By David Mayne
Episode 7, 8, and 9 anyone? Yep!
Hollywood executives, film critics, fanboys, and film buffs the world-round were ablaze last night at the International Science Fiction Association Awards Dinner in Sydney, Australia, when Directors George Lucas and James Cameron took the stage and made some pretty vague, yet direct references to the return of one of the most beloved franchises ever. As the lights dimmed and the unmistakable sound of lightsabers turned on, the entire ballroom was set aglow with red and green light. A dark and moody melody slowly rose from the orchestra pit, eerily reminiscent of the original Star Wars Imperial anthem, yet different enough to be hauntingly original and foreboding. As the orchestra rose from the pit, helmed by an unprecidented TWO conductors, famed composers Danny Elfman and John Williams, Lucas and Cameron joined each other on the dimly lit stage and waited for the dark melody to fade and the lights to rise.
Lucas: “Our generation had it’s legend. Our journey had a first step. And my saga had it’s beginning. Now…this great and epic journey needs to have an end.”
Cameron: “With great hope comes great responsibility, and I will ensure that at last the mighty Galactic Empire sees its revenge, and that the New Republic and it’s Jedi protectors rise once again!”
Lucas: “There are three more tales to tell, and…Mr. Cameron…the force is strong with you.”
The entire room exploded into ear-splitting applause as the original Star Wars theme pounded across the ballroom as a standing ovation began to take shape. As the light once again dimmed and the two filmmakers exited the stage, the night never quite got back to normal, with the amazing news of a planned Episode 7, 8, and 9 continuing to linger on everyone’s minds! With a brilliant director such as James Cameron (director of such blockbuster films as Avatar, Titanic, and Terminator 2) at the wheel of a new Star Wars trilogy, one can only hold their breath in agonizing torture to see just how Cameron’s dark vision for a new take on an old world will come to play out. No one we talked to seems to show any doubt or concern over the new leadership change, and with Lucas writing all three scripts and Cameron directing, only amazing things can be on the horizon! In an interview after the awards ceremony, both directors stated that they would remain tight-lipped, for now, on any possible new movie, instead saying the following:
Cameron: “…as far as Star Wars goes, George has always known that their needed to be an Episode 7, 8, and 9.”
Lucas: “Most people assume that when Darth Vader killed the Emperor in ‘Jedi, and died himself, that the story is over and everything goes back to normal. That’s simply not true. The entire Galactic Empire is still out there, aside from a half-finished Death Star and a few Star Destroyers. You’re talking about the biggest and baddest military force the Galaxy has ever seen. They are not going to be simply wiped out because of a few broken eggs. There are still incredibly capable and powerful Generals and Admirals in the Imperial Navy that are ready and willing to make life difficult for the fledgling New Republic. The rebels are not out of the woods…not by a long shot.”
Cameron: “…and that is where, someday, we will go with it.”
Will they reunite Hamill, Ford, and Fisher? There are simply too many questions at this point to make any assumptions. Cameron is planning a complete press conference this summer to talk about what just might be the biggest film event of the decade. Stay tuned for updates!