Well, LucasFilm is selling out, literally.
Disney just announced that they are acquiring George Lucas’ company for roughly $4.05 billion in cash and stock. In addition to acquiring the company, they announced a seventh Star Wars movie.
(At this point, if you’re not a fan of Star Wars, this story is over for you. It gets SUPER nerdy, consider yourself warned.)
Honestly, I’m not sure if I should be excited or furious. In one sense, there is so much to the Star Wars universe that could be explored by another film. They could do something with Yoda as a young jedi, or go further back. It’s the equivalent of the Lord of the Rings doing a movie with a young Elrond. Probably not a sin, but definitely all about the money.
Alternatively, they could do a 3-hour party scene on Endor. Meh.
Here’s what Lucas had to say about selling his baby:
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.
To celebrate (or mourn) the transfer of a classic story from it’s original owner who cares about the integrity of the story to the company who made Cars 2, here are a few memes:
In case you’re wondering, I’m not *really* that much of a Star Wars purist. If they make a movie, I’ll be there on opening night. But I *have* consciously thought: “I hope that the last scene of Star Wars is always an Ewok dance party.” It looks like the chances of that are slim.
So, how do you feel? Star Wars 7?