So have you heard?
Of course you had.
Well I didn’t know any deal was in the works, so I was quite shocked. Although honestly my reaction was not quite as dramatic as I wish it would be because I was busy memorizing audit-ish things for my midterm when I heard the news.
I mean how could Lucas do that? Star Wars was like his love child with something called awesomeness. It’s like giving up his baby for adoption when (it seems like) he can take care of it on his own. I mean sure us fans have this love-hate relationship with him which might have scared him off to retiring, but we are not that annoying, are we?
Honestly, I don’t like the idea. I don’t like the idea of Disney probably tweaking it even a lot further than Lucas did. I don’t want it to be just another money making kingdom with ‘eh’ quality new products. I don’t want people pushing it to have new sequels or remakes just to rip off the young generations. I mean, Disney is planning on making new features every 2-3 years. Assuming I will live for another 60 years (some wishful thinking), there will be 20 new Star Wars films by the time of my death. 20 films? How are they going to maintain the quality? And the freshness of the story? New films can easily be the next Cars 2, or Pirates of The Caribbean 4. Sure, people (and me, a seasonal hypocrite) will still see it but come on, quality over quantity Disney! You don’t want us to go see a movie then immediately bitch about it, do you?
In the other hand though, maybe it’s not the worst idea in the world. Names like JJ Abrams and Brad Bird have been put out to direct episode 7, 8, or 9. Good hands they have. And Lucas will still be consulted for the next movies so we can’t really choose to not take a chance right? It’s not like Lucas was planning to do the franchise any more good. Seeing it now, this deal can turn out good or bad, there’s still no way of telling. All we can do is wait for 2015 to see how Disney set the bar for the first ever new Star Wars film by Disney.
Just to be clear, make new Star Wars all you want Disney, but there will never be any butterflies in my stomach like there were when Han said “My hands are dirty too, what are you afraid of?” in episode 5.