Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theatres on December 18, 2015, fans of the franchise couldn’t be more excited for the new film. With J.J. Abrams at the helm, the return of our favorite characters and the new additions to the cast STAR WARS fans are drooling with anticipation. Because the film is so highly anticipated everything has been completely top-secret. Rumors have been flying since the franchise announced the new trilogy. Little by little we have been given precious morsels of information here and there, like announcements of new cast members and even some pictures and videos of the set from Abrams himself.
The excitement has only grown since Disney CEO Bob Iger announced there would be several STAR WARS standalone films that will be released in addition to episodes 7, 8 & 9. There was the time when Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucas Film, had hinted that the 2015 release date may not have been as firm as once believed, but that was to put to bed quickly and the release date was kept. While anxious fans search for any amount of info they can grab on the new films, journalists and movie sites have an important decision to make on an almost daily basis. STAR WARS rumors are started and put to rest daily and anyone who loves the franchise or films in general has an opinion on where the franchise should go or who the standalone films should feature.
Part of covering films means reading constant sources of information, spoilers and rumors and it is then up to the sites and journalists what they chose to cover. This week there was huge STAR WARS: Episode 7 spoilers and leaks on the web. While many sites ran with it, others chose not to. In a world where we get most of our information on the web and every day hundreds of new sites pop up all hoping to be the next big thing it is no wonder so many sites run with rumors especially when they are in reference to one of the most anticipated films in the upcoming year. They run the news with hopes of driving traffic to their sites and then keeping those eyes on future stories.
But I have to ask you this, with all the hatred towards the prequels and all the excitement for this new trilogy, why in the world would you want that spoiled? As someone who sees literally hundreds of movies a year and has a passion for film, I would never want something as big as the new STAR WARS films ruined. Set photos will be shown, trailers will be released and eventually though it seems like years away, we will get our new STAR WARS film. If you choose to read the spoilers, then go for it, but be sure not to ruin it for everyone else. If you are going to run with it, then make sure you are clear that spoilers are involved. While I am extremely ready for a new STAR WARS trilogy and will of course cover any official news as it drops I will not cover leaks or spoilers. While I enjoy watching the same movies time and time again knowing how they will end, there is something so truly special about going into a theatre and experiencing movies for the first time.
If you want to read the spoilers they are there and easily found “May the Force be with you”, but if you are like me, with a little patience we will enjoy the films when they are released and let the excitement build on its own as Disney and Lucas Film bring us one step closer to a thrilling new trilogy.