question of the day: What Star Wars stories do you want to see in Episodes VII, VIII, and IX?

Mark Hamill Star Wars Return of the Jedi

As we’re getting used to a world in which George Lucas no longer controls Star Wars and yet, Disney promises, we are assured at least three more Star Wars films, our thoughts must inevitably turn to what those three films might be about. From The Wrap:

The stories for “Star Wars” episodes seven, eight and nine, which George Lucas has outlined and the Walt Disney Company will produce and release, are “the most exciting” in the series, the filmmaker’s biographer told TheWrap on Wednesday.

While researching his book, Dale Pollock, author of the unauthorized Lucas biography, “Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas,” was allowed to read the outlines to the 12 stories written by the filmmaker but was required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

“It was originally a 12-part saga,” Pollock told TheWrap. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’”

Other sources (including E!) say that Episode VII will be an original story… that is, nothing that’s been seen already in any of the myriad novels, comic books, animated spinoffs, video games, and so on.

So: What Star Wars stories do you want to see in Episodes VII, VIII, and IX? It doesn’t matter how familiar, or not, you are with all those ancillary Star Wars — I myself know next to nothing about them — so don’t worry about adhering to these rumors (which will probably turn out to be false anyway). Just have fun with it.

Some speculation has it that the next films will revolve around an older Luke Skywalker, but I’m not so sure that’s a great idea. Luke has already had the adventure of his life: Could anything possibly be more dramatic or have a more profound impact on his life than taking down a galactic empire? I’d love to see a story about someone else — maybe a woman! — having the adventure of her lifetime in the newly balkanized galaxy. For surely the Empire held things together and brought a degree of connection and civilization to a lot of farflung places, and surely in the collapse of the Empire there will be chaos and lawlessness in many places. In this new galaxy, surely the likes of Han Solo will flourish, at least for a while. Surely some people were perfectly happy under the Empire and are now unhappy with the new government. The possibilities are enormous… as long as the storytellers don’t get stuck in the trap of limiting their options to the characters we’ve already met.

What do you think?

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