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Friday, November 2, 2012

Disney buys Lucasfilm, what does this mean for Star Wars fans?

(Photo: The Independent)
Mickey meet Luke.  Luke meet Mickey.  The biggest news and discussion this week has been the astounding news that Disney bought over Lucasfilm for a whopping $4.05 billion.  George Lucas heads into retirement and new president Kathleen Kennedy promises "a new Star Wars film every two to three years."

It's safe to that people had varied reactions to this.  They probably ranged from disbelief, to bewilderment and eventually leading to spirited discussions with fellow fans.  Me, I didn't know whether to be excited or horrified about the prospect of new movies.  The purist in me doesn't want any more of the films or the characters to be messed with.  And yet, this new deal brings forward so many possibilities for new stories in the universe to be told.  Does anyone remember the official Star Wars books that featured the kids of Luke and Leia? I recall reading a couple of those books in school.

It doesn't have to be only about Luke, Leia and Han and their past and families.  That bit has been explored, maybe too painfully for some fans who didn't want the original material to be messed.  With Lucas' retirement also comes the prospect of new directors.  Names like JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan are being thrown around excitedly but clearly this is a wish list for now.

But with every generation that comes along and discovers this magical wonderful story and it turns out they have different feelings on the possibility of more movies and stories to tell.  Disney's done a great job with the Marvel universe with the massive success of The Avengers this year along with the different stories of each Avenger independently as well.  It even brought about the return of Joss Whedon (even in a small way) back to television with the new S.H.I.E.L.D series.

A good director, a solid script and the anticipation of the casting, they all promise to bring that renewed spark to the series.  Episode VII doesn't seem that awful after all. May the force be with Disney!  They're certainly going to need it.

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