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Disney buys LucasArts and promises a new Star Wars film in 2014 or so.

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  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    Disney is the obvious choice to turn LucasFilm over to. Disney defines family entertainment, so I can hardly wait for the new Starwars.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    Disney? Really? Disney?

    God I hate Disney. Yes I know some Pixar people have helped make them a less evil company, but… [cringe]

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    So what has evil Disney done? I admit I am not much of a movie buff.

  • Scott


    They’re a corporation, ’nuff said.

    But seriously, how can the fuck up the Star Wars Universe more than Lucas has?

    I just hope they don’t invalidate all the Expanded Universe stories*. And I hope they bring in Timothy Zahn and Michael Reeves to write the scripts.

    *It’s been done before. Look what happened to Karen Traviss’ good early on but ultimately completely repetitive “Republic Commando” stories when the producers and writers of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” wanted to redefine Mandalore for their own purposes.

    Yes, I admit it, I read “Star Wars” novels. Laugh if you will…

  • http://www.jaeddy.com John Eddy

    Disney owns Pixar and Marvel and is responsible for lots of entertaining movies (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Avengers…). I’m with Scalzi on this one: this puts Star Wars VII on my list of anticipated movies of the next couple years.

    But they are an eeeevillll corporation and should be stripped of everything… The Mouse is a Monster, as Scalzi notes.

  • Scott

    But they are an eeeevillll corporation and should be stripped of everything… The Mouse is a Monster, as Scalzi notes.

    John Eddy. It’s because, like, they want to make money on all the (albiet cheesy) entertainment they provide “folks”. I mean, how DARE they actually expect to be paid?!?!?! Don’t they know their place as a creation of government? We should just abolish corporations and MONEY and everything will be a nice, perfect socialist utopia.

  • http://www.jerrykindall.com/ Jerry Kindall

    Pixar was originally a Lucasfilm spinoff, so this is a homecoming of sorts.

  • Dishman

    Jerry, a homecoming, yes. But now Pixar is the master, and Lucasfilm…

  • jaymaster

    Well, the next Star Wars movie CAN’T be any worse then the last few.

    Disney probably paid too much, but who knows.

    If they milk Star Wars for the next 85 years like they’ve milked Mickey for the last 85, it will be a great investment.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    Disney is one of the worst of the worst, but not because they make money as a corporation. I mean, let’s face it: we can’t have the mass production economy we do without these things, and government DESIGNED publicly traded corporations to do that, by calculating that it promoted the general welfare to have these state-created impositions on the free market. Which, you have to admit, has overall been pretty successful, though not without many unintended consequences and not without their down side. That’s government policy for you.

    Anyway, another one of these state-created conglomerates making money in and of itself isn’t evil. That would be like hating Toyota or General Motors or General Electric for making a profit. How silly would that be? No, it has more to do with a number of things they’ve done over the generations. I think the biggest has been their draconian actions and legal distortions of our intellectual property laws which, with their hearty help, have grown like topsy to the point where they violate not just the spirit but arguably even THE LETTER of the Constitution, certainly far beyond ANYTHING the framers could have imagined.

    Mostly they’ve fucked up our IP laws, and they also reduced a great art form (animation) for decades to formulaic, lowbrow crap. Oh, and stole credit for a shit-ton of stuff they never actually created, and crushed many an individual entrepreneur and small family business along the way.

    I admit they’ve been doing better in the last decade or so though. Seems like the Pixar merger turned them into somewhat less the corporate assholes they used to be. Maybe that trend will continue. It’d be nice to see.

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    If they turn out good movies, and I have seen a few I really like, then that is all I care about.

    Don’t really care about their corporate status, or what they have done to who.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/cityofbrass Aziz Poonawalla

    I’m reasonably certain Disney will leave Lucasfilm alone the way they left Pixar alone. But they want movies, so that will change the dynamic (right now the priority is just toys and merchandise. Theyve been milking the old. Time to start creating anew, and milk that)

    I for one hope they throw out all the canon of the novels and start afresh.

    BTW Mark Hamill called into the Stephanie Miller show yesterday morning. When asked the obvious question, he said he found out over the Internet like everyone else, and just doesn’t know enough to say he’d participate in the movies or not. But if it really is episode 7, I think its obvious that he will be sought out. That excites me far more than Ford picking up the bullwhip again for Indy 3 and 4.

  • Dishman

    I agree with Dean on Disney’s effect on IP law. That’s what I was referring to when I wrote, “…now Pixar is the master…”.

    Disney has for years used regulation to preserve its position. They are one of the worst offenders in that regard.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    Yep, what Dishman said.

    I also just don’t like most Disney movies. And I’m not so sure they haven’t had a negative effect on Pixar, I’ve seen a few things there that disturbed me but, nothing dramatic. So we’ll see.

    One thing’s for sure, it really needs to be out of George Lucas’ hands. Sorry George, love you, but, your work needs to be picked up by others. I kind of wish under IP law your work would be public domain (it really should be by now) but hey, at least maybe something interesting will happen in that universe again. Maybe.