Disney buys LucasFilm, no…really

Suddenly this team-up doesn’t feel so far-fetched.

I was strolling around the internet (tra-la-la), celebrating the news that COMMUNITY was just confirmed to return in February. That’s when I saw this:

Disney bought LucasFilm and now Star Wars Episode 7 announcement. Geeks everywhere are gasping in horror.

Then this:

Disney to Buy Lucasfilm For $4.05B in Cash and Stock http://www.benzinga.com/news/12/10/3039512/disney-to-buy-lucasfilm-for-4-05b-in-cash-and-stock … via @benzinga O.o HOLY SHIT!

This tweet is my favorite:

Suddenly that Disney logo with the Imperial March playing behind it isn’t quite as funny….

That’s right, folks. This is happening. It’s not April Fool’s Day; this is reality. Here, I’ll even link you to the official press release. I’m really intrigued, scared, and am waiting with tepid exhilaration. Once we all get over the initial shock of this news — I’m still swimming in the chaos occurring within my fangirl brain — we should look at what Disney has proven to us just the past summer. They can do action movies not so directed to little kids (Avengers, John Carter, Prince of Persia). Okay, so the last two mentioned in the parenthesis weren’t as great as they could be, but the action! Eh? Eh? …eh…AVENGERS!

I’m curious to see what will become of Episode 7, where will the story pick up and all that jazz. Will the expanded universe books, some currently considered to be canon, be incorporated or retconned? What of the live action TV series we’ve been quietly anticipating for years? Will it finally gain momentum or fall to the wayside in Hollywood limbo?

So many questions! We’ll just have to wait and see.

Some final random thoughts:

  • A proper Star Wars Land for all of us to play in!
  • WTF? Does Disney own the world now?
  • I can just see George Lucas McScrooging it up in his money tower.
  • GASP! What about INDIANA JONES???
  • Did Disney get bored with their partnership with DreamWorks and decided to BUY LucasFilm?
  • Does this mean Leia is now a Disney Princess?
  • Your move, Warner Bros. Disney just gave you another $4 billion incentive to get your butts off those kushy chairs and make some superhero movies.

UPDATE: In case you’re wondering to what extent does Disney own Lucas-owned property, three words: All of it.

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

With all of this included, the deal seems like a steal now.

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One thought on “Disney buys LucasFilm, no…really

  1. Actually I think that John Carter was a pretty good film. Its Prince of Persia that was just kinda so-so.

    Anywho, I seriously doubt that the expanded universe will stand up in any form. Companies always assume that the general public is stupid and don’t want any references to things that may make that same public feel like they’re not getting the whole story. If Episodes 7-9 reference anything it will only be the other 6 movies. If we’re lucky they’ll just happen so far in the future that it won’t directly contradict the expanded universe either but if we’re not they’ll obviously retcon it.

    According to interviews by Mark Hamill who claims to be “in the know” about such things, Lucas’ idea for the final trilogy always involved Luke as a really old man passing the torch to the new generation of Jedi that he had trained so this should happen far in the future. We’ll just have to see how things turn out.

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