For true fans of the franchise, STAR WARS had never gone “out of fashion,” but to the casual fan, there’s no doubt that STAR WARS is back with a vengeance!! As of the writing of this article, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the highest grossing domestic release of all time (suck it AVATAR) and has already hit $1.6 billion worldwide. I guess that two hundred million dllar budget doesn’t seem so inflated anymore!! With the success of this new film, there are already plans to create an entire STAR WARS universe similar to the one Marvel created. Some of the upcoming titles include ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (set for a December 16, 2016 release date); STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (set for a May 26, 2017 release date); STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (set to drop in 2019); a young Han Solo film, and there’s even a plan to release a solo Boba Fett film!!
I’ve written about it before when referring to the Marvel cinematic universe, and I’ll say it again about the STAR WARS cinematic universe–I want a damn zombie film to be included in both these franchises. No one bats an eyelid about a Marvel zombies movie. Why should they? There’s a whole series of MARVEL ZOMBIE titles, and they are a blast. But most people don’t realize that there is precedence in the STAR WARS canon for zombies. In 2010, author Joe Schreiber released DEATH TROOPERS, which follows a zombie outbreak within the STAR WARS universe. This was a fun, gory book that delivered on both the zombie mayhem and on the STAR WARS mythos (see my complete review here). Then in 2012, Schreiber followed up DEATH TROOPERS with another, more ambitious zombie tale within the STAR WARS universe, titled, STAR WARS: RED HARVEST. RED HARVEST isn’t so much a sequel to DEATH TROOPERS as it is another take on zombies in the STAR WARS universe (in it, a dark Sith Lord uses a rare plant as the final ingredient in a concoction that can raise the dead).
So the ball is in your court J.J Abrams and Disney. Just imagine how much money could be made from a film that combines the STAR WARS franchise with the zombie sub-genre. The possibilities are endless.
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