The first of what will surely be many rumors surrounding 2015's Star Wars sequel, Episode VII has been making the rounds. It involves the few days remaining before the impending Mayan-predicted apocalypse, Luke Skywalker's retirement plans, and the place where Chewbacca was screwed out of his rightfully-deserved medal.
The rumor stems from a news story from Reuters discussing a temple located deep within the Guatemalan rainforest called Tikal Four and its connection to the dire December 21 date. Hardcore know-it-all Star Wars fans know it as the exterior shooting location for the Rebel Base on planet, Yavin 4 in the first Star Wars film, 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope.
However, one paragraph in the article has sent shockwaves of speculation down the network of fanboys and fangirls. (Of which we include ourselves.) Check it out below!
According to Reuters:
"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. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal."
This rumor hardly conveys any ideas that have not been heard before. Several forms of Star Wars "Expanded Universe" fiction have depicted the idea of Luke, evolving into a wise Jedi master, setting up his Jedi pad of pedagoguery on the planet once targeted by The Death Star.
Also, since the article seems to choose words carefully with "fans said" in the speculation about filming the temple artificially in a studio, this could simply be a case of mistaken context. -- Even if the plot point ultimately proves true.
Taking that rumor with a grain of salt, we can continue to assume that the only apocalyptic threat facing this temple would come in the form of yet another Death Star. (Or, the wrong choice of director.)
Update: The author of the Reuters article has clarified that the line was misunderstood.