I think everyone, even non-Star Wars fans, are revved up about a sequel trilogy. This seems to be a handing off of Star Wars to the next generation and will hopefully reflect what people who grew up watching Star Wars have always wanted from Star Wars. Simply, having grown up with Star Wars, I am anxious for Star Wars to grow up, too. By opening up the next trilogy to other people to collaborate on, I'm optimistic about the prospect for that wish will come to pass. I don't want a super grown up, Sopranos style Star Wars, but it really felt like with the prequel trilogy there was always an effort to keep it kid-friendly. Even if it did get dark, it was never mature. As fans, we tolerated that direction because we are fans. We still got to see stuff we'd always wanted to see on the screen. But I think we're owed one, and I'm optimistic about the future of Star Wars.
Kid-friendly doesn't have to be 'Sharkboy and Lavagirl' or 'insert horrifying disney channel young teen show'. Im fine with PG 13... I dont need Dark Knight or Sopranos style either.
I think Disney purchasing Star Wars was probably the best choice that Lucas could have made, and bringing in Ms. Kennedy is shear brilliance.