Thursday, November 1, 2012

Disney Aquires Lucasfilm

As those people who have not been living under a hurricane found out on the night of Tuesday, October 30,  Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion dollars. George Lucas himself gets half of the sale price. Kathleen Kennedy, co-CEO of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm under Disney.

 I am cautiously optimistic. Disney's Tron: Legacy and (Disney's, Marvel's) The Avengers were some of my favorite movies in recent years.  Disney makes good or decent products and, better, they make a lot of products. A new Star Wars movie is slated to come out in 2015.

This is where the queasy feeling sets in, thousands of voices crying out in terror "We didn't want this!" and being suddenly silenced by money. Lucasfilm commanded a brand loyalty for being the scrappy upstart company that it hasn't actually been since 1977, and I still feel that loyalty. Reports say that many Lucasfilm staff members will keep their jobs, but also I'm afraid this makes the job market smaller.

Many things remain to be seen. How will this affect the EU? The new movies are slated to be "original stories". Most importantly, will they be any good? (They can't be too much worse than the prequels.)

It still feels unreal to me right now, especially since Disney has been allied with Lucasfilm and producing Star Wars-themed products for quite a while. I'll be excited for a new movie, and perhaps new fans, but I always wanted to work for Lucasfilm, not Disney, and now my chance has been eaten by a conglomerate.  

We'll have to wait and see what this means for Star Wars fandom.

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