George Lucas has said he's going to pass Star Wars onto "the next generation of filmmakers".
My first thought was insane joy. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and the idea of seeing more movies is awesome.
My second thought was pure dread. The films are over with. The storyline is something he's said he has no interest in making, and it doesn't seem like he'll be involved much in it, too. Now, while that might be a good thing when it comes to some of the mistakes he's made in the past, one must not forget the good things he's responsible for as well. If this ends up becoming something like the Clone Wars TV show, then this could be atrocious.
How can they continue this story when all these characters are dead? Are we really going to get Luke Skywalker as the old mentor of a new group of Jedi with Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, R2D2, C-3PO and Lando all taking leadership roles of some sort? What will the enemy be if the Sith are eradicated?
I'm personally afraid they're going to screw this up royally - and I'm someone that actually defends the prequel trilogy (even though I think there are some massive problems with it, like Anakin's age and Jar Jar Binks). If they can pull it off, then I'd love to see more movies, but if they can't do the series justice then I'd rather them just let it stay dormant and work on that offshoot television show they've spun rumors about for years.
I'm not interested in watching something that claims to be a sequel but doesn't focus on the main characters. I've never been a fan of the Expanded Universe throwing a bunch of random elements out there that are lazy. I don't want some Palpatine clone, nor do I want it to be about the Yuuzhan Vong. I'm perfectly ok with a Ben Skywalker being at the forefront of things but I'd want the real Ben (Obi-Wan Kenobi) to have a presence in the sequel trilogy. I also will be really disappointed if we don't get Anakin Skywalker as a mentor of sorts. Why not have Yoda, Anakin, and Obi-Wan as ghostly mentors that act as elders to the new Jedi Council? Ok, now I'm stealing elements from my own fan fiction that I wrote several years ago [titled Episode VII: The Neglected Plague, Episode VIII: Prayer to the Force, and Episode IX: Renaissance of the Republic].
Here are some plot points that I'd like to see: Leia as a liaison between the Senate and the Jedi Council (led by Luke and the ghosts of Anakin, Yoda, and Kenobi). Han Solo as the commander of the military. Lando as a senator. I'd like Luke to have a son named Ben and possibly Han and Leia to have a daughter - both of whom are young (20-something) Jedi Knights. Maybe the villains are a divergent sect of Dark Jedi that run as a different kind of Jedi Order as opposed to Sith. If that's the case, it would make sense if the leader of it is someone that was one of Luke's primary advisers when originally trying to restart the Jedi Order, but he defected (fallen angel type of storyline). I hope they keep a lot of the little things that make Star Wars what it is, like "I have a bad feeling about this" and a Skywalker getting his hand cut off in the middle film.