So Disney has bought Lucasfilm. It’s been a couple of weeks since that news broke and we thought we’d break down what’s happened so far, plus ask you all what you think about it. Here’s some of what we know so far:
Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion, with George Lucas releasing a public statement saying that “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
Between Pixar and Marvel, Disney’s acquisitions have been quite successful in recent years. We’ve seen them drive a very successful & fan-applauded Avengers sequence of titles (Iron Man, Captain America, etc), plus maintain the Pixar Magic in recent releases like Toy Story 3.
On the other hand, it’s no secret that Lucasfilm’s own attempts to recapture the magic with Star Wars prequels episodes I-III did not live up to the original trilogy.
Some extra good news came out this week: The Hollywood reporter reports that Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi co-writer Lawrence Kasdan will be back to pen new episodes. Alongside will be Simon Kinberg, who produced X-Men First Class and is currently writing the new X-Men: Days of Future Past film.
Of course, now we must inevitably come to the books. Star Wars already has a huge library of Expanded Universe (EU) stories that tell us what happened after the events of The Return of the Jedi. Die-hard fans love those books. Will the movies honor the EU plots and characters? Perhaps they’ll employ a similar strategy to Christopher Nolan in his Batman Trilogy, where plots are heavily influenced by only the greatest of Batman story lines.
A search for “Star Wars” on fullybookedonline.com displays pages upon pages of results. What’s going to happen to all those rich novels and comics?
Only time will tell and we can only keep our fingers crossed. In the mean time, let’s talk about it!
What are you looking for in a new Star Wars movie? Should all the Expanded Universe books be honored or ignored? Which book do you hope to see contribute to the new stories?