Every Star Wars fan on the planet has been speculating what the future holds for the franchise after the shocking Disney buyout last year. Hot on the heels of that announcement was the revelation that Disney had big, big plans for George Lucas’ beloved franchise: a new sequel trilogy, for one, and other spinoff movies as well. Since nothing official has been confirmed about the sequels, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to what the story might be, but early word suggests the movies would focus on the next generation — the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia (not collectively, obviously, unless the midi-chlorians are up to something kinky). If that prospect doesn’t already get your excited, the video above just might.
There are plenty of impressive fan-made lightsaber fight videos online, but this one tops off some solid effects work with a nice little twist at the end. Produced and starring Paul J. Alessi, the “Lightsaber Fight! video above “was intended as a pitch for a possible new Star Wars spinoff film or television series.“ Obviously the idea was to follow the same path the official sequels likely will, with the Skywalker and Solo offspring taking up the mantle — and the lightsaber — of their forebears. So while this pitch video may not have gone any further, we’ll likely get to see some version of this story in 2015.
Focusing on the next generation of the Skywalker and Solo families makes perfect sense. With the original trilogy and the prequels, the story so far has very much been the story of the Skywalker line. Fans of the so-called Star Wars “Expanded Universe” know that there are already plenty of stories involving those “next gen” characters: Ben Skywalker is the son of Luke and Mara Jade; Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin are the children of Han and Leia. However, while the Solo and Skywalker kids will almost certainly be the focus of the new sequels, there’s no guarantee that their story will play out as it has in the books — although early casting breakdowns suggest they will at least share the same names.
Finally, while this pitch might not have turned into a real Star Wars TV series, we will be getting more of the franchise on the small screen. An animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, will focus on the beginnings of the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire and is set to begin airing sometime in 2014. There have also been renewed rumblings that we might finally get that live-action Star Wars series they’ve been talking about for ages now. (Thanks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!)
While we’re at it, here’s one of our favorite fan-made lightsaber vids as well.