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Posted on 10/30/2012 6:40:23 PM PDT by Nachum
BREAKING . Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. The last Star Wars movie release was 2005s Revenge Of The Sith and we believe theres substantial pent-up demand, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.
The stock and cash transaction is worth an estimated $4.05 billion, and the companies have scheduled a conference call in a half-hour to discuss the deal, which was approved by the Disney board and Lucas, the sole Lucasfilm shareholder. (UPDATE: Disneys Iger: Three New Star Wars Movies Mapped Out; TV Plans Too)
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This is the really important news of the day.
Lucas and Disney will Gross 100 Billion Dollars on the endlessness of Star Wars.
I say this as a Star Wars Fan.
Wonder what it will be? “Heir to the Empire”, “New Republic” or something a 1000 years in the future?
Here are some ideas...
This IS big news. I’m as dedicated a Star Wars fan as anyone, yet fully understand how Lucas screwed up the series with dreadful Episodes 1, 2 and 6 (the other 3 were actually quite good). But the universe he created is so engaging and alluring, and the sale of the franchise should be viewed as a great chance for Disney to develop further that universe without the clumsy directorial hand of Lucas at the wheel.
After the first three, they got to be terrible!
I’m numb with anticipation.
aftere the first two they started to go from bad to worse.
do not forget the comic-relief ewoks - the pre gungans - episode 6 brought us.
ep’s 1, 2 and 3 has some of the dryest, monotonic, robotic acting and crappy dialog i have ever heard. half the time it looked like the actors were just killing time. and it’s not entirely their fault, lucas’ storylines and dialog were awful and much of the time they were acting in bare studios in front of green screens.
Star Trek and got progressively worse with each new series. I haven’t seen Star Wars episode 3, but since 1 and 2 were awful, I can’t imagine it being that much better.
I wish executives would stop trying to squeeze the last drop out of franchises. There are plenty of great series that actually need fleshed out! How about Firefly?
No,thanks...I have no use for any of them but the first three.
I was really excited about this news until I saw this line. More of the same sequel crap, more Jar Jar, more whinycrybaby Darth Vaders, more gay protocol droids... Ugh!
George Lucas started to take the franchise too seriously. Part of that was deciding he was going to use it to lecture the public on liberal politics. He lost the vision, the pure storytelling idealism of traditional Western mythos, got caught up in Eastern/Buddist style sermonizing.
He made a mess. Maybe Disney will do better. They are pretty good storytellers, even if they do often go crazy.
I waited through massive crowds to see Star Wars I in 1977, and the wait was worth it. However, there should never have been any sequels or antecedents.
I didn’t care for Star Wars II (1980). The third episode was better, but didn’t approach the quality Star Wars I. I only saw the first of the antecedents that started coming out in the 1990’s, and it was so disappointing that I refused to see any of the others.
Lucas was never a great director — and unfortunately, the writing decision to have Jedi and galactic nobility speak very formally combined with not getting phenomenally talented actors made a great director a necessity if his scripts for Eps. 1-3 were to come off at all well. (Portman and the twit he got to play the nascent Darth Vader showed at times they could credibly convey emotion appropriate to the circumstance, but they needed a great director to push them to do it throughout the movie, and they had Lucas instead.)
The biggest problem with Eps. 1-3 is that they were conceived of as one work, and the overall story-arcs (which were actually quite good — the rise of the Empire and the fall of Anakin Skywalker) were cut into three pieces without any satisfying endings for the first two. Add the absurd visual clutter (incl. Jar-Jar Binks) and short arcs which were put in only to make video-game spin-offs (the pod race, the Jedi-as-detectives flying car sequences), and you could barely see the original conception.
Actually the problem with the ewoks was not the concept, but the failure to execute: the whole forest should have been moving with the little teddy-bears giving the impression of tens of thousands of them (or more), and there should have been a lot more casualties.
I’m excited, too. Our family really likes the Star Wars Universe. We just think it deserves better movies. With Disney, it could go either way, but I’ll take that chance, as it’s better than nothing.
ROTJ and the prequels killed the Star Wars franchise for me. Yeah, I know, I’m an idiot, I went and saw every one. That being said, I don’ think Disney could screw it up any worse, but from here on out, I won’t see the new film until I’ve heard good enough word-of-mouth or it goes to video.
Truthfully, I am sucker for these movies. Can’t get enough.
Many Star Wars fans would disagree...
I think the best of the episodes was the second - Empire Strikes Back.
At the time, it disappointed many, but when viewed in context with the others, many consider it to be the best episode.
After episodes 1,2,3 didn't do as well as expected, and some of the fans absolutely hated them, I thought Lucas had given up on it. But maybe Disney sees a profitable opportunity. I don't know whether to expect it to be better or worse than under the direction of Lucas.
Disney now owns Pixar, The Muppets, Marvel Comics and Star Wars.
