Reading back thru the last couple of pages makes me realize I would hate to be some of your movie buddies. This board continues to show how internet cool it is.
I'm sure there are some of you that legitimately don't like Star Wars. I can completely understand why people were not happy with Ep. 1-3. Episode 1 was really disappointing looking back, but I still skipped school to go see it opening day and ended up seeing it 4 times in the theater. Why? Because its Star Wars. It was a huge part of my childhood. I was too little to see any of the original movies in the theater, but I had the toys. I saw the Spec Editions. I read all of the EU books through the Yuzzan Vong war.
I hated Christansen as Anakin, but I didn't think the last two movies were bad. I actually enjoyed Episode III, especially the duel between Obi-wan and Anakin.
I very much enjoyed Abrams Star Trek movie. I see no reason why he couldn't bring a fresh and interesting take on the Star Wars Universe. The EU has shown that there are unlimited stories that can be told post Ret of the Jedi that are very entertaining. Its even proven that you can introduce new characters that become even more essential than the Trilogy Characters.
IMO, Abrams should recast Luke, Leia, Han, etc if they intend on continuing that story. I dont think you'll get a good movie with an old Luke, Leia, and Han while skipping forward 40 or so years from Jedi.
Think about the backstory required. You have to assume that, after the Battle of Endor, the Empire didn't surrender. They still control the majority of the galaxy. I'd be very disappointed if the crawl just said, "Its been 40 years since the battle of Endor. The Emperor died, the Empire surrendered, Han and Leia got hitched, Luke got a dog, everything is peachy, until a new threat...."
This post was edited on 2/1 at 8:17 am