Ever since The Force Awakens trailer came out Star Wars fans have been rolling their eyes at regurgitated stories from the last few years.
Earlier this week, the internet was going nuts over an old interview with Mark Hamill where he talks about Episode VII back in 1983 when Return of the Jedi came out. This video came out back in 2012 just about a week after the Episode VII announcement. We posted it then (it is sadly one of the stories that was lost back when we had our massive HDD failure in March), and every Star Wars fan saw it back in November of 2012. Yet this week every major film blog reposted the video as if it was news, likely because their opinion pieces on how The Force Awakens is better than the Prequels have been trailing off in pageviews.
And now there’s another story being repurposed, and it’s even older than the Mark Hamill interview video.
Most Star Wars fans are very aware of the interview George Lucas gave to Total Film in 2008 where he took a massive dump on the entire post-ROTJ Expanded Universe as it’s been a staple on the Wikipedia Star Wars Canon page for years:
“I’ve left pretty explicit instructions for there not to be any more features. There will definitely be no Episodes VIIâ€“IX. That’s because there isn’t any story. I mean, I never thought of anything. And now there have been novels about the events after Episode VI, which isn’t at all what I would have done with it. The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn’t come back to life, the Emperor doesn’t get cloned and Luke doesn’t get married…”
Yet today you’re seeing this pop up all over film blogs today as if it’s news. And the thing is it’s not even the only time George Lucas has said there would be no Sequel Trilogy. Just back in 2012, a few months before the Episode VII announcement came out, a TMZ camera man jumped Lucas while he was getting in a car and asked when Episode VII would come out. Lucas yelled “NEVER!” on the video.
Are film blogs going to dig up that video for some quick Star Wars hits when things get slow? I wouldn’t be shocked if we see that video next week so they can link back to this week’s reposting of the ancient Total Film interview.
There’s plenty of cool stuff to cover about The Force Awakens. Reposting very old news relating to Star Wars just insults the people who have already seen it multiple times over the years.