Yesterday is a day that will long be remembered: it has seen the end of the George Lucas era of Star Wars and the beginning of another. Disney is now the owner of the beloved franchise and is already at work, with George as consultant, on Episodes VII-IX. The galaxy from a long, long time ago is heading back to the big screen in 2015. I was part of an emergency meeting of The Observation Lounge’s first episode over at Trek.FM and I will post that link as soon as it is available. I collected some links from around the web about the big news. What all this means only time will tell, but as a fan of The Wars I can only say this; I am excited and hopeful for the future. Hope you enjoy and it seems that the Force is as strong as ever.
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The official press release from Disney. “Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.”
For Star Wars fans, today’s great news is seismic. The prospect of new movies invites a rush of questions as the mind races to grasp its implications. The one that sticks in my mind, though, isn’t about the movies. It’s: “Where were you when you heard?” While the temptation is to speculate wildly on what lies beyond the horizon and be mindful of the future, I also don’t want to lose track of the present, as Qui-Gon advises in Episode I.
The long conjectured third Star Wars trilogy has kept fans guessing for decades, and may even have a few numerologists working on their mysteries. George Lucas’s shifting feelings about future Star Wars trilogies have consistently clouded the picture. Given the difficulties associated with the birth of Star Wars in 1977, it’s no wonder that Lucas’s ideas kaleidoscoped. When trying to get such a big undertaking up and running and out the door, visions of the future are understandably hazy. But, as of October 30, 2012, Episodes VII, VIII & IX have been announced as real and soon to be tangible – but they’ve existed as gossamer spirits for nearly 40 years.
Now that Star Wars fans both the hardcore and the casual of exhausted themselves in celebration, like a 10-year old on a Halloween candy binge or an Ewok hopped up on Stormtrooper blood, it is time to take a step back and look at how Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney could shape the future direction of the franchise.
When Lucasfilm announced out of the blue today that Star Wars: Episode 7 was in development for a summer 2015 release, we know that the first question to pop into your head was a confused one: “How should I feel about this?” And perhaps you’re still puzzling out the emotional pros and cons of this unexpected new Star Wars installment, which will come as Disney acquires Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy replaces George Lucas as the head of the company. Still, as our initial shock settled, many more questions about the announcement popped to the fore, some of which we hope will be answered soon. Here are seven of the most pressing questions prompted by Episode 7.
One day ago, the idea of another live-action Star Wars movie seemed unthinkable. Now, we’re all bracing for a brand new trilogy, just around the corner. Could Star Wars: Episode VII be the antithesis of Episode I and actually restore, instead of suffocating, our love for this beloved adventure series? Lightsabers crossed, and all that.
It’s hard to know whether the number of people quoting Star Wars—“I’ve got a bad feeling about this”—beat the number of groan onomonopias and apocalypse wishes in response to today’s newsthat Disney bought LucasFilm and will put out a seventh Star Wars film in 2015. Regardless, the widespread reaction among fans isn’t good. After the CGI re-releases, prequels, the Clone Wars TV show, hack merchandising, and 3D retouchings, the beloved galaxy far away is being wrung out for a buck once again.
Breathe, Star Wars fans, breathe. Maybe lie down a minute.
Following Tuesday’s nerd-shattering announcement that the Walt Disney Company is buying Lucasfilm, and the plan includes Star Wars: Episode VII, in early development and hoping for a 2015 release, the speculative race is on for who should direct.