Actually, this may be the best piece of news I’ve heard all day, but I just couldn’t think of applicable quote to use to segue into this. TMZ is reporting that at a pricetag of $4 billion, Disney is buying Lucasfilm and not only that, but putting Star Wars: Episode 7 into development with a tentative release date of 2015. And if that doesn’t put a rock hard lightsaber in your pocket, Lucas is apparently only going to be offered a ‘creative consultant’ position on the film, which means, you guessed it, George Lucas will not be writing nor directing the next Star Wars film.
The only person more excited than this is Mark Hamill who is possibly looking at his first major film role in such a long time, that the Star Wars films were actually good last time he worked. And before you say, ‘Hey, won’t Disney just churn out some kiddie crap.’ Remember, George Lucas already did that. And it doesn’t work. So don’t expect a Mickey Mouse/Chewbacca crossover anytime soon.
Plus look at movies like Tron and the still-in-development Black Hole remake. The studio is capable of making grittier, darker, more adult fare. I’m sure more details on the deal will be released in the coming weeks concerning possible story directions for the film, returning characters, possible writer/directors, and of course the all-important and very necessary Jar-Jar Binks execution scene.
Why Lucas is suddenly selling off his company is anybody’s guess. Lucasfilm is home to the most successful franchise of all time and for Lucas to go ahead with the sale despite saying that Star Wars films were dead seems confusing. But you could probably look at the self-financed failure that was Red Tails as a possible explanation for why the one-time genius and current triple-chinned lumberjack may be eating his own words (as opposed to everything else he looks like he’s been eating lately).
The possibilities of this are limitless. Might this mean the original trilogy could be released in its true form? Is this the end of tinkering with Episodes 4, 5 and 6? Will Droids finally be revived? If only Disney had taken $4 billion out of its pocket a few years sooner, we may have been able to avoid the cinematic rape that was Crystal Skull.
I’m so excited I just want to blast this and dance, dance, dance…