In blockbuster entertainment news today, Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion and plans to release a new “Star Wars” film in 2015.
From Disney’s announcement:
This gives Disney infinite inspiration and opportunities to continue the epic Star Wars saga. Fans can expect a new feature film, Star Wars Episode 7, in theaters worldwide in 2015. George Lucas will serve as creative consultant on the film and Kathleen Kennedy, the filmmaker George handpicked to lead Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the rest of Lucasfilm into the future will be the executive producer (she’s also joining Disney as president of Lucasfilm). With this many characters to develop and stories to tell, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars feature film every two or three years for the foreseeable future.
This news has triggered a variety of reactions. From the “Star Wars” diehards who think anything past the original trilogy is blasphemous to the Disney junkies who think “Star Wars” could use that magical Disney touch. And, of course, plenty of funny. Here’s a HuffPo gallery of comical tweets.
We welcome your reaction in the comments, while Mike and Kathy debate whether this news is exciting or disheartening for “Star Wars” lovers.
MIKE: Lesson learned: One way to get people to stop talking about a hurricane or presidential election is for Disney to buy Lucasfilm and confirm plans for a new “Star Wars” movie. Daaaaaaamn! The news took over my social media feeds. Kathy, as another “Star Wars” devotee on The Beehive, I have to ask: What do you think of the news? Yay or nay?
KATHY: I’m somewhere in between yay and nay. Do you remember when Yoda said to Luke: “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny”? That was the first thing that popped into my heard when I heard the merger news. I mean, really, how much more control can Disney get over the geek world? They have Marvel, Pixar and now this.
MIKE: The first thing that popped in my head — and this shows the person I’ve become — is that I’ll get to take my son to see new “Star Wars” movies in the movie theater. So I’m a yay. I’ll probably need to use a Jedi Mind Trick to get a bucket of popcorn by then, but that’s another issue. Somewhere deep inside of me, there’s a “Star Wars” preservationist that doesn’t like this news, but we all know that ship passed many moons ago, about the time Jar Jar Binks was introduced actually. At this point, “Star Wars” is on TV, in books, in the Target Halloween aisle, being used to sell iced teas and just anywhere else. It’s got its own “Angry Birds” spin-off coming soon. Might as well bring it back home, to the big screen.
KATHY: The disturbance in The Force was so strong when the news was announced that it sent ripples throughout the galaxy (I definitely heard a cry of Noooooo! ). But after sleuthing around the Internet, and stumbling upon this video chat with George Lucas about the merger, I feel a tad bit better about the state of things. I may not have kids, but my inner geek is doing a little dance at the prospect of three more “Star Wars” movies. But I think it will all come down to WHO does the movie. Are we talking super-geek directors like Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams for the movie, or some with no geek cred?
MIKE: And who’s in it! My optimism may quickly turn if (1) one of Will Smith’s kids somehow weasels their way into the new “Star Wars” (2) Disney starts all kinds of weird cross-over stuff. I’m fine with an Ironman-meets-R2D2 collision in a video game or cartoon or a ride at Disneyland, but I surely don’t need Buzz Lightyear flying into help repair the Millennium Falcon on the big screen.
KATHY: Exactly! These Vader mouse ears, I’m OK with. I could even stomach Leia joining the Princess parade. But I really don’t want to see anything that would change the universe I’ve loved since I was a kid. I guess I just have to have faith that Disney won’t do any spin offs with Jar Jar Binks or the Ewoks. Otherwise wesa in trouble!