Reading another post on this article LITERALLY made me look at my cell phone to make sure that it was not indeed April Fools Day. The magnitude of this news is immediately stunning. Not because of the deal itself, but because of what this could mean to the “Star Wars” franchise in general. Let’s be honest, even though we pretty much all saw them, who didn’t want to gouge their eyes out after watching “Phantom Menace”, the uber-stiff acting and that insufferable Jar Jar Binks? Who doesn’t already realize that the worst of the original “Star Wars” trilogy was “A New Hope”, the one Lucas directed? When Lucas himself touches the franchise, we get pretty iffy movies. Now, that isn’t to say that battle scenes in “Attack of the Clones” weren’t in a word – stunning, and that “Revenge of the Sith” wasn’t the best of the three prequels. It just says that “Star Wars” is much better when written and directed by some one OTHER than Lucas himself.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” Lucas said. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
Lucas actually began pulling away from LucasFilm over a year ago and handed the reigns over to his second-in-command for over two decades, Kathleen Kennedy. So while this is a shock, it was almost – expected in a weird sort of way. But the raging question of what this means for the franchise looms over this news. Well, this is MY two cents. When Disney bought Marvel Comics, the internet almost broke in half thinking that the Hulk would be tip-toeing in the tulips with Mickey, or that the comics would start taking a softer, more gentler tone. NOTHING was farther from the truth. In fact, the successful acquisition has produced only the third largest grossing film (“Avengers”) of all-time and the comics have been consistently one of the best products in the industry (yes, yes, yes, DC is doing some swell stuff as well). So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it looks like Disney will be fast-tracking the production of Episode 7 for an slated release in 2015 (I squealed like a girl). A “Knights of the Old Republic” styled TV series – maybe – please? More “Star Wars” related comics under the Marvel imprint? Which brings up the whole relationship they have with “Dark Horse Comics” and the future of that… but, I may save this discussion for another post.
So I say, BRING IT ON! VIA CON DIOS, GEORGE LUCAS! The reigns of the ship have been loosened and maybe we will see other aspects of the wildly successful franchise finally come to life. So, I am all for it and have no reservations – yet.
However, I do have one MAJOR request of Disney – FOR GOD’S SAKE, RE-RELEASE THE ORIGINAL (UNTARNISHED) “STAR WARS” TRILOGY ON BLURAY!!!! I’ve REFUSE to buy the alternate ending, Hayden Christensen replacing David Prowse (grrrrr), discus-exploding versions that Lucas shoved down our throats. NEVER, I SAY! NEVER!!!!!