Five Reasons Why Star Wars Movies Will Be Better Under the Walt Disney Company
Star Wars fans around the world probably felt a major tremor in the Force on Tuesday as news broke across the universe that the Walt Disney Company is buying Lucasfilm from its founder George Lucas. And here's the kicker: The company is gonna start making Star Wars films almost immediately, with Episode VII coming out in 2015.
Better start planning your lineup now, Jedi fans.
The news of Disney's latest purchase of a geek-friendly franchise (the company also scooped up The Muppets in 2004 and Marvel Comics in 2009) is nothing but good news for fans of the space opera saga.
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Sure, there's plenty of irony in the fact that the company that produced the late-70s Star Wars ripoff The Black Hole now owns the entire Star Wars universe, but the fact of the matter is that the newest movies set in a galaxy far, far away will be far, far better than those execrable prequels. And we have five reasons why.
5. George Lucas' New Role
In addition to getting an estimated $4.05 billion for selling his company, which he has owned since its founding back in 1973, George Lucas will get a new job title in the deal: Creative consultant. It means he gets to provide ideas and input into new Star Wars-related projects - whether its the new movies, the oft-rumored live-action television series (if it ever happens), or those never-ending Clone Wars cartoons. Lucas has always been a better storyteller than a director or producer, and - when left to his own devices - created the aforementioned prequels. Now, he can still play a role but others will have the final say.
4. New Blood Behind the Scenes
When Paramount Pictures minimized the role of late Gene Roddenberry from the Star Trek move franchise in the early 1980s, want to know what the result was? The Wrath of Khan, which is essentially the yardstick by which every future cinematic Trek adventure on the silver screen has been, and ultimately will be, measured against. And it was only because two outsiders to the franchise (specifically Harve Bennett and Nicholas Meyer) were brought in to provide a fresh perspective. (The same could be said for J.J. Abrams' recent reboot of Captain Kirk and company in 2009.) We're positive that Star Wars would benefit with having someone else writing the script and manning the director's chair.