With the recent news that J.J. Abrams will be directing a new Star Wars movie, there has been a lot of debate over whether or not he can do justice to the original trilogy. Some have expressed confidence in the fact that his film will at least be an improvement on the prequels. While that does seem to be within reach, in a way the prequels themselves prove just how foolhardy this undertaking really is. Everyone assumes that George Lucas is the reason Episodes 1-3 failed to live up to expectations, but what if recreating the magic of a classic movie franchise decades later is simply impossible? Nostalgia’s a bitch.
As we see more and more old franchises being brought back out of the vault and re-introduced to a new generation, the question is always whether to create a reboot or sequel. Fans seem to prefer sequels, but how often does that really pan out? Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Live Free or Die Hard, The Godfather Part III and even Lethal Weapon 4 are examples of how too much time away can cause some of the ingredients to spoil. The only real successes that immediately come to mind are Stallone’s Rambo and Rocky Balboa, although they aren’t really “improvements” per se. What do you think? Is there a time limit within which sequels can successfully be created? Does nostalgia create unfair expectations that cannot be met? Is J.J. Abrams simply doomed to fail with a new Star Wars movie? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.