I’m Baaaaaack. Yes after almost 2 weeks without power, thanks to hurricane Sandy and her nor’easter friend, I felt as out of touch as Luke Skywalker on Tatooine— and speaking of which, I’m sure you all know by know that Star Wars creator George Lucas has sold his Star Wars franchise to none other than The House of Mouse.
Yep, old George has sold not only his Star Wars franchise, but also his entire company, Lucasfilms (which include SkywalkerSound, Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts) for a whopping $4.05 Billion dollars— That’s a lot of Bantha pudo!
Now I won’t bore you with the typical patting each other on the back statements from Disney and Lucas on how “It’s a natural fit”, etc, etc. What really matters is what the fans think.
So what do fans think? Well, from what I’ve garnered from the blogs, it seems that there are a lot of mixed feelings and fans are about as divided on this as the country was this last presidential election.
Some fans seem to feel that Disney will do a better job on Star Wars than Lucas. These are the fans that hate the new trilogy (Episodes 1-3) and feel a great resentment toward Lucas for tinkering with the original trilogy (and for also messing up Indiana Jones’ return to the big screen).
Then there’s the other camp that believe Disney will overshadow everything Lucas has built and corrupt Star Wars, making it even more “kid friendly”. These are generally the same fanboys that complained about Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics. These fans argue that Marvel’s comics have slipped a few pegs since the big purchase, causing Marvel to relinquish its number one status to DC in recent years, and feel that Disney will do the same to the Star Wars franchise.
One thing is for certain, Disney has announced plans for another Star Wars movie (episode 7), so at least in this respect, Disney is giving fans what they have been hoping for. And although they haven’t released any info about the new film, original Star Wars stars, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have all said that they would consider coming back to reprise their roles.
As usual rumors are already circulating that Disney may lean toward creating a new storyline with all new characters or they might just continue with where Return of the Jedi left off, creating CGI versions of Luke, Leia and Han (al la The Gollum) and having them “age” by the middle or end of the new trilogy (replacing the CGI versions with the actors) as the story advances through the years. As I said, these are just rumors and to be taken with a grain of salt.
I wouldn’t be for either approach, but I would like to see the storyline pick up, years later with an older Luke putting together a new Jedi Order and learning more about the Sith.
What do you think?