Star Wars: 5 problems of the saga

Disney is in trouble with Star Wars. They have been very successful, but also great obstacles, and the situation today is not exactly easy. It’s been nearly three years since the last movie hit theaters and we still don’t have details on what’s next. Today, if Star Wars continues to cause a sensation, it is thanks to series like The Mandalorian. But how did Disney get there and what is its new strategy? Here are 5 things to know about Star Wars problems.

Summary

  • Post-apo postlogies
  • Where are the movies?
  • What works too well
  • A new hope
  • What about the games?

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Post-apo postlogies

Star Wars is primarily a cinematic license, films are forerunners in many technical and artistic fields. At first the project looked like a children’s film on set, but in the 1970s Georges Lucas created a giant that revolutionized the relationship with special effects, sound and music. You have to imagine that 45 years ago, we made a robot talk just for beeps, and if we wanted trolls, I’d say it has more charisma than some of the main characters! But today, when it comes to Star Wars movies … Get ready to pull out your boxing gloves, because postlogy is synonymous with combat. There are many reasons why we have come to this, but the result for the public is disastrous.

Among those who hate episode 8, those who defend it as he defended his own son, those who absolutely hate the whole postlogy … In short, when it came out, poor episode 9 didn’t have a single chance. And let’s be honest, it wasn’t without flaws. However, when Disney bought the Star Wars license in 2012, it proudly announced a new trilogy, with one film every two years, and between each film, a spin-off for cinema too. So one movie a year, crazy ambition, which is most of the problem by the way. They certainly did not expect to find themselves, 10 years later, with a postology that created so many problems. Their goal was certainly to create an extended universe around this postlogy. They started with books, Battlefront 2’s single player mode, and Star Wars Resistance, an average animated series. And since then, it has been an interstellar vacuum, or nearly so.


Where are the movies?

For the moment we only know that the former CEO of Disney had declared, 4 years ago, that the company would be careful in the future on the number of films and the timing, we must admit that they have kept their word since then. Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron film is known to be released in 2023, but production has been postponed; and two more films are slated for release, in 2025 and 2027. The plan is to release an Avatar or Star Wars movie every year. But these future films are very mysterious. We don’t know if we’re talking about a trilogy with Squadrons. We don’t really know where the project of Taika Waititi, the director of Thor Ragnarok, is. We don’t really know what Ryan Johnson, the director of episode 8, is doing, who is supposed to do a trilogy. With Benioff and Weiss, the creators of the Game of Thrones series, newly recruited, there are many projects that seem to have stopped, or even canceled altogether.

So should we be worried? Yes and no. There seem to be continuing issues of art controversy rejecting films, but at the same time it is precisely haste that is the root of all problems with Disney-era films. Remember Solo, the unloved spin-off, which brings together two radically different visions into one film, for one result … Well, let’s just say it was interesting, that there were good things, but that the film was damn disconnected. So, we want to tell Disney to take its time. The good news is that they can afford it, since Star Wars survives through another medium.


What works too well

We talked about Disney’s original plan, which is to make a trilogy and spin-off films, the famous A Star Wars Story. Rogue One is the perfect example. The film has its flaws, but it was well received. Only on the other hand was it a nightmare. As a result, Obi-Wan’s film, which had been rumored for years, was canceled … Fortunately, the project still existed and was adapted into a Disney + series. The great Star Wars hit of recent years can be found on Disney +. The Mandalorian has become the licensing darling, and almost manages to get everyone to agree. Once again, Star Wars became such a sensitive subject after postlogia, that having a successful Star Wars series was unexpected. The REAL first live series of the license did not disappoint, quite the opposite.

And suddenly just to tell you that the Mandoverse has disappeared, as we have already been entitled to the Book of Boba. Filming for the Ahsoka Tano series has finally begun and appears to be related to Star Wars Rebels and Bad Batch, the animated series. This is a real problem for Disney, because when you have great movies in theaters and series on Disney +, you have to have the general public on board with postlogia. The series are more aimed at fans, as was already the case with Clone Wars. Today we have the opposite right. When we look at new gadgets, toys, or stuffed animals, we see a lot more Grogu than BB-8. So we have two main points for Star Wars: the postlogia they are abandoning and a Mandoverse that works better than expected and that they will benefit from, but to what extent? While waiting to find out, a third way seems to be open to them.


A new hope

When you’re Disney today, you can’t tell a story in any timeline. We understand that they avoid postlogia and that they don’t seem ready to go further in the future. The original trilogy still works, we saw it with the success of Rogue One. The Obi-Wan and Andor series coming out this year also prove it. But you have to be careful because they touch a part of the universe that is already very sanctified, with heroes that shouldn’t be brought out anyway. That’s why Disney ranks just before this trilogy, to illustrate the rise of the Empire and the early Rebels.

The recent surprise is the resurgence of the popularity of prelogy. Criticized in the 2000s, both because the children of that time grew up, and as a result of the comparison with the unappreciated postlogia, his sympathy score increased. And Disney in the 2010s completely ignored the prequel, but it’s starting to change, with references in more recent versions.

In short, Star Wars is a universe full of possibilities, but the existing markers begin to freeze. This is why it was necessary to launch a new timeline, and it is the High Republic that does this work. And for once we find some of the idea of ​​cross-media that purists were able to experiment with Shadow of the Empire in the 90s. It started with books and comics, but not only: we have Star Wars manga and it doesn’t happen often, but even audio books. We believe the ambition around this High Republic is accelerating, with The Acolyte series, which is expected to be 8 episodes and be released on Disney +. The story should revolve around the dark side.

So finally to dodge the postlogy and the old trilogies, Star Wars creates other periods, a bit like the MMO The Old Republic continues to do, following the excellent KOTOR. I have no doubt that the High Republic will enjoy making references to the future as we know it, but at least it gives a refreshing view of the license.


What about the games?

We are in the JV, it would still be silly not to mention the games. We were talking about it right now with KOTOR, sometimes it’s the video game that creates interesting new timelines to exploit. And then, let’s start with him! KOTOR will have a remake in 2023 and we can hope that the Old Republic period is entitled to more projects later. Star Wars Hunters is also special. It is an arena game that does not really aim to have an in-depth scenario, scheduled for this year on smartphones and Switches. But the other projects begin to pile up.

We already have Jedi: Fallen Order 2. We mentioned earlier that the period between the prelogy and the original trilogy is full to the brim, and this game series adds that little bit more. We should have news very soon, in late May 2022, for a release in 2023. Jedi Cal Kestis is still a Jedi survivor of the purge, it’s pretty close to what Obi-Wan eventually saw, except that doesn’t babysit in the wilderness. We find a universe close to the Star Wars Rebels animated series, specifically with Inquisitors hunting down the Jedi.

Quantic Dream, the developers of Detroit: Become Human, have announced Star Wars Eclipse. Analysts say it won’t be released until 2027. So I don’t know whether to be that pessimistic, but it’s clearly an ambitious project. It will therefore take place in the Alta Repubblica, and is the first game clearly planned for this period, demonstrating that this phase wants to become a licensing hot spot in the coming years, taking the time to fix things and not repeat the mistakes of postlogia.

Finally, two more projects are announced: a strategy game from former developers who worked on XCom and Civilization. The other project is even more vague. It would be an open world created by Ubisoft. Where, when, how, we don’t know. But we have been promised a great adventure.

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