This isn’t the Episode VII promised by Disney but something extra, suggesting they’re going to explore the “Star Wars” universe beyond the linear Obi-Wan/Anakin/Luke plot line. No surprise — when you’ve just bought Hollywood’s biggest cash cow, you’re going to want to milk it — but I’m still ambivalent. If they use generic Jedi characters then it could be that all you’re watching is a movie you’ve already seen except with lightsabers, which feels more like “Star Wars” licensing than a true “Star Wars movie.” If they use Obi-Wan et al. then the characters you’re familiar with risk losing some of their integrity, as if they’re just, er, action figures being made to act out whatever classic plot the studio thought would be neat to remake. Coming soon: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” starring Han, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca?
Well first, Star Wars: A New Hope, was based loosely on the Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress. Also his reference to “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” seems a bit silly, as its predecessor, “A Fistfull of Dollars” was a direct Kurosawa remake, matching down to the dialog and scene-for-scene.
Still I’m not terribly excited about yet ANOTHER “Seven Samurai” remake, as its been done to death. When the Pixar film “A Bug’s Life” is a “Seven Samurai” Remake, the story has been done to death!
Still the Jedi as envisioned by Lucas have always been a sci-fi take on the feudal Samurai of Japan….Still if they’re going to do a re-make story, “Tsubaki Sanjūrō” could use a fresh remake.