Well, seeing the attempts that have been made to put together a Halo movie, perhaps they should just leave Monkey Island alone.
Okay, on to Star Wars.
*(Sits down on an old stump by the fire, plays the banjo a bit and whittles a wooden pocket knife.)*
You younglings weren't around when that first Star Wars movie came out, so many of you probably have no idea why it was so popular at the time. It was ALL about the special effects. Folks had been going to the movies for years, and the only realistic-looking movie set in space had been 2001: a space
...which was a film most ordinary humans couldn't get into, much less understand.
There were only three channels on teevee. No cable. No videotape machines or DVD players of any kind. The video game market consisted entirely of the Odyssey 2000 console and Pong.
So, when Star Wars came out, it was a memorable experience for those of us who were eight years old, sitting in the front row. It should be understood that the experience was not an intellectual one, but rather more like going to the amusement park and taking the roller coaster. If it seems second hat to us now, it is because we live in a world where the movie industry has explored that big screen wow phenomena so much to death that we simply are too jaded to experience it any more.
Also, Star Wars should never be considered science fiction; it is mythology. George Lucas was a student of Joseph Campbell, a now-passed scholar who did a lot of groundwork into the common roots of world mythologies, the universal themes that are to be found in each of the world's indigenous storytelling. Lucas took these commonalities and made up his own, new mythology set in outer space. There is no actual science fiction going on there, unless you consider the technological hypothesation of using plasma to create a light saber the basis of the story...
So, there is what is good in Star Wars.
It was a lot of fun to see back in the boring old seventies...and if you know deep down inside that there really is something like the Force, that's Joseph Campbell's wisdom behind the curtain.
Not George Lucas.