Disney Acquires Lucasfilm

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Gottesstrafe:

Hey wait, doesn't this mean that Disney also owns the rights to Indiana Jones and the canceled Monkey Island film?

No to Indiana Jones. Paramount still has partial rights for the franchise and so anything related to that could not be transferred to Disney at this time. Although it could go to Disney when the contract ends with Paramount.

Unknown about Monkey Island, it was probably not part of the deal, but you never know.

Also Disney seem very excited about wanting more Star Wars based theme park attractions, possibly a theme park dedicated to Star Wars, but that was not mentioned in the press videos.

So Lucas got 2 billions in cash? I guess he is going to make more mediocre films with it.
Dysney just became Eidos, a all sucking and destroying whirpool of crap death

So, Episode 7?

Wait, if this continues off of episode 6...

Does this mean we get see the Thrawn campaign?

And if they do the traditional set of 3 movies...Yuuhzan Vong war?

I'd love to see some material done that wasn't meant to be so epic in the star wars universe, not that the epic films would be bad, but there just seems to be so many possibilities with the universe opening up.

I kind of hope they ignore the books, ignore the mediclorians or whatever their called, and go back to strong character development with an over arching story in the background that the characters may or may not get mixed up in. I think that is what made the originals so awesome, kind of like what Joss did with Firefly.

That's nice.

Yep, I really have nothing more to say. The worst that can happen is George Lucas losing control over the franchise, which...isn't exactly heartbreaking. That and everyone freaked over Disney acquiring Marvel, and not a single one of their fears came true (save Spectacular Spider-Man being replaced by a drastically inferior show). It's not worth worrying about.

Anachronism:

Now, more seriously. Why? Why Episode 7? What is the point? As much as people tend to hate the prequels, the saga as it currently stands tells one consistent story: the rise, fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker. The story is done, there's no need for more films. What would be gained by adding to that?

Oh wait, I forgot. Money. As if The Avengers didn't earn Disney enough.

What could be gained? I don't know, maybe new stories that add to the lore of Star Wars. At this point I thought it'd be obvious to everyone that Star Wars isn't just about the original and prequel movies. Given all the video games, comics, and novels out there I think its been proven there can be stories that go beyond the tale of Anakin Skywalker and expand upon the massive universe that is Star Wars.

Anyway...WOW talk about coming straight out of left field. I must admit I never though I'd see the another Star Wars trilogy in my lifetime.

Given how the Marvel films, especially the Avengers, have been good or at least enjoyable I am currently optimistic about this, though cautiously. I most say though I don't envy whoever the writers are going to be. Given the size of the Star Wars extended universe, writing an original story that doesn't kick continuity to the curb has got to be nightmare. And even if they do just decide to adapt a novel trilogy, it sure as hell won't be an easy task.

Baldr:

Gottesstrafe:

Hey wait, doesn't this mean that Disney also owns the rights to Indiana Jones and the canceled Monkey Island film?

No to Indiana Jones.

The agreement states that Disney gets the rights to the property and all future installments of the Indiana Jones franchise (probably the same as the SW agreement - all upcoming Indy films will bear the Disney logo).

Meh, as long as I get Battlefront 3, I'm happy.

This is a trap XD ... But really they could make some prettey good indiana jones and Star Wars prequels (old republick) in Pirates of carribean stile...

Not gonna lie, kind of ok with this. Lucas always wanted Star Wars sequels beyond episode 6 to be made by a series of different directors and minds anyway. I see this kind of as creative fulfilment.

PhunkyPhazon:
That's nice.

Yep, I really have nothing more to say. The worst that can happen is George Lucas losing control over the franchise, which...isn't exactly heartbreaking. That and everyone freaked over Disney acquiring Marvel, and not a single one of their fears came true (save Spectacular Spider-Man being replaced by a drastically inferior show). It's not worth worrying about.

Spider-Man films aren't owned nor made by marvel nor Disney. They're owned by Sony and Spider-Man is literally owned by marvel by name alone.

On the one hand, you've got George Lucas, the man who has spent the last twenty years systematically destroying his own magnum opus. And on the other hand you have the single most bloated and evil corporation in the entire entertainment industry.

No, not because they brought us Hannah Montana. No, not because when mocked by Pixar they responded by BUYING Pixar. Not because of the way they treat their employees at the theme parks. Not because Lion King was totally a rip-off of Kimba the White Lion. Not because The Little Mermaid is a bland protagonist with no obvious motivation who sacrifices everything for a man she just met and learns nothing, and yet is held up as a positive role model for young women. It's not even because they actively persecute their own fans for the heinous crime of creating fan-art.

No, I have an objective reason for hating on Disney.

