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Disney buys LucasFilms: Star Wars Episode VII in the Works
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:27:53 pm »
I wasn't one of those lucky people who got to see the original Star Wars films in the theaters, but I grew up on the originals and was...accepting...of the final three no matter how terrible the acting or unbelievable the explanations.

That said I was fairly happy with the thought that Lucas would be leaving the main story line alone to focus on other endeavors;but with Disney purchasing the company and gearing up for another film release in 2015 (from what I've heard) I'm not feeling too excited.

Any other Star Wars fans heard this development? What do you think? Will Disney revitalize the franchise or are we in for more Gungans and bad acting?
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Re: Disney buys LucasFilms: Star Wars Episode VII in the Works
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012, 01:31:18 pm »
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Some things to keep in mind.

Stories and universes that are malleable and open to multiple storytellers resist stagnation. There are millions of stories that can (and have!) been told in the Star Wars universe; giving this to Disney (and thus many, many more directors than Lucas) will open up creative freshness to a franchise that needs it.

No one - in this fan's opinion - could possibly ruin Star Wars more than Lucas did in the new trilogy. Jar Jar, whining angsty Anakin, "Ani you're breaking my heart!" etc.

Also, Disney bought Marvel. Then we got the Avengers move. I am totally okay with this.
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Re: Disney buys LucasFilms: Star Wars Episode VII in the Works
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 01:57:03 pm »
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Some things to keep in mind.

Stories and universes that are malleable and open to multiple storytellers resist stagnation. There are millions of stories that can (and have!) been told in the Star Wars universe; giving this to Disney (and thus many, many more directors than Lucas) will open up creative freshness to a franchise that needs it.

No one - in this fan's opinion - could possibly ruin Star Wars more than Lucas did in the new trilogy. Jar Jar, whining angsty Anakin, "Ani you're breaking my heart!" etc.

Also, Disney bought Marvel. Then we got the Avengers move. I am totally okay with this.

 
I am (not surprisingly) agreeing with everything Sage said.  Although I'm not a big Star Wars fan, I think that universe does have potential from a storytelling perspective.  And getting rid of a (at best) hit-or-miss storyteller would probably be a good thing for the franchise.

Now that said, my first thought upon hearing about the buy-out was "no good can come of this."


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Re: Disney buys LucasFilms: Star Wars Episode VII in the Works
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 03:12:47 pm »
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I am (not surprisingly) agreeing with everything Sage said.  Although I'm not a big Star Wars fan, I think that universe does have potential from a storytelling perspective.  And getting rid of a (at best) hit-or-miss storyteller would probably be a good thing for the franchise.

Now that said, my first thought upon hearing about the buy-out was "no good can come of this."

 
Agreed.  I had the same reactions.  I'm a huge fan of the original 3 and I did like Revenge of the Sith, the other 2 I would prefer to never acknowledge them again.  Maybe now Lucas will be cut off from the decision making now since his judgment is ..ahem.. questionable.

As for Disney, yes we got the Avengers from them. And let's face it, they are about making money first and they tend to do so rather well.  They do own A TON of other companies out there that make pretty good movies.  I believe Dimension is one of theirs and they produce some pretty intense horror flicks.  I also seem to recall that one of record companies they own supported Insane Clown Posse.  Now I don't care for that band at all, but they aren't exactly kid friendly.  So just because it's Disney does not mean it's going to be super-childish.

I'm going to be hopeful about this.  I really really hope they won't make the next ones won't be on the same level as the prequels, and I doubt they will because it would not appeal to as many fans which would mean it would not make as much money.  

Who knows?  This might be exactly what's needed.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012, 04:34:09 pm »
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I'm going to be hopeful about this.  I really really hope they won't make the next ones won't be on the same level as the prequels, and I doubt they will because it would not appeal to as many fans which would mean it would not make as much money.

 
I think it would be really cool to explore the EU (Expanded Universe) we have through sanctioned Star Wars novels. I sadly have yet to read through one of the books all the way through, but I'm friends with so many Star Wars geeks I know a lot through osmosis. In particular, Timonthy Zahn's Heir to the Empire and related books/series. With Luke and Mara Jade and Leia and Han's offspring, and what happens after the heroes celebrate with the Ewoks at the end of Return of the Jedi?!?!

