Mickey Purchases Star Wars
So, if you are that one person who hasn’t heard yet, let me fill you in. Yesterday Disney announced that it, after a year and a half of negotiating, has purchased the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas for a cool $4 Billion US Dollars, which gives George Lucas enough money to build his own full size Death Star… if Disney will grant him license. After the purchase Disney immediately goes on offense, announcing a new Star Wars trilogy, episodes 7, 8, and 9, with 7 already slated for a 2015 release, and the rest coming out every 2-3 years.
As a life long Star Wars fan, I am conflicted by this news. It bums me out that George Lucas has disappointed us again by selling out, seemingly putting himself before the fans who made him what he is. That said, Lucas wasnt doing anything with the franchise except making Yoda toilet seats, and Vader air fresheners, so the prospect of new Star Wars content is thrilling, plus putting some fresh blood into the franchise can only mean good things right? Lets be honest with ourselves, the next trilogy cant be any worse than the prequels, and even if they are we will still see them, then buy the blu-rays, and then buy a new “Complete Universe” box set when all 9 movies come back out. Disney could crap in a box, stick a fake light saber in it, and just spin that around on a turn table for 2 1/2 hours and we would all flock to see it.
I for one welcome our new overlords.