The Star Wars franchise began in 1977 with A New Hope. Over its almost 40-year legacy, there’s been only 6 official live action films. 40 years of inexhaustible popularity built on only 6 films? That’s perhaps why Disney sees what an opportunity this presents, releasing later this year the first of many new Star Wars films, and cashing in on that undying thirst.
But they have to keep the fans happy, else those fans move away from the franchise and rally behind something else, or just get sour on the whole thing altogether.
Judging by the trailer, I can tell they are working hard on not taking any missteps. These already look better and more congruent than the Star Wars trilogy from the late 1990s and 2000s.
As long as it doesn’t cause another reaction like this it should be alright:
Right away the new trailer looks like the type of film that would naturally come sometime after 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It doesn’t try to be too futuristic and exploit all special effects currently known to man like the prequel films chose to do.
The art direction and production design accurately represents a period of time likely to follow Jedi, despite the 32-year time gap. An appearance by Harrison Ford only enhances the effect, and gives Star Wars fans that feeling that this will be something familiar.
A lot of that also has to do with the new film not relying so heavily on computer graphics. Most of the stuff you see had to be built in the real world. Let this Star Wars and all future ones be like this. Save the computer graphics for the cheesy movies with no class.
Hopefully we’ll see someone like Yoda show up sometime soon. I’m hoping even Mace Windu comes back, somehow.