Will Luke Skywalker Return to Yavin 4 to Build a Jedi Academy in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

     December 19, 2012

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It’s been far too long since we’ve had a good Star Wars: Episode VII rumor.  Today, we’ve learned of an intriguing plotline that may feature in the upcoming sequel.  So far, plot details have been practically non-existent as the search for a director continues.  However, screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was handling the screenplay, and presumably he had some direction from producers Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas, although Lucas says he “doesn’t really have much to do.”

Hit the jump to find out where the sequel might be headed.

star-wars-jedi-academy-book-coverThe rumor was found in an agency report buried in a Reuters article about how fans flock to the Mayan city of Tikal because it’s the location George Lucas used as the rebel base on Yavin 4.  The Guardian reports that the agency story’s says:

“Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi knight academy.”

I like this idea simply because it makes me think of a bunch of delinquent Jedis hanging around the galaxy, causing mischief until they have a place to go to school.  Then again, this notion of “When in doubt, add more Jedis” slightly backfired in Attack of the Clones when the result was nothing but a mess of lightsabers.

It’s worth noting that this plot strongly resembles the Jedi Academy trilogy of expanded universe novels written by Kevin J. Anderson.  It’s been speculated that the new movies will draw from the novels, so this isn’t completely unreasonable, although all of these rumors should be taken with as much salt as you can muster.

There was also the video game Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy where the player “takes the role of Jaden Korr, a new student arriving at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy on Yavin IV.”

Unsurprisingly, neither Disney nor Lucasfilm has commented on the rumor.


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  • TheHOYT

    As much as I love the Jedi Academy Trilogy, I hope that they’re not adapting those novels into films. I’m sure that the new films will center around Luke, “passing on what [he's] learned” to a new generation of Jedi’s, but I hope it’s wholly original.

    Also, I don’t want to go back to Yavin. Part of the problem with the Prequels is they tried to hard to hearken back to the Originals. They need to take the franchises to new locals, inhabited by new characters.

    • Kevin

      I think you’re right. That’s totally something that ‘studio types’ could latch on to. “Yeah, Yavin, it’s old. It’s new. It’s perfect. Bing. Bang. Boom. Yavin. You’re takin’ a walk, you’re thinkin’ about Star Wars. You’re like, ‘Hey, what’s that planet those guys flew by? I don’t know.’ You know, but you don’t know. It’s Yavin’.”

  • Sam

    Probably just someone who got mixed up but you never never know.

  • Bruce Harrington

    As excited as I am for these movies, I don’t think I can jump on this rumor merry-go-round. It’ll just bring out so much nerd hate that’s been pent up for to long.

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  • Northern Star

    As long as they stay far away from the ridiculous Expanded Universe nonsense, I’m sure they’ll do just fine… especially with someone like Michael Arndt scripting!

    I would guess the new trilogy will be effectively about the rebuilding of a new post-Empire society, with the galaxy now a virtually lawless place since the death of the Emperor, and the rebuilding of a new government and Jedi Order to bring law and order back to a galaxy no longer under singular rule… a task that becomes much harder with the reappearance of the fearsome Mandalorian warriors, who use the void left by the Empire’s demise to launch a ferocious attack on the fledgling new Republic in revenge over a long-held historical grievance.

    That’s how I think the new trilogy should go, just my opinion though…

  • jk

    Meh. Hope the next movie doesn’t plumb the books. Original ideas for film would be best. Might be interesting to see if the galaxy was able to get along without the jedi–or maybe just a few.

    • Eric

      would be nice to see a new spin or lean on the story, before jedi this jedi that, how about a spin off the sith ?