If Obama is elected to a second term, how long before we see an antitrust lawsuit a la Clinton’s Microsoft debacle?
Lucas took an exciting premise and turned it into a maudlin soap opera. Changing Darth Vader into Luke’s father (and Leia into his sister) was the beginning of long sereies of disastrous buzzkills.
There’s already a whole canon of books. Leia and Han have twins, a boy and a girl, and the Jedi school starts over with Luke.
I didn't like it because it featured a series of defeats for the good guys and the ending left you hanging.
The reviewer for Commentary also panned the film. He wondered why Darth Vader was alive in the second episode when he had apparently been blown up and presumably killed in the first. He apparently missed Darth Vader's escape. That scene is so brief that you'll miss it if you choose that moment to blink your eye.
“At the time, it disappointed many, but when viewed in context with the others, many consider it to be the best episode.”
I’ll never forget seeing “The Empire Strikes Back” the night it was released with my dad. I was 6 years old. I cried the entire way home after seeing it ... not cause I thought it was terrible ... I simply thought that Han Solo was dead and they’d never save him :-).
I think ESB is the best of all of them too. I actually prefer watching it on an old CED Videodisc I have that my dad bought. I still need to see it on BluRay though ;-).
I found Episode II “Attack of the Clones” to be so terrible that I *wanted* the Jedi to be slaughtered by the end of it ... a bunch of doped-up-on-midichlorian, self-righteous, pompus asses. Liberals with lightsabers and gay, dynamic poses ... that’s all they were :-P. At least Yoda figured it all out when he marooned himself on Dagobah :-).
The person that posted that “Return of the Jedi” should have had tens of thousands of Ewoks is 100% right! Only a few teddy bears here and there made it look silly, but thousands of those things on screen would have made it far more interesting. I had never considered that!
That Ewok stuff really distracted from the awesome space combat scene with Lando flying the Millennium Falcon and Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar ... not to mention the Luke/Vader duel :-).
I doubt any sequels are going to live up to expectations. I really wish they’d make spinoffs that take place in the same universe. I can’t see them being worse than the prequels, but I doubt they’ll out do the originals ... those main characters in the original trilogy had damn near perfect synergy. With the right directors/writers, who knows though ... I think JJ Abrams did an amazing job with Star Trek ... anything’s possible.
On another note, I’d love to see them get a new actor to play Indiana Jones and have him screw with the Soviets in the late 40s :-). I know “Crystal Skull” was well hated, but they did mention that he made it to the rank of Colonel spying on the Russians :-).
It had a racist theme - and that was the redeeming part.
The original trilogy was aimed at the high school and college market. The second trilogy was aimed at the elementary school market.
More please! :)
The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie by far. The reason it’s the best is because it’s the one that Lucas had the least to do with. He let a better director direct it, and better writers write the script.
The prequels are terrible because Lucas had total control. There was apparently no one around willing or able to tell him how stupid and ridiculous his ideas had become.
Actually the third prequel is much better than the first two. However, that’s not saying much since the first two are complete pieces of excrement.
The third one is mediocre; watchable, but with still with the stench of Lucas all over it.
I actually think Lucas did a mostly great job in casting the prequels. I don’t blame Portman and Christensen at all, because they had nothing to work with. You need a decent script or a good director; they had neither. Can you imagine trying to breath life into Lucas’ horrible dialogue, under his terrible direction?
I think it was critic Richard Roeper who put it best when he said some directors can take mediocre actors and get great performances out of them, but Lucas takes great actors and makes them look mediocre.
What absolutely killed the prequels for me, was all the CGI. The realism of the originals vs cartoons.
I also waited in those crowds because my girlfriend wanted to see it. I thought it was stupid then and nothing has changed my mind about it since. I've only seen bits and pieces of a couple of the other movies and even those few minutes were wasted moments of my life. My girlfriend's roommate and her boyfriend were totally smitten by it tho and I guess the franchise hasn't suffered much due to the lack of my business.
Star Tours in Walt Disney World was pretty cool when it first came out but other rides have passed it by with better special effects. They recently updated it into a 3D adventure but I didn't think it had the impact of the first one. I imagine there will be more themed rides coming to Disney now that they own it.
Yeah, that was yet another bad decision by Lucas.
I am stoked to see the last three Star Wars movies getting made. It was put out years ago that the whole story would be nine films - the fist three, three prequels and three sequels.
I’m guessing that the next three movies will chronicle the adventures of the next generation of the Skywalker family, another intrigue and action-packed Galactic political upheaval, and some final reconciliation of the Sith and the Jedi, bringing balance to the Force.
I hope that the Disney folks don’t change it into another socialist indoctrination vehicle. In the Star Wars series so far, the good guys were fighting for liberty and the bad guys fighting to impose an all-powerful dictatorial government. I’m guessing they won’t be able to resist making the happy ending an utopian communal society of some sort, unless the story was already locked in when the contracts were signed.
