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October 30, 2012

Disney to buy Lucasfilm and make new Star Wars films


Disney want to buy Lucasfilm for $4bn. Which is what they bought Marvel for. Not only that but they want a new Star Wars film and they want it in 2015. Wasn't the rumour that they bought Pixar because they wanted a new Toy Story film? Something like that. George Lucas will be a consultant on the film.

Wow.

What is George going to do with all that money?

I don't feel very good about a new Star Wars film. If you'd asked me thirty years ago I'd have wanted more of course. When I was about eight or so someone at school said that there were nine films and that George had written them all, how I wished to see those films. But I don't think the post RotJ trilogy was ever more than a glimmer in his eye. I'm not one of those sad fan boy purists who loves the original trilogy but hates the prequels. I like the prequels. Plus I remember that I saw Star Wars when I was four years old. Star Wars was a kids film, as are the new films. As is the animated series, which is probably the purest manifestation of what George Lucas was aiming for with Star Wars, a Saturday morning adventure series. But isn't the story done now? The story of Anakin Skywalker. I was quite looking forward to the live action television series which never materialised because there seems scope to do something interesting with that, something different. But another film? With Disney behind it?!

The only hope I have is that Toy Story 3 was amazing. And the Marvel films have been okay. So Disney, if you're going to make a new Star Wars film: make it good.