The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a mere seven months away and is guaranteed to be one of the hottest movies of the year. The fact that it’s been a decade since the last Star Wars live action movie came out make it more so.
With Disney at the helm, after having acquired Lucasfilm three years ago, the company has now looked towards making Star Wars part of a shared universe of sorts. This would be due to a new trilogy of Star Wars movies coming, including some extra spin off movies in development right now.
The idea of a shared universe comes from Disney implementing the Marvel Cinematic Universe into theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron being the latest installment of this. Director J.J. Abrams is mainly on board with this, and has recently stated that The Force Awakens will only include “essential” references to the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. He added that there were tons of references but they were taken out of fear that audiences would think the staff was trying too hard to establish the movie.
All of this is notable considering that the prequel trilogy, created by George Lucas, was laced with mixed reactions by moviegoers, and now fans are somewhat hopeful that Abrams can do a good job this time.
Thanks to Sergio Cortes for showing me this.