Star Wars

George Lucas and friends…

So it appears that Disney now owns Lucasfilm. This is pretty big news, and if twitter is anything to go by, there’s a lot of people out there that have a bad feeling about this.

Some are arging that it’s all to do with money, but when isn’t it? Did George Lucas make the original films for free? Did they sell all those toys for free? Even I have moaned about Yoda selling his soul to the likes of Vodaphone (the little green corporate sell out).

This is the movie business and business is all about making money at the end of the day. And Star Wars is big business ($4 billion to be exact).

Lets face it, Star Wars has never been short of people mouthing off about it and most of those people are fans of the series. It’s a well known fact that Star Wars fans hate Star Wars (for more on this, I recommend you check out this fantastically written piece)

I can’t help feeling this is a good thing. I know it’ll probably end in crushing disappointment, but I’m an optimist.

Firstly, lets looks at Disney’s track record with it’s acquired assets.

There’s Pixar (which Lucas sold to them if I’m not mistaken), yep, I think that’s ended quite well for all involved there.

And then there’s this small comic book company called Marvel. Last time I checked, the last Marvel film to be released did quite well at the box office and also gained widespread critical acclaim, while turning Joss Whedon into a cinematic powerhouse who will most likely never hear the word “no” again in his career.

Granted, the last cinematic outing of Star Wars was disappointing and ultimately, the problem with the prequels was that they were too constrained by George Lucas’ vision.  Written and directed by one man, who’s is a great technical visionary but when it comes to actors, he can’t direct them for bantha fodder.

By the time The Phantom Menace hit our cinema screens, Star Wars had become a big universe and everyone had an idea in their head how the story should be told and how it should look.

With the upcoming Episode 7 and unlike the prequels, we have no idea what’s going to happen and as far as I’m concerned that’s brilliant. This is pretty much uncharted territory for Star Wars and from a story point of view, we’ve not had this since the opening of The Return of Jedi.

However, the best thing for me personally is that Star Wars can be enjoyed by a new generation. I can’t wait to take my son to see the new films, in the same way my dad couldn’t wait to show me his VHS recording of Superman The Movie.

Unlike others, I don’t have a bad feeling about this.  If Disney can achieve half as much as they have with the Marvel Avengers, then Star Wars should be in safe hands.

P.S. This of course means Disney now owns the rights to other Lucasfilm properties. It probably means Indiana Jones won’t be rushing out any time soon (thankfully some might argue).

However since Disney now own Marvel and Lucasfilm, I am crossing my fingers for a new Howard The Duck movie, perhaps one where he meets Donald.

Are you excited with the announcement of a new Star Wars trilogy? Who do you think should direct? Leave a comment below.

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.