I don’t often blog about movie news here at FMR.
But this is enormous news, and bears discussion. I feel as though I need to say something. This is an unimaginable story. Seriously… could anyone have imagined this prior to today?
George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm to the Disney for $4.05 billion. Disney has already announced their intention for a new Star Wars film (Episode VII) in 2015, and a new movie every two to three years after that.
I’ve been having trouble concentrating on anything else since I heard this news… I had to put something up right away, so that anyone who wanted to could discuss.
Click through to read my thoughts and leave yours!
My immediate thoughts are threefold.
1) Good riddance. Lucas proved he had little to offer the franchise creatively with the subpar Episodes I-III, and his continued ghastly “revisions” to the original films.
2) I’m excited that the rights to the prior films will be in the hands of a company has no interest in perpetuating some asinine, retroactive “Creative Vision”. I eagerly await my restored, original trilogy Blu Rays, and I eagerly await seeing the unadulterated versions on TV as opposed to the CGI besmirched hack jobs.
3) I don’t hold the same trepidation regarding new Star Wars movies that I typically do with your typical revisitations. Lucas has already done the damage with the prequels. There’s literally nothing that can be done with further movies that can spoil the originals any further. I have a hard time imagining that the new movies can damage the franchise more than Lucas himself did.
I’m honestly ecstatic. For years I’ve harbored resentment towards the franchise of my childhood, all due to the continued intrusion of a director who had clearly lost his fastball, and a businessman who put his self-interest before the wants of the fans. As opposed to celebrating the movies (which you all know I love to do), I’ve been embittered and disenfranchised.
Well. No more. Couldn’t be happier! Let the Star Wars reconciliation begin!!