Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger, along with Star Wars creator George Lucas, set the financial world and nerd-iverse on their ear when they announced that Disney was purchasing Lucasfilm for the out-of-this-world sum of $4 billion (the same amount they paid for Marvel).
Along with the obvious enormous financial windfall the Disney corporation stands to gain from this purchase, they’ll also acquire the rights to all the Star Wars characters. There’s no way to know for sure how this will ultimately affect the Star Wars universe – it could be really good or really, REALLY bad.
To help us determine if we should be excited for this transaction, we created a list of Pros and Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm. Let’s go through them one by one, then weigh the results.
If you’re a die hard Star Wars fan – the kind of fan who waited in line for 30 days before Episode 1 opened – then the announcement that Disney will be making a new Star Wars trilogy should have you shooting off blasters in the air.
More Yoda! More Chewbacca! More lightsaber battles! More Star Wars!
Since the next film releases in 2015, we’re guessing people are already lining up for tickets to the midnight showing opening night – and we don’t EVEN want to think about the line for Hall H at San Diego Comic Con for the next few years.
Unfortunately, the last time fans were given more Star Wars films, they ended up with a 10-year-old pod racing kid, a “one-and-done” villain, and a character so annoying in Jar Jar Binks that people started re-cutting the film to remove as much as him speaking as possible.
Will this happen again? There’s no way to be sure, but so far the track record hasn’t been good.
To sci-fi nerds, George Lucas was the best director in the world – that is, until he stopped making new films and began “messing” with his successful ones over and over again like a DJ remixing the same song ten different ways on one album. In other words, he became rusty.
Fortunately, Lucas won’t be getting behind the camera for the next set of films in the Star Wars saga (for now), though that’s always subject to change.
*And there was great rejoicing.*
On the dark side (see what I did there), George Lucas will still be involved with the Star Wars saga in an executive producer’s role. Sometimes, in the filmmaking, executive producers have more creative control than the director.
Lucas had his finger in every step of the creative process for all six Star Wars films, so to think he would just back away with no involvement whatsoever is unrealistic – but hey, a nerd can dream.
Speaking of dreaming – Princess Leia is now officially part of the Disney Princesses Collection, which means there will be cute women dressed as Slave Leia standing at the character meet and greet stations throughout Disney theme parks posing for pictures.
How could that possibly be a bad thing?
CREEP ALERT: There will undoubtedly be a long line of single, nerdy men monopolizing the line. It’s probably best to have the children avoid this one.
Here’s one the children will avoid for different reasons. Dressing up as a Disney character and walking around the park should be a fun and exciting adventure – meeting family, making children smile, signing “autographs”.
However, the poor sap who has to dress up as Jar Jar Binks will most certainly be miserable since no one really likes him.
Seeing him walk around Disney World will probably cause people to spontaneously throw their turkey legs and popcorn at him. On the plus side, if, for some reason, you DO want a picture with him, there will never be a wait.
Disney likes to incorporate its movies and characters into its theme parks around the world, and what better “land” to have at Disney World than Hothland?
Explore the Rebel base. Have simulated laser battles with your friends in an Imperial Walker, Snowspeeder or AT-AT. Pretend you’re Luke Skywalker by crawling inside the belly of a Tauntaun. Just think of the possibilities!
BONUS: The cold environment of the planet Hoth would be a welcome relief from the 100+ degree summer weather of Orlando, Florida.
Dagobah is the very opposite of everything Disney represents. It’s a hostile, dirty, smelly and dangerous swamp filled with mud that will suck down your X-Wing (or Saturn Coupe) in a matter of minutes.
Nothing about Dagobahland sounds interesting, though Disney could convert the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house into Yoda’s tree stump.
Still, that may not be enough to make even the most dedicated fan want to spend time there.
Disney knows that the only thing Epcot has going for it right now is the ability to drink and eat your way through other countries at the World Showcase. The best thing they could do is convert the dated and boring Spaceship Earth into the mighty and awesome Death Star!
Visitors could ride throughout the Death Star and see how the soldiers and workers on the fictional planet destroyer go about their day-to-day activities.
I live in Florida and was at Epcot on opening day in 1982. I didn’t return for 25 years because it’s a one-and-done park – but put the Death Star in the place and I’ll be the first with season passes.
Stop shaking your head. You KNEW this was going to happen eventually. How can it not?
Dwarfs and Ewoks are the same size, so when Disney does proceed with the inevitable Star Wars/Disney crossover, Snow White is sure to be their first choice to headline it.
Just let this concept invade your mind and give you nightmares of what will possibly be the worst crossover in history – should it ever come to fruition.
So what’s the outcome now that we’ve weighed the pros against the cons? Let’s recap:
-More Star Wars Films
-George Lucas Not Directing
-Princess Leia Theme Park Characters
-The Death Star at Epcot
-More Star Wars Films
-George Lucas Still Involved
-Jar Jar Binks Theme Park Characters
-Ewoks Replacing Dwarves
It’s clear that the pros of Disney buying Lucasfilm outweigh the cons – especially the idea of a large scale Death Star! – but until more information about Disney’s plans for the Star Wars Universe has been made available, the jury’s still out.
What are some pros and cons that you can think of to Disney buying Lucasfilm?
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