Perhaps they will at least insist on getting some gay characters written in, so they merchandise a bunch of latex toy products.
You prove my point, they’re bipedal gerbils. They’re food for everything else in the woods. What’s so great about them?
I think Lucas really got obsessed with the “moichandising” starting with Return of the Jedi. He always had merchandise in the back of his mind, but it never seemed to be the impetus for the characters he created, just an extra bonus that could come from them. He liked the idea of a Chewbacca mug and and R2-D2 cookie jar, but those ideas clearly popped into his head after the creation of the characters, and weren’t the reason why they were created.
That was true until we got the Ewoks, transparently given teddy-bear designs that were intended from their conception to be sold in toy stores. Then in the next movie, 16 years later, we got Jar Jar. Again, this was a character transparently made to appeal to very young children, undoubtedly for the express purpose of selling toys.
I think Lucas dialed that attitude back a bit after Episode I merchandise did not sell as well as expected, much like the Ewoks never became the merchandising bonanza Lucas expected (I think they were quickly usurped by Cabbage Patch Kids dolls). Jar Jar’s part was of course scaled way back in the next two movies. Revenge of the Sith seemed to be getting back to the way the original movie became marketable, with weird, spooky villains and big, bold, sci-fi hardware, instead of cutesy, childish characters.
I think every Stars Wars movie since then was something they made up on the fly, rather than a calculated decision.
I agree 100%.
The prequels were unwatchable.
Empire had to show Luke's temptation, and how the premature termination of his training cost more than he'd bargained for. It also set the table for Luke's realization of what he needed to become, and in the first half of Jedi he ultimately succeeded.
Then it all went to nyub-nyub hell when the Ewoks showed up.
The issue at the time, I believe, was cost. Originally it was reported that Lucas had wanted to make Endor-IV a planet of wookies but the makeup/costumes wouldn't fit the budget. Plus Moochelle was still in Chicago at the time taking her own training under Darth Ayres and was unavailable for filming.
We finally saw the Wookie homeworld (Kashyyk) in Revenge of the Sith thanks to the wonders of CGI (or if not CGI then it might have been filmed in a lezbo bar near the Lucasfilm studios outside San Fran Sicko).
Episode IV - A New Hope - probably best movie ever (though I was 10 at the time)
Episode V - Empire Strikes back, was pretty good (though I was like 13 at the time)
Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - Ridiculously Stupid Muppet Movie (was senior at time)
Episode I - The phantom menace - Most godawful piece of trash I had ever seen - boring as hell
Episode II - The clone wars - Amazingly even more godawful than Episode 1
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Not as godawful as the previous 2, but still a major let down
Episode VII - probably won’t waste my time
“If I’m not mistaken, “Star Wars” was originally a Stand Alone movie, an old-fashioned sci-fi Western/swashbuckler movie, a tribute to the old Errol Flynn flicks.
Back in the 1970’s there were so many “gritty, realistic” movies going around a lot of folks wanted to see something more escapist.
I think every Stars Wars movie since then was something they made up on the fly, rather than a calculated decision.”
I’m not so sure about that. I remember when Star Wars first came out there were several novels that were out at the time that were both sequels and prequels. I specifically remember the title Clone Wars from 1977. I even remember talk way back then (1977) that there was supposed to be 3 in the series, then 3 prequels, and then 3 more for a total of 9 movies.
sorry, the books are NOT canon. Tho they are included in the timeline, Luca$h himself said they DO NOT count.
Thank God for that small favor.
I’ve been a fan since 77, HAT what Luca$h did to the movies.
He lost my money a long time ago, and not even Disney is gonna change that.
ep 6 would have been better with no ewoks and the small squad fighting like a special ops/delta force guerilla style. seriously. it killed the momentum of the movie and added characters that were only there as plot props. the movie did not need fighting teddy bears.
That's correct. I saw Episode 4 in 1977 on opening day in 1977 at the Coronet Theater in SF. It was well known then that Lucas intended to do the nine movies in his lifetime. The rumors were that he even signed Mark Hamill to a long-term contract for the last three episodes when Hamill would be in his fifties, rumors were discounted after Hamill's accident.
That's why many (including me) did not like it at the time, but when viewed in context with the other two, it's great.
With respect, JJ Abrams butchered the Star Trek "reboot" and future development of the Star Trek universe/mythos/canon, although from the studios' profit perspective and the newer generation of viewers who consider "Transformers" and such as quality entertainment, I'm certain it will continue to be lauded as "breathtaking" and "groundbreaking".
If Disney really wants to "reboot" or, to put it less hyperbolically, simply re-vitalize and restore the Star Wars franchise in a manner that can be both commercially successful yet appeal to audiences who appreciate both the effective use of CGI where appropriate AND a coherent, intelligent plot and storyline, they should consider turning the project over to someone like Joss Whedon or J. Michael Straczynski.