This has been a great year for Star Wars fans. With the announcement of Disney’s purchase of the franchise came the announcement of three more movies! I can’t tell you how excited I am to know that I can experience the thrill of watching a new Star Wars movie in the theater once again. So, why are Star Wars fans so excited? I mean we have the Clone Wars, the 3D releases, and a never ending supply of Star Wars merchandise. What will these new movies bring to an old franchise?
As much as I love the Clone Wars (and I do), watching the Clone Wars isn’t the same as seeing a movie at the theater. Clone Wars has helped to fill in the gaps that Episode II and III did not cover. However, it deals once again with the Prequels. Since the release of the Prequels, we have gotten nothing but the Prequels and that’s fine. Returning to the Originals will breathe new life into this franchise. Those who witnessed the Originals when they were first released will enjoy seeing the same story line again.
When The Phantom Menace was released in 3D, I was excited, and I had a great time watching it again at the theaters. The 3D movies are fun, but the announcement of three new movies has Star Wars fans forgetting the 3Ds and focusing on any information on the new movies. Let’s face it, not everyone enjoys watching a movie in 3D. As fun as it was to watch the movie in the theaters, in reality, it’s not nearly as fun as watching a NEW Star Wars movie in the theaters. Remember the thrill of finding out bits of information concerning The Phantom Menace movies? I remember how I would search the internet back in the ‘90s trying to find any information about The Phantom Menace and cutting articles out of the newspaper and magazines. Good times.
Lastly, Star Wars merchandise has continued to be created since the ‘70s. Sure, it has had its ups and downs over the years, but Star Wars merchandise has continued to be a favorite of collectors. For collectors, the announcement of the new movies will bring new action figures, posters, and cereal boxes. There will be new characters to collect and sell. These new movies will secure Star Wars merchandise for many years to come.
For me the upcoming movies will not only attract younger viewers, but will also introduce them to the Original characters. If the rumors are true, they will be introduced to Leia, Luke, and maybe Han. They will see another side of Star Wars other than the Prequels. Older fans of Star Wars will experience their beloved characters all over again. There is a lot of exciting stuff ahead for us, and I am so excited to be experiencing it.
May the Force be with You!
Written By: Kristy Trowbridge