Only problem is, I'm not sure how the fanbase would accept recasts for the main three, especially since all three actors are still alive. (Star Trek seemed to take the 2009 reboot movie pretty well, but that's a horse of a different color.) It would be cool if they bumped the story up a few decades and we got to see what the galaxy was like 30-40 years after the original trilogy, with the original trio of actors popping up for small cameos.

Also, all I want for Christmas is the ghost of Samuel L. Jackson and the ghost of Samuel L. Jackson's purple lightsaber guiding on the next generation of Jedi. I don't care if it's a cameo in the background. Sam Jackson makes everything better.
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Re: Disney buys LucasFilms: Star Wars Episode VII in the Works
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012, 05:05:52 pm »
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Who knows?  This might be exactly what's needed.



Yep.  New blood and new talent.  I don't hate the prequels, but hell yes they were flawed.  Lucas can dream up great stories, but even though Ep3 was awesome, the best film is still one Lucas didn't direct (or write).  

With Avengers, Disney was wise enough to bring people who know and respect the source material.  Lucas trusted them enough to hand over his story treatments for the new trilogy and back quietly away. If Disney is as savvy with the Star Wars property then I think it'll be good.  (Hmmm.... Joss Whedon writing/directing the new movies?  Not a bad idea...)
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012, 05:10:23 pm »
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(Hmmm.... Joss Whedon writing/directing the new movies?  Not a bad idea...)

 
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 05:12:29 pm »
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(Hmmm.... Joss Whedon writing/directing the new movies?  Not a bad idea...)

 
....That might actually work.


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I will sell my left kidney on the black market to make this happen.


Joss Whedon for story and setting, Peter Jackson for scope. If those two could collaborate, I imagine the new Star Wars could rival the first three in shear imagination stirring fandom-frothing power...but that's just me.

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2012, 07:20:02 pm »
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Some things to keep in mind.

Stories and universes that are malleable and open to multiple storytellers resist stagnation. There are millions of stories that can (and have!) been told in the Star Wars universe; giving this to Disney (and thus many, many more directors than Lucas) will open up creative freshness to a franchise that needs it.

No one - in this fan's opinion - could possibly ruin Star Wars more than Lucas did in the new trilogy. Jar Jar, whining angsty Anakin, "Ani you're breaking my heart!" etc.

Also, Disney bought Marvel. Then we got the Avengers move. I am totally okay with this.

 
Word on the street (and by street I mean the net) is that the new trilogy will have totally new characters and story lines. The new worlds, races, and dramas that can pulled from the canon is mind wobbling.

It's the same reason I hope, one day, someone decides to make movies based off of material from the Silmarillion or one of Tolkien's epic poems.
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2012, 10:50:00 pm »
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Word on the street (and by street I mean the net) is that the new trilogy will have totally new characters and story lines.

 
:eek:

I'm so happy I could cry.

It would be awesome if it weren't all about the Jedi, you know? Like, let's see how normal folks live. Or see the Jedi Academy dropouts. :D Not the evil ones, but the ones who were just kinda 'meh' and failed their classes and ended up, I dunno, using their Force telekineses to move heavy machinery on farms.
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Joss Whedon for story and setting, Peter Jackson for scope. If those two could collaborate, I imagine the new Star Wars could rival the first three in shear imagination stirring fandom-frothing power...but that's just me.

I'm kind of a Peter Jackson fan girl.

 
Oooooooh man. *swoons* I wanna see THOSE Star Wars films.
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2012, 12:11:02 am »
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I wasn't one of those lucky people who got to see the original Star Wars films in the theaters, but I grew up on the originals and was...accepting...of the final three no matter how terrible the acting or unbelievable the explanations.

That said I was fairly happy with the thought that Lucas would be leaving the main story line alone to focus on other endeavors;but with Disney purchasing the company and gearing up for another film release in 2015 (from what I've heard) I'm not feeling too excited.

Any other Star Wars fans heard this development? What do you think? Will Disney revitalize the franchise or are we in for more Gungans and bad acting?

 
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What's wrong with seeing the little Anakin?

 
Because unpleasant things are associated with that name?


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