J.J. Abrams back to Star Wars for Episode IX.

Which means, of course, that all of the loose plot holes left in all [coughcoughcough] movies will be left right where they are.  I kid, I kid! I’m sure that J.J. Abrams will do a perfectly fine job.  Of course, you know me and movies; I simply do not have a refined enough palate to detect even the most blatant overtones of cinematic vinegar.

I wonder what Disney plans to do, after this last trilogy is over.  I assume that they’re going to try to do something like a live-action Star Wars Rebels or Clone Wars, because of all the people that will line up to throw money at them for that. But once the Solo flick is in the can, what’s left?  …Strike that, I know what I want. I want a live-action Knights of the Old Republic. I deserve this, in fact.


Carrie Fisher is getting put into Star Wars Episode IX. Somehow.

I would prefer that they not do this.

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

My objections are relentlessly practical, however.  Unless they’ve gotten extremely lucky, Disney has a bunch of footage that needs to have the rest of the movie written around it, as it were.  Maybe they’ll only have to write around it a little.  Maybe they’ll have to write around it a lot.  No matter what, it gives off the feel of a gimmick — and that will make the movie just a little less watchable.  Sometimes you need the gimmick anyway (the CGI character resurrections in Rogue One spring to mind). And sometimes you do not.  I think that this might be a ‘not.’

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