I’m not usually one to do a knee-jerk reaction to any new news, especially as breaking as this. I usually prefer to look back at things that have already come to pass. But this is different.
Disney is now going to own Lucasfilm and with it, Star Wars.
I can’t seem to process this information. Forget that there has been official Star Wars/Disney crossover merchandise and that Star Wars rides have existed in Disney theme parks for years. This is DISNEY OWNING STAR WARS. The fact that I have become a father in this last year was easier for my brain to comprehend. This doesn’t make sense to me.
And then there’ s the kicker. Star Wars Episode 7.
What? How do we analyze something like this? For years we keep hearing that there will be no new Star Wars movies, just television shows. After the Clone Wars film, that focus seems to be true. The Clone Wars is currently in its fifth season and every few months we hear more official Lucasfilm words about the supposed live action series.
But now there’s an episode 7 on the way in 2015.
Thinking logically, this could be a good thing. Lucas is now only going to be a consultant. He won’t be writing or directing this film. This leaves the opportunity for Star Wars to be taken in an interesting direction. Disney’s first Marvel film was The Avengers and Joss Whedon was put at the helm with glorious results. Maybe something similar can happen here.
On the other hand, as a Star Wars fan, I have considered the story done. Now, I have read a great deal of the novels that take place after Return of the Jedi, but my mind separates that from the “true” story. To have the story start up again just boggles my brain.
I can only hope something good can come of this, because it’s coming whether we like it or not. We can either hope for some quality films in the vein of the ones we grew up on or simply fear the coming of more prequels (personally I didn’t mind them, but I don’t want more).