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The web has been inundated over the last few weeks on what might become of the new 'Star Wars' movies; who's interested in starring, who's not interested in directing, etc. This is of course all a function of Disney's recent acquisition of Lucasfilm. In many ways, it's been a bit tiresome, but as a diehard fan of the original trilogy, I can't help but get caught up in the fervor and speculation. This latest piece of news comes straight from Kathleen Kennedy, newly appointed head of Lucasfilm. We had been hearing that the Disney/Lucasfilm conglomerate were looking to release multiple new 'Star Wars' films, the first to be released in 2015. Now it appears that their plan is even more ambitious than that. According to Kennedy, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, their aim is to produce "two or three films" a year. Considering that there has always been a three-year gap from movie to movie (both in the originals and in the prequels), this would be a monumental increase in output.
But is that a good thing? I'll admit to falling under the umbrella of the tawdry fanboy label, and that can often make it difficult to remain objective. So yeah, on the one hand, it's exciting to think that there are that many 'Star Wars' films are in our future, if only because it expands the number of story avenues that could be explored as well as lengthens the list of directing talent that can leave their stamp on this iconic franchise. The 'Star Wars' universe can be as massive and sprawling as the filmmakers can imagine, and the preponderance of new films would allow for a host of differing visual styles and tones to be applied to that universe. On the other hand, this crank-out-as-many-as-possible mentality could not be more dangerous for this series. Why is the goal to flood theaters with as many films as possible, and why is that approach being adopted before the first film in the new franchise is even released? Slow down, take your time, and make something great. It almost sounds like they're saying, "let's throw everything at the wall and see what sticks," and that is alarming. My one hope here is that she actually means that they'll produce multiple movies in one year, but then release them over time. Even that still suggests an overly-rushed plan, but it's at least somewhat more reasonable.
What do you guys think? Does the prospect of multiple 'Star Wars' films in a given year excite or worry you?