Friday, November 2, 2012

Why Disney Buying Lucasfilms Isn't That Bad


          For those of you that have no internet access, no television, no magazine subscriptions, no newspapers, and no associates with any of the aforementioned, here's the short version. Disney Corporation purchased Lucasfilms from, wait for it, George Lucas, and announced that they will be beginning work on a new Star Wars trilogy, beginning with the release of Episode VII scheduled for some point in 2015. A lot of people, understandably so, seem to think that this is basically a deathblow to the Star Wars series. I personally, don't think it's all that bad, and in fact, think there's a chance that it can even be a good thing for the property as a whole.

          First of all, I am a huge Star Wars fan, before I'm accused otherwise. Though I am admittedly also a huge fan of Disney. They haven't made a whole lot of amazing shit recently, but overall they've created some of the most memorable films in history. I realize most of those were animated movies, but it's not like Disney has never made a live-action flick before. Just look at Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Davy Crockett Films, Old Yeller (Old fucking Yeller!), The Three Musketeers, Homeward Bound, Remember the Titans, the Narnia movies, and one of my favorites, John Carter, which is also an over-the-top Sci-Fi movie. Point is, Disney knows how to make anything great, they may not always give it their all, but when they do, they can make anything look good. Who's to say they won't do the same with Star Wars? And since when do we think Lucas was doing so much good with the series lately?

          So many people were crying out, praying someone, anyone, could take the franchise away from George Lucas. Now that it's happened, it's a travesty and Star Wars is going to be destroyed. Why? Why is it so bad? Disney has a reputation of quality film-making like few others, and anyone who thinks that most of their great films are mainly child-oriented is clearly ignorant. I'm one of the few people that actually enjoyed every single one of the prequels (though obviously they don't hold a candle to the original trilogy), but even I think if someone was to work on new movies, it couldn't be Lucas. What's more, guess what Disney did three years ago? They bought Marvel! How's Marvel doing? Marvel's great, some would argue they're experiencing a renaissance of sorts. So many classic series' gaining new life and some great offshoots such as the Avengers vs. X-Men series. So who's to say a company that's used to movie properties is going to fuck up a movie property after doing so well with comic books? They know who to hire, and why they need to be hired.

          Also, let's say Disney keeps making all of these Kingdom Hearts/Avengers vs. X-Men collaborations. Who's to say we wouldn't see Darth Vader and Sephiroth go head to head, or Boba Fett vs. Deadpool (holy shit, I just came)? There is so much they can do with Star Wars, and no company has the resources that Disney does. It's clearly not obvious that it will be good, but if anyone has the flexibility to take a new trilogy to its greatest heights, it's Disney. I do have one idea that would guarantee greatness for these new movies. Who here has played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic? Greatest story ever told in the Star Wars universe, yep, even better than the original trilogy. The two co-founders of Bioware, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck recently left Bioware less than two months ago. If Disney could find a way to get those two 
to head this new project, I think the new trilogy would have the potential to easily compete with Episodes IV, V and VI. But I guess we'll see in three years or so where exactly Star Wars goes.

Thanks for reading. Comment below and/or follow/tweet me @SycoMantis1991 with your opinion or anything you'd like to see me cover in future blog posts. Or just to see me be a dipshit.

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