already much has been made in the pre-production efforts of this new film and its new trilogy being more reliant on practical effects than the majority-artificial first trilogy, and it looks like we’re still holding steady on that trajectory.
Though the cognitive dissonance of “real fairy tale” is basically the Marvel model, we’ll stick with it, at least until we get some idea on what this movie is going to be about.