Disney Considering Going The Route of Harry Potter With Episode IX
In a world full of storytelling, cutting the story short is a big no-no. Fans want to see, read, feel, the entire experience, especially when it comes to their favorite things. When translating a book, for example, to the big screen, if you don’t put enough of the story into the movie, you disappoint and anger fans. If you “format” the book to “fit” the big screen, you’re likely forced to make changes, and if you change the story…you’re in for a whirlwind of hate and backlash. (See Eragon..poorly translated from book to film). And in the likes of Star Wars, you either get it “right”, or you’ll never hear the end of it.
With that being said, current rumors circulating suggest that Disney is considering splitting “Episode IX” into two movies, a la the last installment of the Harry Potter series. With that last book being translated to the big screen there was so much they wanted to tell, and I’m sure Potter fans are just as passionate about their beloved wizard as we are about our lightsabers and force powers, that making the last installment two movies was the right course of action. Star Wars is such an expansive universe, that even though most of the movies surpass the 2 hour mark, is that really enough time to tell stories of such magnitude?
So the “chatter” from fans, not surprising at all, surrounds the ongoing discussion of “The Last Jedi”. While we have heard the non-stop whining and hatred from manbabies and jaded fans alike, suggestions are arising that possibly splitting the next installment in the saga could do a lot to fix some things. (Personally, you don’t need to fix what ain’t broke. And yes, I’m sure I’ll get earfuls about those comments). But I digress….the talk amongst some fans is that if you split Episode IX into two movies, it gives them the chance with the first part, to “fix what the Last Jedi screwed up”, and then the second part to close out the Skywalker saga with a well thought out and expanded story.
I think splitting the final trilogy installment into two parts is a brilliant idea. Not because I think TLJ needs to be fixed, but because it would give Abrams a chance to really delve deep into the story and give us an epic closure to the greatest story in the universe. Two movies allows for so much to be told, to really expand into the lives of the characters and their journeys, to give us what we deserve…a well written, honest, expansive depiction of the ending of an era. With all likelihood that this is the last that we will see of the Skywalker story line, what better way to close it out then to give Abrams the chance to really give us an epic send off.
With all that, even if it is only a single movie, not two feature length installments, we should still be getting a great movie at the hands of J.J. Abrams. Obviously no matter how it plays out, there are going to be those out there that just can not ever be made happy. But with these stories ending, new ones are beginning. (And we also have Jon Favreau’s exciting television series to look forward too). The new trilogies are expected to expand outside the Skywalker saga, giving us a chance to see parts of the Star Wars universe we’ve only been able to read about in books, or comics, or just imagine. It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. So whether the next installment is one or two movies, it really doesn’t matter…the galaxy far, far away, is expanding into uncharted territory…enjoy the ride. And as always…
May The Force Be With You!