Between Megan’s review and my own thoughts, it seems the fangirls enjoyed the first Jedi Youngling episode. Wednesday night I joined Jason, Jimmy Mac, and Big Honkin’ Steve on the ForceCast Clone Wars Roundtable to discuss “The Gathering.” The first half hour we discussed the ramifications of the Disney deal and how it might have affected The Clone Wars. The back half hour we dissected the episode. My favorite analysis came from Steve when he called “The Gathering” Mortis-light.
Near the end, Jason asked me – as the girl who said Luke Skywalker Must Die – about my thoughts on Luke’s fate in the Sequel Trilogy. I think it’s too early to say, but really the sentiment of that post was my hope to see George Lucas’ vision return to the storytelling. In that regard, The Clone Wars specifically has renewed my faith that whatever happens in the Sequel Trilogy, it will be in the vein of the Star Wars that captivated my imagination a long time ago.
On the heels of the news from Vulture that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, Catching Fire) had written the treatment for the Sequels, StarWars.com has released the next video with Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas. More promising signs for Star Wars as far as I see it.
The choice of Arndt to pen a treatment makes perfect sense, given both his prestige as a screenwriter and his close relationship with Disney’s equally secretive Pixar — he’s the screenwriter of the cheekily titled Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind for Up director Pete Docter, currently in preproduction — but there’s one more reason still that Arndt would be so appealing to Disney and Lucasfilm: He’s a Star Wars expert.
From Kathleen Kennedy:
“The incredible thing about George is, this is not like a series of books like Harry Potter, where you’ve already got a template of what the stories might be. These are original stories and original ideas that come out of a world that essentially in is George’s head. So the beauty of the collaboration that can continue, is that as we’re working our way through these scripts, if we’re sitting and saying, hmm, I wonder if this character can do that, or does this make sense within the rules of Star Wars, that really he’s the keeper of the flame when it comes to that.”
Last night I laid out some of the key points in the timeline leading up to the confirmation from Lucasfilm that Arndt is the Episode VII screenwriter.
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and for Star Wars Insider magazine.
In her spare time, Tricia puts the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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