It's because they have repeatedly and single-handedly warped U.S. copyright law to prevent Mickey Mouse from passing into the Public Domain.

As a SIDE-EFFECT of this desperate manipulation of public policy, Public Domain in the United States is effectively frozen at the year 1923, and will remain this way for as long as Disney money and Disney lawyers are allowed to continue to manipulating Congress. It doesn't even matter that Disney hasn't made any money off of a Mickey Mouse cartoon in like 30 years. They're just hanging onto the copyright until the end of time because IP-hoarding is regarded as an indispensable part of their business model. If that holds back progress and harms American culture in the long run, so be it!

Disney IS the evil Empire.

But since Georgie was Darth Vader, I guess it's a wash.

Oh. Unless you write Star Wars fan fiction. Or maintain Wookiepedia. Or post humorous videos to the internet wearing a Darth Vader costume. Man, those guys are SCREWED!

Oh, that reminds me. When's the next Space Janitors coming out?

Veldie:
OT: im wondering how they plan to do a movie will the old cast return?

They've announced that they'll be making Episode 7, 8 and 9. So that sounds very much like sequels rather than a reboot, and may well involve all new characters.

znix:
So Lucas raped his own franchise... now there'll be princesses raping it too.

The Avengers turned out just fine. *shrug*

OT: This seems like a positive thing to me. Disney may well make one actually good film (good director, talented cast, etc.) while they re-establish the brand. After that it'll probably go downhill (Pirates of the Caribbean style) but I'm not the sort of person who gets annoyed just because a bad film exists.

I'll take my one decent Star Wars film and treasure it. Fingers crossed for 2015.

First thought...

Darth Vader in Mickey Mouse ears, throughout Original Saga...

But in all seriousness, I am excited and scared.

More Star Wars movies! More Indiana Jones movies, cos I would love to see a fourth one come out! Decent Star Wars Games!

But, this is Disney... and I am hoping the go for two audiences. 'Mature Audience' being the fans who have seen the original movies when they came out years ago, and the 'Younger Audience' being the reason why Jar Jar was created....

first of all. didn't they kind of sort of already do that. i mean in Disney land Europe there's an entire area set of as Disney star wars where Micky is Luke, Donald is Han, Minnie is leia, goofy is obi wan and stitch is the emperor (yeah i was pissed over that too) shouldn''t there be some lawsuit here.

doomboy29:
Disney might make Star Wars good again!

i honestly wouldn't count on it. the star wars franchise have been so raped (there really aren't any other word in the English language the "raped" that defines the franchise now) that it will be hard to recover. sure kids are going to buy it. i mean kids are stupid. they don't see quality. the series will continue til we finally face doomsday but all the quality and grace of star wars died around 7 years ago.

Foolproof:

Akalabeth:

Foolproof:
Bullshit. It was still a story with major focus upon Anakin even if he wasn't the main character - he was moved to the principle antagonist, and was that through and through. It was a trilogy about him - the characters fall from grace and his rise to redemption. The latter was accomplished as a part of the story of his son.

The original trilogy has nothing to do with Darth Vader. It's about Luke redeeming his father, not about Vader being redeemed by Luke. The original trilogy is good in the sense that it actually gives the audience a view of what the enemy is thinking, and a deeper enemy at that, that however does not make that villian the principle character by any stretch of the imagination.

Just because George tries to rewrite history doesn't make it true.

And that s why, in star wars 4, 5 and 6, there wasn;'t a SINGLE SHOT of Darth Vader without Luke in it. Yep, DEFINITELY NOT. He WASN"T SHOWN AND FOCUSED ON AT ALL!

Do you you want me to try and be more obvious about it? Are the caps helping you figure out your problem yet?

Yes, they are quite handy indicators of your evident psychological issues.

By that hilariously daft standard, the Batman movies are about Alfred, the Iron Man movies are about Pepper Pots, and the Prequel trilogy was about Jar Jar Binks. Giving a character some individual development does not make them the focus of the story.

I... This might just be the thing that Lucasfilm needs. No George at the helm for a new episode, maybe the original cuts released on DVD? Colour me cautiously optimistic.

So... Star wars world in the next Kingdom Hearts? :)

Disney has just what it takes to make great movies. They know how to deliver the kind of movie Star Wars needs to be: it can't be gritty and all serious, but it also can't be a children's theme-park like Episode I, or even worse, a teen movie like Episodes II and III. It needs to be for everyone, like the original trilogy. Anyway, Lucas will have his hands away, and that's great, thanks Lucas for creating the whole Star Wars idea, but after your initial success the only thing that kept Star Wars from running to the ground was a HUGE fan base that insisted in it's salvation.

