Star Wars, Nothing But Star Wars
Back when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the big worry from some subsets of fandom was that the house of Mouse would bleed the property dry. Thankfully, aside from releasing a Star Wars movie a year for the past three years, there hasn’t been too much fatigue for the galaxy far, far, away just yet. But now that Disney has announced an upcoming Rian Johnson trilogy, a second trilogy from Game of Thrones show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and TWO shows to be unveiled on Disney’s planned streaming service, I think it’s safe to say that we may start to have that sinking feeling of Star Wars not becoming special anymore.
Now I’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised by the Weiss and Benioff news. Even with it’s faults, I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones and can’t wait to see what those two do in the Star Wars universe (the fact that this essentially cancels their Confederate show for HBO only sweetens the deal). Benioff and Weiss have proven with Thrones that they can not only manage a huge cast of characters, but also do it in a way that can connect with fans in a big way. That’s certainly something that Lucasfilm took notice of, and the two could do an awesome job in the political areas of the galaxy.
But two trilogies? I imagine that the Benioff/Weiss trilogy and Rian Johnson trilogy will alternate release years, much like the current trilogy and spin off anthology films do right now. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has stated that Lucasfilm will be taking a break after Episode 9 is released, but how much of a break are we talking about here? A year? Two? If that’s the case, I can see it working out. But if it’s the kind of break that’s less than a year, well, I can see the burn out coming, especially when there are two additional Star Wars properties that will be releasing around the same time. There’s a reason these were all announced so close to one another, after all.
But then again, Star Wars is a massive property, and one of the great things about it is how malleable it can be. You can focus on Jedi, Bounty Hunters, Smugglers, Rebels, Imperials, the whole galaxy, or a small amount of it. And just because there’s this much Star Wars coming down the pipeline, it doesn’t mean you have to watch all of it. I still haven’t seen much of the Clone Wars cartoon or Rebels, partly because I don’t have the time, and because some of it is hard to find in a simple streaming platform (looking at you, Rebels). In the end, Star Wars fatigue will be what you make of it. If you choose to go all in all the time (and you can certainly do so if you want), you’ll definitely have no shortage of stuff to consume, but you’ll probably also find your favorite franchise becoming a lot less special. But if you want to try and take a break, you can do so, or better yet, look into what Disney and Lucasfilm have planned and decide what aspects of this vast universe appeal to you.