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Star Wars and Disney: What’s Your Take?

By now, you’ve heard the news that LucasFilm, producers of the Star Wars franchise, was purchased by Disney. The bigger news is that George Lucas’ treatments for the legendary third Stars Wars trilogy will likely be coming to theaters within a few years. That’s right, Star Wars: Episode VII is coming.

This sounds like great news for fans (besides the mashup crowd), but is it? It seems everyone has their own opinion, so tell us:

Do you think the Disney/LucasFilm merge is a good one for science fiction fans?

To help you decide, here’s Lucas himself talking about the deal:

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13 Comments on Star Wars and Disney: What’s Your Take?

  1. like it could get _worse_? i’m still not over jar jar binks and midichlorians. i don’t think there’s anywhere to go but up from here.

    do you think we might get dvds of the original series in their original form? if so, i’m good with whatever else happens.

  2. Nick Sharps // October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am //

    I’m pretty excited about this. I lost interest in Star Wars after the abysmal Clone Wars CGI movie (the Clone Wars micro series was awesome). I realize there are people concerned about Disney making Star Wars too kiddy but I’d say the Clone Wars series already did that. Everyone freaked out when Disney bought Marvel (myself included) but look how awesome The Avengers was. To all those who hated Episode I-III (I wasn’t a huge fan but I didn’t find it THAT bad) this should come as great news, Lucas won’t be able to ruin your “precious childhood.” Disney has the money, talent, and commitment to see to it that Star Wars gets the sequels it deserves. And hey, maybe Joss Whedon will direct Episode VII πŸ˜›

  3. Roddy Reta // October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am //

    Whatever one thinks of his films, it’s hard to deny that George Lucas was an artist who followed a distinct vision. The prequels were an ambitious attempt to redefine the meaning of the Star Wars saga, and even if they were mostly a failure, I give Lucas credit for trying something radically different.

    Disney is just a media conglomerate that specializes in giving people what they want. I fully expect them to exploit Lucas’ universe to the max, much in the same way Paramount is twisting Roddenberry’s original Star Trek characters into big-budget action heroes.

    So I expect Disney to produce a series of fun, forgettable films in the spirit of Roland Emmerich or Stephen Sommers.

  4. Good news would be if he put the movies in the public domain so that anyone could be free to make their own sequels/prequels.

  5. I have to think hard about this once the fun and jokes dies down.

    If they picked the right story and director, I would be on board for SW 7. A very big if…

  6. I’m very excited about this news for several reasons:
    1.) Lucas can’t write and can’t direct his way out of a paper bag. Moreover, his constant tinkering with the classic movies has rubbed me the wrong way. There are some good set pieces in the prequels and the CGI is outstanding – what they lacked was a writer to pull together a vision and a director that could manage it. I feel Lucas had a vision of what he wanted, but no idea on how to do it.

    2.) Disney has had an excellent track record with what it’s done with Marvel Studios – I can’t understand why people who love “The Avengers” and “Toy Story 3” are so upset about Disney owning Lucasfilm. You do realize those are Disney properties, yes? Why do you assume that these will be fun and mindless when Disney’s other studios are producing quality? What’s stopping Disney from saying to Lucasfilm: “See that Avengers movie over there? THAT. More of that.” Heck, there’s nothing preventing Lucasfilm from getting a director like Wheedon (not Wheedon himself – I think he’s kinda busy) and giving him control.

    3.) This is huge for Pixar and Marvel and Disney Studios. ILM and Pixar are the two biggest names in the world of CGI. Now they can share copyrighted source code between each other. Moreover, Marvel and Disney movies just got a heck of a lot cheaper now that they don’t have to outsource to ILM.

    4.) There was no way a Star Wars TV show would ever happen without a major bit of cash. It still might not. But if there was one company that could pull it off, it would be Disney. I personally feel a live-action SW TV series would be, if it was even just moderately good, a license to print money. Disney has a network (ABC). They have other networks to do cross-promotion. They’re already doing a SHIELD TV show, which one could see as a pilot project. Now they have an in-house effects company (ILM) for that.

    5.) Star Wars Weekends at Disney are truly awesome – if you love SW and have never been, you don’t know what you’re missing. Disney World has a huge amount of land in Buena Vista, FL. Why couldn’t they make a SW theme park and do SW weekends year round?

  7. One thing we know the Disney/Pixar people understand very well is basic story structure. This in itself is encouraging.

  8. Jeff Patterson // October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am //

    If the new runners elect to eschew “modern mythology” and stick to the pulp/space opera roots, they’ll do better by default.

  9. A Christopher Nolan directed Thrawn Trilogy sounds good to me.

  10. My concern is whether they use the EU stories or not. I’ve been immersed in the Expanded Universe for most of my life, from the Thrawn Trilogy all the way to the latest novels, which take place some 35-40 years after the original trilogy.

    On the one hand, they would be STUPID not to use the Thrawn Trilogy as the next set of movies; Timothy Zahn’s books are iconic, and a perfect follow-up to RotJ. I quiver with anticipation.

    But on the other hand, that trilogy, and in fact all the books, which are OFFICIAL CANON, contain a whole lot of Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, etc… only about 5-6 years older than they were in RotJ.

    So they would have to re-cast them. And that’s opening up a hell of a can of worms.

    Or, they’re going to dump on SW fans the world over and ignore OFFICIAL CANON, since hey, that was Lucas, not Disney right? And fire the story off in some other stupid direction.

    I’m half filled with anticipation, half filled with dread.

    Ironically, if they completely skipped about 30 years of canon and set the new movies in the current Legacy of the Force story arc, then Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford would fit their roles PERFECTLY. Carrie Fisher on the other hand…. yeesh.

  11. Joshua Corning // October 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm //

    Star Wars sucks and is irrevocably ruined. It would have been better if it simply died with Lucas.

    Better to make something new.

    • Joshua Corning // October 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm //

      Should note that 4 billion is a lot of cash that could have been spent developing new or over-looked properties.

      Hollywood, by Disney example, is now proven brain dead.

  12. Lens Flares Suck // November 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm //

    So, we can get another GL cgi crap fest or a disney cgi crap fest. If two guys fighting with laser swords is cool, FIVE HUNDRED GUYS FIGHTING WITH LASER SWORDS WOULD BE EVEN COOLER?

    That’s the thinking in movie land these days. Throwing crap at the screen is not composition.

    No one involved in this will have the balls to say, ‘you can’t keep getting bigger’.

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