Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Star Wars: An End of an Era

Big news in the world of my Star Wars fandom....Disney has bought out Lucasfilm Ltd.

That's right, the universe I grew up with, full dangerous rogues, amazing Jedi, and strong Princesses, is going to be owned by the people who brought you Snow Dogs, The Country Bears, and every awful straight to video sequel.

Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion in cash and stock, allowing for Lucas to begin preparing for retirement.

His hand is signing his name, but his eyes whisper “I’m sorry”.

Not only does Disney now have the creative right to Star Wars, no, they couldn't stop there.

In a press release announcing the acquisition, Disney announced that Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for a release date in 2015 and that “more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.”

On a conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that in addition to Episode 7, episodes 8 and 9 are also in the works. The goal, Iger said, was to “release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.”

Yes, you read that right, they're making MORE Star Wars films.

Can Disney not leave anything alone? They plan to begin the movies 20 years after Return of the Jedi, following what happens to Luke and Leia after the fall of the Empire. But how can they do that without the original cast? I can only imagine who they will cast for Luke, Han, Leia, C-3PO, and the many others.

Star Wars fans the world over are mixed right now. Some are rejoicing, other are reeling. I'm in the latter group. I fail to see how they can feasibly make a new Star Wars movie every two years, at least, one that will be worth anything. Again, I could cite the hundreds of horrible straight to DVD sequels put out by Disney.

Not only that, but the universe I imagined being a part of as a child, will now be remade and altered, and called canon. How will these movies end? Will everyone hug and be nest friends at the end? Will there be tiny talking woodland creatures who aid the cast in their trials? Oh, and lets not forget the musicals!

I wonder how "The Force will be with you..." will sound when sung?

Love and Lightning Bugs,


jusmel said...

I am hoping, or thinking that maybe they will keep it original as much as possible. I am not so sure they will be adding fairy princesses and having them sing :)

Good luck and thanks for all the wonderful years George!!

Jessica said...

That is so crazy... I wonder if there will be more Star Wars movies and how different they will be?

Julia Potvin said...

Never was a fan of StarWars, yes I said it...LOL..But sure many people will be wondering what will be in the future for the movies.

Brr23 said...

I was never into Star Wars. I thought it was a pretty boring from the very beginning so I don't think Disney can screw it up to much.

Crystal said...

I so didn't think he would ever sell. But it looks like he changed is mind.

Mama Luvs Books said...

It will be interesting to see what happens!!!

Anonymous said...

My husbands co-workers will be happy. I have never seen a Star Wars movie though.

Theresa said...

I am working through the sextology (is that a word) with my son who is in love with light "savers" as he calls them. Truth be told I haven't seen the third movie, Revenge of the Sith, yet. It is hard to imagine more movies but they will be popular. No, I don't think Disney can leave anything well enough alone. Especially not with a cult film like Star Wars. In any event it will be interesting.

Jesica H said...

Although I watched the movies, I was never hard-core and I am just curious to see what they will come up with, lol.

The newer ones I couldn't even stand to watch...thought they were all terrible. I only saw the first one and part of the second one...the third one, who knows, maybe someday.

Malia said...

I've never watches Star Wars, but I do see how the true Star Wars Fans may be disappointed.

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

Don't worry too much. Disney also brought you The Avengers, which freaking rocked!

Didn't Lucas bring us Powder, which also stunk?

I think they each have brought their fair share of hits and misses. Hopefully they won't ruin your movies. :)


Shayla Burks said...

I'm with you on this. It's sad, and I hate to think of what's going to happen :(
I hope my kids aren't going to think horridly of Star Wars from what Disney shows them.

Marieesbella said...

I am not a star wars fan, but i am still interested to see what happens.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

I hear your emotions, but I couldn't help but laugh to think of "The force be with you" as a musical. I do hope they don't do that! Will that sing zip a dee do dah? as Luke's grandson practices light saber duals with Han's son? Oh no!!! That could be a fiasco for sure!!! Let's hope they honor the true Star Wars feel and keep it authentic!

Coupons and Friends said...

I love Disney:) Oh yes everyone goes over board and everyone has their moments, but I agree, Disney did bring the Avengers, which was the #1 movie and no talking woodland creatures:)

Kelley Johnsen said...

My son will love this news!

Katrina said...

I can see the good and bad in this. I hope Disney creates some great new Star Wars movies.

Mary Walker said...

I'm sure Disney will make this huge.