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Abrams on Disney-ifying Star Wars

Not going to happen

By Robert T. Trate     October 01, 2013
Source: The Tavis Smiley Show (PBS)

Episode VII arrives in 2015
© Lucasfilm Ltd./ Disney

JJ Abrams recently appeared on the “The Tavis Smiley Show” (on PBS) where he addressed a concern that many Star Wars fans had. Will Disney make the new Star Wars films kid friendly? Will they Disney-ify Star Wars? Abrams had this to say about his new film and Disney’s plans for the next Star Wars film:

“The beauty there is Disney doesn't want that. They are well aware of this and they are very careful to make sure that...they are sensitive to that. They don't want that at all, that's the last thing they want. But that company, which is Marvel, they have...it's incredible the scale of that company. They are as aware of that as anyone.”

Well it appears that Disney, for the time, knows what the older fans of the Star Wars Saga want. We still don’t have any official casting yet, or even a release date. Hopefully, we will have something over the holidays as production of the film begins in January 2015. 

Check out the interview below. 

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monkeyfoot 10/1/2013 7:02:49 AM

Dammit! Does this mean we won't get a Ewok & Gungan half hour dance party scene?

redhairs99 10/1/2013 7:16:02 AM

The originals were all PG, so I don't really get the whole worry over "Disney-fying" them.  They already were kid friendly.  And then Lucas went even further in the prequels with characters like Jar Jar as well as all the poopie and fart type jokes.

WarCry 10/1/2013 7:22:33 AM

 When will so-called fans realize how wrong they are about all this?

Will Disney make the new Star Wars films kid friendly?

How about the fact that George Lucas created a film back in 1977 that was INTENDED FOR 12 YEAR OLDS? It's supposed to be kid-friendly! That is the freakin' target audience. His plan was to make a film in the vein of those that he enjoyed watching on Saturday mornings when he was a kid.

The only people that can't seem to grasp this concept are those that WERE the target audience in '77, those 12 year olds who insist that the movies need to grow up with them, rather than being made for the next generation.

We don't need Resevoir Dogs/Star Wars, we need the idealist, simple, even naive space fantasy. One of the legitimate complaints I've see of Episode I is that it was far too convoluted, with talks of trade negotiations and treaties, etc. No, it's supposed be be good guys vs bad guys, with laser swords and blaster guns.

Will Disney make the new Star Wars films kid friendly? God, I really hope so, because that's exactly who the movies are supposed to be for!



And before I'm accused of being either too old or too young to "get it", I am 38, and I've grown up with Star Wars. I wasn't there in '77, but I was jumping up and down in '83 to see Return, and I've felt the same way for books, movies, etc, that have come along. I am a Star Wars fan, and I understand that Jar Jar wasn't meant for me. He was meant for my kid, sitting next to me, who loved him.

monkeyfoot 10/1/2013 7:58:02 AM

WarCry, agree with you 1000%!

These movies have always been for kids and the kid in the adult. It's as simple and complicated as that.

TheStormrider 10/1/2013 8:29:24 AM

Kid friendly and juvenile are two different things.  There are many kid friendly movies,  that aren't as juvenile as the prequels.

I think the movies need to appeal to all ages.  Like classics like the lion king and goonies.  Appeal to that sense of childlike wonder, and not the immature.

Chance375 10/1/2013 8:53:49 AM

I want a Star Wars movie that will be for my kids what the original trilogy was for me.  Agree with you 100% WarCry

wish 10/1/2013 9:03:37 AM

There is a reason my parents don't give a shit about Star Wars, despite being the people that took me to the movies multiple time as a small kid in the 80's.  These films were never designed to appeal to adults, at least not in general, sure there were plenty of adults who loved the movies along with the kids, but as a kid I could always see the dismissive nature regarding Star Wars with pretty much all the adults I grew up around.  I'd even say that the number of adults who love the films now is only slightly larger due to the fact that so many kids grew up with the original trilogy, but you can't ignore the fact that a majority grew up and lost interest.

Disney has a pretty solid history of producing hits for kids, maybe they should actually be adding more input than we think they should, if these movies are indeed being made more for an adult audience, they will be the first Star Wars films to be made that way.

ElBaz13 10/1/2013 9:21:19 AM

Agree Warcry

The reason why people hated JarJar was that the majority of the audience were all grown up from seeing Star Wars in the 70s and 80s and didn't sit well. My 8 year old liked him.  I didn't, but she did.

I really don't want a dark and gritty Star Wars either. It's enough that DC/WB is doing that with their once bright and goody heroes in their movies.


mellowdoux 10/1/2013 10:17:53 AM

 I'm 42 years old and I agree 100% Warcry.

The level of ownership that the "truly rabid" faction of Star Wars FanBoys feel they have over this franchise blows my mind.

As Chance375 said... I'm hoping for Star Wars movies that can give my 2 boys even a fraction of the magic I felt back in 1977.

Higgy 10/1/2013 11:14:52 AM

No, the reason people hated Jar Jar was because he was stupid.  Plain and simple.  They made a ridiculously half witted character to be the comedy relief, and it fell WAY short.  And my kids can't stand Jar Jar and don't think he's funny.  They have watched both sets of movies and prefer the original and they're 5 and 7.  When I play the prequels they walk away after about half an hour.  When I play the originals they stick through the whole thing.

Watch Plinkett's review of the Star Wars Prequels.  It makes total sense.

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