How to Make Episode VII a Hit

September 16, 2013 – The folks at have interesting views on how to ensure that Episode VII, set 30 to 40 years after the conclusion of Episode III (Return of the Jedi), is a blockbuster hit.

A small team of Star Wars nerds – including Upright Citizens Brigade member Justin Donaldson and reputed Star Wars critic Michael Barryte – discuss what absolutely must occur for director J.J. Abrams to hit a home run.

Some of their recommendations: Stay away from members of the Original Trilogy. (Do we really want to see Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker, now much older, swinging a light saber?) Or, conversely, make them the only members of the cast. Also: Strike a balance between light adventure and dark mythology. Return to the gravity of the first trilogy. Create a more realistic Star Wars “look”. (Abrams has already announced he will be using 35mm film, and far less CGI effects.) See the video below:
Episode VII - Attack of the Hope

Lucasfilm and Disney have been so secretive about the new film (casting? storyline? actual release date?) that we hardly know anything. And so the video interview ends with several cool spins of a gameshow wheel to suggest future title names. How about: “Episode VII: Attack of the Hope” … “Episode VIII: Sith Clones” … and “Episode IX: Jedi Empire”. The first two titles are, admittedly, rather silly. But the last title? How ultra-cool!


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