Lets face it, even if you like the Prequels; there’s a whole bunch of Star Wars fans out there that hate them. It’s this segment of Star Wars fans, who felt wronged by the Prequels, that Lucasarts is working hard to court back into the fold with the Sequel Trilogy. We believe it’ll work, and Episode VII will likely be the biggest movie of all time.
Courting these jilted Star Wars fans is one reason that Lucasfilm brought Lawrence Kasdan in to work as a consultant on Episode VII and write one of the spinoff movies. They knew that having the writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark involved would go a long way to earning back the trust of those lost fans. In this interview with the LA Times Hero Complex, Kasdan explains that Episode VII won’t be like the Prequels:
“I’m trying to start fresh,” he said. “There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they’ve been missing, and we’re hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that it’s all new.”
“The ones I worked on were a long time ago, and they had a slightly different feeling than the ones that followed,” he said. “The first three, ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ are all sort of more about people than the ones that followed. ‘Empire’ appeals to people, I think, because it’s the second act of a three-act play, and everything sort of goes to hell during the movie. And when you leave, everyone is in trouble, and that is the best part of the story to write. And people responded to it. Irvin Kershner was a completely different kind of director than George, so the movie’s much darker than the first ‘Star Wars.’ It’s more edgy.”
For those of you who are worried that the new movies will be like the Prequels; rest easy.