Today: Jun 17, 2024

May the force be with Disney

Ryan Ianni – Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 30 my world was shattered. I was sitting in my room, minding my own business and pursuing social media when I was hit with an absolute sledgehammer of a news story that shook me to my core. For the astonishing price of $4.05 billion, yes billion with a “B,” Disney has purchased Lucasfilm and taken control over my absolute favorite film franchise of all time; Star Wars.

Let me give you some background so that this doesn’t sound like the ranting of an uninformed and casual observer. The first time I remember watching Star Wars, I was four years old. My father and I were sitting in the living room and I remember the first time seeing those two ships come flying over blasting each other in space, both terrifying and exciting me like nothing else. I often had to yell to one of my parents to read the opening crawl and subtitles throughout the films, because obviously I couldn’t read.

I could go on and on about my past Star Wars exploits; I could write an entire dissertation on the subject, but that is not the issue at hand. The issue is with Disney’s acquiring of the franchise, they have already made it public knowledge that Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX are forthcoming; with Episode VII slated for a release sometime in 2015.

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Disney purchased George Lucas’s infamous movie franchise Star Wars.

This notion both thrilled me to absolutely no end and frightened me simultaneously; simply because too many of the details about this entire acquisition have not been given away.

These are the facts though: George Lucas will neither direct, nor be a screenwriter for the upcoming entries. He has written “story treatments” for the three new installments, but that is essentially just a rough outline. Lucas will only be used as a “creative consultant” during the filming process. Episode VII is expected to take place within the time frame of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Some arguments I’ve heard from those who are for this are that Disney owns Marvel comics, and the films they’ve been churning out within the last few years have all been successful both at the box office and in critical review. My issue with this is that all of these Marvel films take on a very fantastical, light-hearted and kid-friendly approach. I’m not saying Star Wars isn’t kid-friendly, but compared to the original trilogy–which are serious and mature films–that would be an absolute disservice to the franchise.

My one and only hope is that the series doesn’t devolve into the tendencies of Episodes I and II; which fell off the beaten path. I felt there was redemption in the last installment, but a complete return to form has yet to be seen.

I will always support and love Star Wars. I don’t think I can ever claim it will not be my favorite film series, and I am truly excited that my inner-nerd will have a chance to run amok with new films ahead. The ball is in Disney’s court and now they need to prove that they have what it takes to keep this series alive and well. So in the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “May the Force be with us.”

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