My fear is... What happens to the expanded universe? So far most books and comics and games have been canon, that's a LOT of stuff. So much in fact that, IF the 7th movie reboots all EU (or even just the media pertaining events after Episode VI), it would take a lot of balls, and sincerely, I think it would be such a blow on everyone I don't think it could be made... We know so little yet :( Maybe it will be an adaptation of one of the novels, which in my opinion would be the very best course of action.

Obviously, things could go pretty bad, but that's not how I feel... Not that I think it will be an Oscar winning movie, or even a history marker like the original trilogy, but I do believe it will keep the series alive, and return it's pride.

Edit: also, Disney has a LOT of experience in Star wars entertainment already, just check out the gigantic event they threw at the "Disney HQ" last year or something, due to the reformulation of the obsolete Star Tours ride, which by the way is so damn cool now, if you haven't gone to the new Star Tours, get some vacation times and go to Anaheim or Orlando NOW.

Well I don't know if it's a bad or good thing. It could go either way. Disney are going to milk this Mo-fo, but then so did Lucasfilm. Sort of a new boss same as the old boss sort of deal really.

I just hope stuff already in the works such as novels, detours, 1313, etc aren't held up by the change in ownership.

As for Episode VII. I'm waiting for more details before I judge. I like the idea of a new movie. I don't think anyone seriously thought there'd NEVER be another Star Wars movie.

Also remember this means Disney own Indiana Jones, and ILM too.

EDIT: I guess Leia is a Disney Princess now

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Nami nom noms:
So... Star wars world in the next Kingdom Hearts? :)

THAT would be interesting... SHIT THAT WOULD REALLY BE INTERESTING!!! hahaha Imagine playing Kingdom Hearts and facing Darth Vader as a villain??? Maybe Goofy as Vader and Donald as Darth Maul! Just like those Disney action figures they have at the park :D

Soviet Heavy:

BreakfastMan:

Soviet Heavy:
Well, there goes the Expanded Universe.

On one hand, Star Wars 7. On the other hand, what will it be about?

If it is the Thrawn Trilogy, all is forgiven, but since it won't be, I'm terrified.

Hey hey hey, the Yuuzhan Vong saga would be awesome too! Honestly though, I doubt they will do anything that they would have to bring back the original cast for. Because of that, they will probably do something in the future, after the Luke and friends have died, which leaves that movies ripe with possibilities.

OT: Kind of nervous, kind of excited, and very curious. I can't wait to see what the new film series will be about. It honestly could go either way at this point. Very interesting times for the Star Wars universe ahead, I gotta say. :P

Do you really think that DISNEY is going to make a Star Wars film about psychotic, genocidal masochists who look like a cross between The Thing and a fucking Terminator?

I think that this pretty sums up my reaction in a nut shell.

Yeah I...really have no idea what to think about this.

MetalMagpie:

Veldie:
OT: im wondering how they plan to do a movie will the old cast return?

They've announced that they'll be making Episode 7, 8 and 9. So that sounds very much like sequels rather than a reboot, and may well involve all new characters.

znix:
So Lucas raped his own franchise... now there'll be princesses raping it too.

The Avengers turned out just fine. *shrug*

OT: This seems like a positive thing to me. Disney may well make one actually good film (good director, talented cast, etc.) while they re-establish the brand. After that it'll probably go downhill (Pirates of the Caribbean style) but I'm not the sort of person who gets annoyed just because a bad film exists.

I'll take my one decent Star Wars film and treasure it. Fingers crossed for 2015.

Yeah, the Avengers played like the original Star Wars, in terms of entertainment: it's a nice relaxing movie that's accessible to anyone no matter how old/young as long as the person is into that sorta movie. That's where the new trilogy got lost in my opinion, if you look at it as kid it's awesome, if you look at it as an adult... Well, then Anakin becomes Lucifer in a matter of seconds (him getting evil makes sense, but not in such a quick surge of childish tantrums), Jar Jar Binks is created and then abandoned, not even Ewan McGregor manages to act in an believable fashion, meh, I only watch the new trilogy because it's canon to Star Wars, but it's a common event for me to take a nap during those movies lol.

As for the old cast... If the movies take place during the The New Jedi Order (in which case, hire Clive Barker to direct the cenobites... I mean Yuuzhan Vong lol), or forward, then characters are supposed to be old, despite the book covers still showing a young and attractive Mara Jade...

I don't know wat to think about this.
I like Star Wars, but I've got a feeling that the new Star Wars Movie is going to mess up the Expanded Universe.

PhunkyPhazon:
That's nice.

