The Galaxy Far, Far Away is enormous. Full of alien creatures, strange worlds, and hundreds of Expanded Universe story lines that have nothing to do with the central plot of Star Wars: Episodes 1-6. Yet, if reports of Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett standalone films are true - paired with a Skywalker and Solo family storyline in Episode 7, what other adventures might we be missing (i.e. a Seven Samurai-inspired Jedi movie)?
Fans and filmgoers are understandably excited to see returning cast members but, so far, the filmmakers appear to be relying heavily on the same stories and character drama that we've seen play-out over the course of the first six films (in addition to countless other mediums). Why not take an entirely fresh direction in the main trilogy or, at the very least, one of two of the spin offs?
Star Wars remains one of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world. Admittedly, the prequels may have left some viewers underwhelmed but what's going to reinvigorate the franchise more and best position the series longterm? Revisiting beloved characters (and actors) or a fresh and captivating adventure (albeit punctuated by the same lightsaber wielding Jedi action that made the original films so exciting)? It's possible that Lucasfilm can deliver both but what if that's too tall of an order? Luke Skywalker wanted to get out of his Tatooine comfort zone to adventure and explore the galaxy? Why wouldn't viewers want to do the same?