On Friday, Oct. 26 it was announced that Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars saga, Lucasfilms, for $4.04 billion. My first reaction to this news was that it seemed normal, or even logical, that Disney would acquire Lucasfilms. Disney already had rides like Star Tours and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, which are based on Lucasfilms productions.
It seemed like buying Lucasfilms had been in the process for a long time, or at least had been Disney’s plan all along. Then I heard that Disney planned to make a new Star Wars movie. Not just one but three new Star Wars films, the first of which will be released in 2015. These new Star Wars films will continue on the story and adventures of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Since I am a very big Star Wars fan, I was very excited.
Most of the things I have read and the people I have talked to are upset at the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney because they believe the Star Wars saga will suffer. However, I think that Disney will actually help the Star Wars saga by improving the series in a way that Lucasfilms could not.
The last movies were well, horrible, to put it lightly. There was so much hype for the “Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” but by the third movie, the hype was significantly lowered after the first two films seemed to be lacking. Disney has a chance to revamp the saga and make it something that Lucasfilms only dreamed it would be one day. George Lucas will still be involved with the upcoming projects as a creative consultant to Disney, but plans to retire.
There is no one better to continue on the Star Wars saga than Disney. They have the money, the power, the creative minds, and now they have the copyrights to Star Wars. They even have Lucasfilms’ special effects production business, Industrial Light and Magic (which already sounds like it belongs to Disney) and its audio production studio, Skywalker Sound.
Disney already bought the Muppet franchise and made a fantastic movie that rivaled the original Muppet movie. So for those of you who are skeptical of Disney’s new plans for the Star Wars franchise, have a little faith in Disney. They can make Star Wars better than ever. If anything, it is comforting to know that the Star Wars saga did not just die out with “Edpisode III: Revenge of the Sith.”
The saga will live on with Disney, and I will be only one among millions of people who will line up to see the first new movie in 2015. Let us all look forward to the Disney empire and may the force be with you.