So much material has come out since Jedi’s release back in 1983. I was 9 when it came out. I remember it being an ‘all day’ event. Arriving at the old-pre megaplex-single screen days-theater at around 10 in the morning. I met about with about 5 friends and we waited until, I believe the 6 o’clock show. It was the next available showing and so we took turns standing in line, with half of us keeping our place in line while the other half spent countless quarters at the arcade nearby. What an experience that was. I don’t remember much on going to see Empire because I was 3 years younger and did not see it opening night. I mention this because like a lot of you, I have grown up with Star Wars. Since then I have played almost every Star Wars video game, from the old Atari 2600 to current system games (still waiting for a Mac port of The Old Republic). George Lucas’ space opera has been carefully woven in to the fabric of my life. I, like most, have both enjoyed and suffered through the saga’s vast expanded universe and prequels through the years. I remember reading a news article in the early 90’s about how Lucas was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “Hidden Fortress” and thus beginning my journey into Japanese samurai flicks, in which to this day I am a huge aficionado of.
Now lets discuss the prequels. While I have my issues with them (and there are many), I bare no anger or hard feelings towards Mr. Lucas. Yes I friggin’ hate Jar Jar like the most of us. I didn’t agree with making “The Force” all about science (READ: midichlorians). That, for me, really diluted the whole Tibetan Buddhist interpretation of the Force. Hayden Christensen seemed to never really find his characters’ motivation as he felt, to me, more perplexed out of character than in character. Even Natalie Portman, who I think is an excellent actress, I had some issues with. But all things said, the only thing I blame George Lucas for is raising the bar so goddamned high with the original films that nothing else, whether by his own hands or not, could ever come close to. It’s like we’re so over protective of the fond memories of Episodes IV,V, and VII that we give nothing else a chance. Because nothing else compares.
So now am I excited about the announcement of Episode VII or not? When I first got the news alert on my iPhone my heart fluttered for a few seconds. I felt little butterflies dancing around in my stomach but quickly those butterflies turned to lead as I felt a heaviness in my bowels like right when you feel the urge to blow chunks out your ass. My excitement turned to dread. But you what? I have, since then, have regained hope that all will be well. Mark Hamill is in the news again so that’s a good sign. He NEEDS to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. No one else can do it and Luke needs to be in the story. We need closure to the series George. This is your opportunity to deliver and deliver in spades. Cast Mark, Carrie and Harrison…They won’t refuse. Well, maybe Carrie will than just kill her off in the opening credit crawl. The Thrawn trilogy should be the backbone of the story. Of course, the twins would have to have been born yet because Carrie and Harrison are a bit too old to be new parents. Another scenario would be to do what Disney did with Jeff Bridges in TRON Legacy and make him look younger for his CLU part via CGI. Hey and while we’re at it, how about an animated Episode VII 1/2: Shadows of the Empire?
Oh and…If any powers that be need a suggestion on who to get as a director….pick me….pick me.. While you may not know me. I am the great director that has yet to direct. Where’s my experience? Well..Don’t have much Except I have, in my mind, directed my very own Episode VII since I walked out of the theater back in ’83. I would give just about anything to have the opportunity to finish it. And I know I am not alone!
– Orlando G Acosta