Disney has just purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. It is currently 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas, who walks away with 2.025 billion dollars in his pocket and around 40 million shares in Disney. Lucas had this to say:
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. 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. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
Now I’m going to tell you as a lifelong Star Wars fan why this is the greatest thing to ever happen. Yes, you heard me correctly. I have a feeling most Star Wars fans will be upset about this, but not I. I shan’t shed a tear for the man who has been hell-bent on destroying Star Wars. For example this gem of an addition in the recent Blu-ray re-release:
Changing the original movies is silly of Lucas, but oh does he love to do it. That for me is how he destroyed Star Wars. I know most people might ask me “oh, well what about the prequels?” I actually don’t have a problem with them. I mean they are for the most part crappy, but I can appreciate them for whatever it is that they are. I can still go enjoy the original three movies. The three prequels don’t taint that experience for me.
Now for the reason I am so incredibly excited to see Disney take on the Star Wars franchise. There are two reasons in fact: Pixar and Marvel. Both studios have made amazing movies since being acquired by Disney. Look at Marvel’s Avengers movie last fall, comic book fans even five years ago could never have dreamed an avengers movie would ever happen. The same way Star Wars fans couldn’t dream a Star Wars movie could happen again after the credits rolled on the turd that was Revenge of the Sith.
George Lucas only directed the first of the original trilogy. He was a rookie filmmaker and as such would have been on a tighter leash. By the time he decided to make the Prequels he had what I like to call “fuck you money”. You know, when you have so much money you can basically just say fuck you to anyone. At least that is my theory on why the Prequels are nowhere near as good as the original trilogy. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm means for the first time since Return of the Jedi we will have a fresh face in the directors chair and this my friends is what I am most excited about.
Tonight I will dream. I will dream a dream of Christopher Nolan’s Star Wars.