Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
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NOVEMBER 3, 2012 11:09PM

My Reaction to Disney Buying LucasFilm

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My friends have been asking me for my reaction to the big news that Disney was purchasing LucasFilm.  When I first heard about it, right during the peak of hurricane madness, I thought it was a joke.  When it sunk in that this was serious business, that the so-called Mickey Mouse studio would be giving George Lucas a little over four billion dollars to hand over all rights to his lucrative enterprise (including the innovative special effects house Industrial Light and Magic), I became excited. The Internet and fans everywhere are abuzz with chatter about what to expect.  Here are my thoughts.

Episode 7!!! Finally, the long-awaited moment would be upon us -- Disney promises to give us a brand new Star Wars movie in a few years. No more prequels, the saga will finally move forward! Hopefully they will capture the spirit of what makes Star Wars so great and not just throw a lightsaber on some unknown character, expecting that to do the trick. I eagerly await a new story, but hopefully it will build on what came before instead of just cashing in on the brand with no heart or original ideas.

What will become of the long developing Star Wars TV series that Lucas was creating? Since Disney will focus on the movies, is that project still alive or officially dead?  Personally, I hope they let it die since it was supposed to be another prequel series. Since Disney owns ABC, however, don't be surprised if some new Star Wars tales make their way to the small screen.

Disney has a strong track record with acquistions. Those of you who worry that they will "Disneyfy" the Star Wars franchise, have no fear.  They also bought Pixar and Marvel Entertainment, churning out great flicks in the hands of terrific creative talent. I expect the same with Star Wars. Also, remember, George Lucas had also pandered to the same kind of cheesy content that Disney has been stereotyped for being the standard bearer -- thr Ewoks, Jar Jar Binks, and Howard the Duck.

There is more to LucasFilm than just Star Wars.  Disney bought every intellectual property that Lucas created under the LucasFilm banner. That means we will definitely see more Indiana Jones, but maybe even a remake of Willow.

For all the criticism that George Lucas has received over the years, I respect him for all his accomplishments and for doing it his way. Now, he will retire and pass on his legacy to others.  Apparently, he will use his newfound billions to invest in educational initiatives.  How can anyone find fault in that?

Well done, Mr. Lucas. Well done.

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my reaction -

They're also gonna put out a movie every 2 years after episode 7, not stopping, apparently, with episode 9.

I'm hopeful. Obviously, at the time, Star Wars was a marvelous piece of storytelling and technical artistry, but I find it ironic that the only one of the Star Wars episodes to stand the test of time (and the one Lucas has fiddled with the least in his "Special Edition" re-releases) is the only one Lucas, himself, didn't direct - The Empire Strikes back.

Frankly, I don't think the stories that will accompany episodes 7-9 will be terribly compelling (see Children of Dune for more information), but it's all the other stuff that Star Wars can be which might make this a boon for fans.

While he fucked them up royally, Lucas was right to go back in the mythology and not forward, as this was where the more compelling fiction lied. But, as I always say about Star Wars, I love everything about Star Wars except Star Wars.
Malcolm, I didn't mind Lucas going back to give us Episodes 1, 2, and 3, but enough is enough. I want to see the story move forward instead of dwelling forever in the prequel period before Episode 4. I totally agree with your assessment that we will see new Star Wars films every few years. Disney will milk this franchise for all its worth. We'll see more Star Wars movies than James Bond films.

Tink, the Howard the Duck comic was fine, the movie was terrible. It would be interesting if Disney let its Pixar branch take a stab at a new Howard the Duck movie!
No, they flat out stated that this is what they will do. 1st one in 3 years, then 2nd in 5 years with the final trilogy completed in 7 years (as opposed to the Lucas schedule of every 3 years, nearly on the nose).

After that, it's another movie every 2 years, though I don't think they have any specific plans for 1-offs, continuing in the trilogy format (though, in modern cinema, this seems the most lucrative way to go) or some other paradigm altogether.

They only are certain that there will be something and that it will happen every 2 years.

On one hand, that'll probably fuck it all up. On the other hand, how could they possibly fuck it up more than Lucas does every time he gets behind the camera? And on the other, other hand, this will make it an ubiquitous, multi-generational shared story and that's pretty damn cool, if ya ask me.