Bleeding Cool ran a rumor tonight which they admit is convoluted. My eyes rolled into the back of my head and I saw the inside of my brains. These rumors must be created to troll me. You can certainly file this one under “STUPID” with the phony Boba Fett rumor from a few months back.
The rumor? Disney/Lucasfilm will be:
Potentially phasing out the prequel trilogy by lumping them in with the “Legends” non-canon fodder.
The rumor infuriates me. Not because I love the prequels as much as the original trilogy, which I do. But because it is so senseless it lacks the basic foundations of logic. They even go as far as to call the EU “fodder,” which is the exact opposite of how they’re treating that legacy.
Lucasfilm didn’t jump right to telling us what their plans were for the Expanded Universe or what was canon over the last year. Lucasfilm clearly made sure all their ducks were in a row. Once their plans for films, cartoons, and novels were set in stone, they made their announcement that all print (Expanded Universe) was now Star Wars Legends and was not canon. Okay, fine. We read you loud and clear. But Lucasfilm clearly stated less than three weeks ago that George Lucas’ six episodes and The Clone Wars are the:
immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.
Disney and Lucasfilm is a calculated, well planned and tightly designed franchise with more backing behind than anything the world has ever seen. Stories for years to come are no doubt worked out right now and things are interfacing keenly. So to imagine they just changed their minds two weeks after making a press release they waited over a year to release, MAKES ZERO LOGICAL SENSE.
Part of the article states that the original trilogy will be released in the original theatrical versions. To paraphrase Pablo Hildalgo at D23 last year, “never say never” when it comes to releasing those versions. That very well may happen. But they will never overtake releasing Lucas’ finished versions. I think we will see them, but I have my unfounded personal doubts we will see them anytime soon. Hell, releasing those will just show much close to the prequels the new films are.
Which reminds me, the funniest part about all of this? Star Wars: Episode VII will probably use as much CGI as the prequels did. Just last month Abrams stated:
‘Technology has given us this amazing ability. We can create things that are photo-real.
Was that J.J. Abrams, Rick McCallum, or George Lucas? Doesn’t matter. It is the same message.