Friday, August 9, 2013
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ going back to the basics
“Star Wars: Episode VII” producer, Kathleen Kennedy, indicates that the next chapter will resurrect some former story lines, characters and practical effects.
This news is exciting as those film-making elements were missing from the “Star Wars” prequels. Those movies overused CGI, had underdeveloped characters and wooden performances that ultimately destroyed two of the three films.
What George Lucas failed to realize with the prequels was that special effects were not what made the “Star Wars” brand. That is something that the team behind “Star Wars: Episode VII” seems to grasp.
The original “Star Wars” trilogy was great because it took advantage of filming on location and only used special effects to enhance the brand.
“Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects, that’s something we’re looking very seriously at,” Kennedy says
The films also took risks with the storylines. There were character and plot twists in the original films that were noticably absent in the prequels.
“And if you don’t spend the time you need on developing characters, and finding stories — complicated stories — the audience gets tired because they think they’re seeing the same thing again and again,” Kennedy empasizes.
It seems like Kennedy has her head on straight and can return this franchise to the basics.
Now, the next news I would like to hear, like everyone else, is what story are they doing? Will they do a something from the expanded universe or are they creating an original story?
I hope that with anything they do, they remain true to the spirit of the original trilogy.