What Happens with Star Wars Now?

What Happens with Star Wars Now?A day after the unexpected announcement spread like brushfire through the Web, we all know that The Disney Corporation is buying Lucasfilm Ltd. along with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, ILM, and Skywalker Sound. $4.05 billion is what it cost Disney to acquire the license for one of cinema’s most beloved and lucrative sagas. This is exciting news, as much as it is frightening at this early stage. No one has a clue about the future of Star Wars. Where will the new story lead? Which characters will return, and in what capacity? What happens to long-standing plans for a live-action TV series? What happens to the expanded universe canon? These and many more mysteries are whirling around on countless forums and websites.

Without a doubt, I am excited. This morning here in Sweden I was barely awake when I read the news. Not in the slightest am I concerned, though, because I know there are very talented and dedicated minds working at Disney. Creatively speaking, this is exactly what should’ve happened before the prequels. Like with Episode V, George Lucas should have only produced and come up with the basic plot framework while letting a talented writer and director fill in the gaps. This is precisely what is happening now, and the franchise will have more room to breathe.

On various occasions, George Lucas has said that there wouldn’t be any new films. Now, against all expectations, he sold his baby to Disney. But that’s not all! Star Wars: Episode VII is coming in 2015, followed by Episodes VIII and IX, probably before 2020. Yet there’s another interesting bit from the official press release on the Star Wars website: “Additional feature films are expected to continue the saga and grow the franchise well into the future.”

I wait with bated breath to see what kind of story the “extensive and detailed” treatment tells that Disney also purchased. This means that George Lucas has personally prepared a storyline for the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga. Another happy side-effect is that Lucas will not write or direct the new films. He still acts as a creative consultant, though, and he wrote that mysterious treatment that no one knew about.

With Kathleen Kennedy taking the helm at Lucasfilm and producing the new Star Wars films, the franchise is in good hands. She is a famed producer who has been behind so many great films in her career. Among her new responsibilities is bearing the title of brand manager for Star Wars. George Lucas may not be the most talented writer, but he’s a great magnet of talent and creativity. Many things can be said about the six Star Wars films, but their artistic value in cinema history is indisputable. Not only did they push film technology forward, but also inspired thousands of fans to make their own films.

Yes, Disney owns the franchise now. Technically it means that the last big franchise formerly owned by the artist who created it becomes a commercial commodity. However, Disney also has a track record of respecting legacies, as seen with Tron and the Pixar films. Lucasfilm will be financially backed by Disney, but left alone to create the upcoming trilogy for a new generation of filmgoers. We just have to trust in Kathleen Kennedy, and the yet-unannounced director, to want to make a good film for the sake of personal pride, and not only producing the largest possible profit.

Regardless of the polarity this news has caused, Star Wars: Episode VII is coming in 2015, and, whether you like it or not, there are many millions of fans who will line up to see this new adventure in a galaxy far, far away…

Here you can read the full press release: Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm Ltd.

Image: Disney

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He's a writer and photographer living in Sweden. Technology, philosophy, and films are some of his other interests. In 2008, Maximilian completed a BA in creative writing in London. So, being a writer has been important to him for a long time -- although he prefers to be called a "storyteller."

  • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

    Excellent post. I think we have felt these before when Disney bought Pixar. People were nervous, but the company stayed true to what they said – they will leave Pixar do its work while they become the financial backer/publisher/etc. I bet Pixar is better now that it is with Disney than when they were alone.

    • http://eightbitgeek.tumblr.com/ Tony Utter

      I felt that way when Disney bought Marvel. So far, they have left Marvel to continue to do its thing.

      • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

        Exactly

      • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

        Exactly

      • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

        Oh… I had forgotten they bought Marvel. This should be cool.

  • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

    Excellent post. I think we have felt these before when Disney bought Pixar. People were nervous, but the company stayed true to what they said – they will leave Pixar do its work while they become the financial backer/publisher/etc. I bet Pixar is better now that it is with Disney than when they were alone.

  • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

    Excellent post. I think we have felt these before when Disney bought Pixar. People were nervous, but the company stayed true to what they said – they will leave Pixar do its work while they become the financial backer/publisher/etc. I bet Pixar is better now that it is with Disney than when they were alone.

  • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

    Excellent post. I think we have felt these before when Disney bought Pixar. People were nervous, but the company stayed true to what they said – they will leave Pixar do its work while they become the financial backer/publisher/etc. I bet Pixar is better now that it is with Disney than when they were alone.

  • http://www.n-handhelds.com/ Michael Vincent

    Excellent post. I think we have felt these before when Disney bought Pixar. People were nervous, but the company stayed true to what they said – they will leave Pixar do its work while they become the financial backer/publisher/etc. I bet Pixar is better now that it is with Disney than when they were alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

    It gets put into the Disney Vault.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

    I think it will be fine. I can’t wait to see what they do.

  • jay davis

    I just hope that Disney does leave them to continue as they have been, it would be terrible to see Lucas arts taken down the path of being almost only for kids like Disney is now.

    • http://www.maxmajewski.net/ Maximilian Majewski

      They will not do that. Lucas already wrote the story. Like with Marvel and Pixar, Disney won’t interfere with the creative work.

  • http://profiles.google.com/scoobford Adam Oliver

    So long as I don’t have to listen to my younger relatives talk about how much the original 3 sucked and 7, 8, 9, (and maybe) 10 and the best ones. Althought they may actually be able to match or even top the originals, they are the originalys, and as such are automatically given the label as the best…just none of the young relatives having no respect…that happened enough with episode I and II(which now everyone agrees sucked)

  • Curtis Coburn

    I’m not a star wars fan. I don’t have much knowledge about star wars. But I would like to see what Disney has in mind for the movie. I know Disney has had some good movies, especially with Pixar. But their TV has gotten so bad. That’s Disney channel I’m talking about. There is a big difference between them and the movies.

  • http://twitter.com/lokiterry_ Loki Terry

    Great post! – I think that they will make Star Wars better, I don’t see anything bad that they could do with it. I’m looking forward to the future for Star Wars.

  • http://twitter.com/lokiterry_ Loki Terry

    Great post! – I think that they will make Star Wars better, I don’t see anything bad that they could do with it. I’m looking forward to the future for Star Wars.

  • Jerry

    Disney wants to make money. Could there finally be a re-release of the ORIGINAL three on Blu-Ray? I am sure it would be a real cash cow. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Paul Butler

    I’m wondering why Lucas Film would loose all of their future revenues? Look at all of the successful movies and products they produced, why would they sell out to Disney? Something sounds fishy…

  • http://www.maxmajewski.net/ Maximilian Majewski

    Don’t count on that. Fox owns the distribution rights to Episode IV, which means Disney can’t do that, unless they agree with Fox. I doubt that Disney will make that effort, because frankly I doubt it would be such a great financial success. I personally don’t need “Original” versions of the films.

  • http://twitter.com/SilentAero Jake L

    Welcome to the end of the world

  • http://twitter.com/SilentAero Jake L

    Welcome to the end of the world

  • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

    I am concerned that Disney may make new Star Wars content too “kid-friendly”.

    I’m glad to be concerned about upcoming Star Wars movies again.