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Should we be done with Star Wars?

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Sur economic, artistic and practical plans, your arguments and counter-arguments for an evening debate.


The economic argument

Solo, Ron Howard, the latest installment in the saga, released in 2018, a spin-off on the genesis of one of the emblematic characters of the series, the smuggler formerly played by Harrison Ford, proved to be a commercial failure. He is said to have lost money, raising $ 390 million in revenue worldwide, on a budget of $ 275 million, but not to mention the huge promotional costs. One thing is certain: Solo underlines the weariness of the spectators for this saga.

The artistic argument

When it was released in 1977, George Lucas in his own way renewed science fiction in the cinema, a genre then dying, by inventing space opera. When the American director began to work on a new trilogy from 1999 onwards, he never renewed anything and signed children's films that digital technology never succeeds in saving. The new trilogy, which appeared in 2015, with Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, is just a hidden remake of the first trilogy.

The practical argument

We are surrounded on all sides by the various trilogies Star Wars (three in number), while a new one is already under construction after three spin-offs. We must add two television series: the first, on Obi-Wan Kenobi, being in development, and the second, The Mandalorian, which airs on Disney’s new streaming channel, Disney +, not to mention animation series. This is more than an average human brain can endure.


The economic counter-argument

Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $ 4.05 billion. At this price, it is not conceivable to ask to stop the production of Star Wars. Disney has no choice but to recoup its investment to expand it to TV and its amusement parks. He must also exploit the derivative products from the saga, which only the regular production of a trilogy can bring up to date.

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The artistic counter-argument

After revisiting Star trek, J. J. Abrams, a goldsmith in the field, managed to modernize the last trilogy (he produced the first episode and the last). His choice to reproduce the aesthetics of the first part, signed Lucas, respects the desire of fans. The second part of the new trilogy, Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, has revealed a director, Rian Johnson. Continuing the saga, gives young filmmakers a chance.

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