Yep, I really have nothing more to say. The worst that can happen is George Lucas losing control over the franchise, which...isn't exactly heartbreaking. That and everyone freaked over Disney acquiring Marvel, and not a single one of their fears came true (save Spectacular Spider-Man being replaced by a drastically inferior show). It's not worth worrying about.

QFT. People here seem to forget that Disney have produced some great non-Disney stuff as well, like Tron, the Rocketeer, and of course the Avengers. It comes down to the creative people actually in charge that will define the film, but that said, Star Wars 7 is very obviously a cash grab and definitely being made for all the wrong reasons.

Now the generation that grew up with the Star Wars prequels (which I guess is my generation, since the first movie I watched in cinemas happened to be the Phantom Menace, which I loved as a kid) are about to experience the same hype as the generation that preceded it. Time will tell if we are going to experience the same shock and horror.

Anachronism:
Ok, first of all, at the risk of being predictable:

Now, more seriously. Why? Why Episode 7? What is the point? As much as people tend to hate the prequels, the saga as it currently stands tells one consistent story: the rise, fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker. The story is done, there's no need for more films. What would be gained by adding to that?

Oh wait, I forgot. Money. As if The Avengers didn't earn Disney enough.

As I understand it Star Wars was originally designed as a trilogy of trilogies. The Episodes 1-3 deal with the rise and fall of Anakin. 4-6 deal with Anankin's children and his redemption. 7-9 deals with Han and Leia's children, and the rise of a new Jedi order lead by Luke. That's quite established in the lore, as I remember.

I admit, a few years ago I would have been terrified. But now in a post Avengers landscape, I'm actually a little hopeful. There's a chance that if anyone can turn this geek-property good again, it's Disney.

Besides, now we can see Iron Man vs Darth Vader!

Although on the subject of Episode 7 part of me hopes they'll look to Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, the unofficial Episode 7. There's a lot of good stuff which might do well on screen, *cough* Mara Jade *cough*.

OK people, now is the time for the "Dear Disney, Please make Star Wars Battlefront 3," letter writing campaign. Get to fucking work.
edit- cause they got lucasarts too

If they do make more films I hope to God that they ignore the Extended Universe because it's a mind-bendingly awful hive of insanity and hack-work that makes microclodians, Darth Binks and the everything else in Ep I to III look sane and well written.

I must admit that I've only read a couple of the books (that was more than enough) and read about the rest on Wookiepedia.

Huh while most may look at this with rose tinted glasses I'm going to go down the cynical path and say that the movie series is now as buggered as the Extended universe. No excuse me while I drink myself to death.

At first I was really excited about this. Then I got on the Internet and realized what a bunch of negative pricks there can be on the Internet. Now I'm less excited but still optimistic. More games, more toys, more interesting visual elements to expand our imaginations. Star Wars has had some really low moments, surely it can't be worse than those? But anyway, apart from this post, I'm going to refrain from talking about it on the Internet because people will just be negative about anything, (despite having never created anything of worth in their entire lives), and it will just bring down the quiet excitement I have for this development.

trty00:
Meh, as long as I get Battlefront 3, I'm happy.

This. This was the first thing I thought when I heard about this, I don't really care about anything else. Just give me Battlefront 3, Disney.

This is definitely a good thing. Lucas won't be butchering his own creation anymore! And if we check what Marvel did with Avengers we will at least have an entertaining movie, with great characters and CGI that's not crappy. That's what the original trilogy was about. There's no way they can make anything worse than the prequels.

And I'm also excited about Lucasarts because 1313 is probably going to be one of the last AAA crappy Star Wars games. Now they can focus on what made them great in the first place. They can let Telltale make a new Monkey Island game. We can get a new Day of the Tentacle, a new Loom... Don't touch Grim Fandango though! Although I wouldn't mind a remake or special edition. We could even get a Star Wars adventure game which is something I don't get why they never did.

I just hope they start making Episode VII soon enough, so we may get it for 2015 and that it's more like the original trilogy brought up to date. And they have to bring back Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. And Carrie Fisher back wouldn't bother me either.

And we will get the TV series at some point because with Lucas it was never going to get made until he could make more crappy CGI or something. I hope we get a Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle cartoon too. How amazing would that be?

Anyway, what ever they do, this must be the first scene of Episode VII. Luke gets to the Tatooine cantina looking pretty much like Obi Wan when he was last with him there. And who's next to Luke? Jar-Jar Binks! There's a fight and some criminal start shooting and Jar-Jar gets blasted and killed by them. Luke looks from the distance sit in the bar. Then the fight stops and everyone gets back to what they were doing before. The band starts playing again. It would be a hommage to the original trilogy and a big, big fanservice that would indicate that this is the real thing, nothing like the shitty prequels.

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