Top 10 Pros and Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm and ‘Star Wars’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 21st, 2013 at 11:55 am, This is a list post.

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Parking the At-AtDisney 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.

Pro - More Star Wars Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Smiling YodaIf 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.

Con -More Star Wars Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Angry ChewbaccaUnfortunately, 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.

Pro - George Lucas Wont Direct Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - George LucasTo 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.*

Con - George Lucas Will Still Be Involved with Films

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - George Lucas with Disney CharactersOn 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.

Pro - Princess Leia Character in Disney Theme Parks

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Slave LeiaSpeaking 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.

Con - Jar Jar Binks Character in Disney Theme Parks

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Jar Jar BinksHere'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.*Me-sa sad*

Pro - Hothland

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Planet HothDisney 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.

Con - Dagobahland

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - DagobahDagobah 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.

Pro - Spaceship Earth Becomes the Death Star at Epcot

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Death Star Epcot

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.

Con - Ewoks Replace Dwarfs in Snow White

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - Snow White and the EwoksStop 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.

Pros and Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Pros & Cons of Disney Buying Lucasfilm - General GreivousSo what's the outcome now that we've weighed the pros against the cons? Let's recap:Pros:-More Star Wars Films -George Lucas Not Directing -Princess Leia Theme Park Characters -Hothland -The Death Star at EpcotCons:-More Star Wars Films -George Lucas Still Involved -Jar Jar Binks Theme Park Characters -Dagobahland -Ewoks Replacing DwarvesIt'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?-Follow me on Twitter -@MoviePaul- and let me know.
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  1. Now we’ll see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Clarabell Cow and Horace Horsecollar fighting the Evil Empire. Morty, Huey, Dewey, and Louie will have parts as Ewoks. Can’t wait to see who Brer rabbit and the Tar Baby play!

  2. the tie-fighter and x-wing roller coasters could be way cool!

    • Space Mountain will be refurbished into a Star Wars ride

      • it needs to be refurbished its junk

  3. I was kind of disappointed that this article turned silly half way through but oh well. For the record, Slave Leia is already at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star wars Weekends (no Jar Jar), and there has been talks for a while of a Star Wars themed land going to Disneyland Paris. The one serious sounding thing I disagree with is Lucas’ involvement in the films. If the George Lucas that made the original trilogy and the original Indiana Jones movies came back then this movie would be pure amazingness

    • That George Lucas is dead

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  4. George Lucas away from creative control has already given me a ray of hope.

    • My bad, Lucas will be an Executive Producer…

      • Indy 4 aside, George Lucas is a Great Producer and Idea/Concept man, He is a terrible Director, and Dialogue Writer.

  5. This is going to suck to high-heaven…on the bright side, maybe Darth Vader can kill all those anoying Disney characters…wow what a thought!

  6. Oh, wait, Exec. have creative control? DAMMIT!!!!!!!

  7. This was a hilarious journey through every fan’s hopes
    and fears of Star Wars past, present, and now future.

    The laughs built upon one another and by the time I got
    to the conversion of Spaceship Earth into the Death Star
    I was laughing out loud and then lost it with the inevitable
    consequences of Dwarfs and Ewoks being the same size :D

    This was classic, Paul, a piece of great humor, and precisely
    the attitude to view what everyone knew might happen some day.
    And a reminder that whatever happens should not be taken too seriously.

    • @Robert – Thanks bud. I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

      On a serious note, I would be STOKED if they really did build the Death Star.

      Paul Young

  8. It’s become way to easy to bash Lucas, It’s like the cool thing to do. Can’t we give it a rest now? He did do some pretty incredible things.

    • Thank you. I still respect him no matter the crazy things he did. I even saw Red Tails because he made it

      • You still respect him despite all the crazy, terrible things that he has done? You seem to have very low standards or blind devotion, as if Lucas is some politician tied to your political party or a god you believe in and pray to every day.

    • He did more terrible things than “incredible” things.

      • With all do respect…WRONG!

      • He created Star Wars.That trumps everything else.Period. Any argument that you or anyone else tries to make against that simple fact is invalid.

  9. I was super excited when I first saw the news on twitter and I still am. If they continue where the first trilogy left odd it would be awesome! Also Han shot first.

  10. Probably more appropriate for the original thread but, how does this acquisition and the new SW7 affect all the re-releases of the the prequels and original trilogies? Not that I’m crying any tears for not getting to see them in the theater again, just wonder if they’ll still put them out even with the focus being on the new film.

    • I’ve read that FOX still has distribution rights for the first six, and owns episode IV in perpetuity.

  11. Can’t wait for Johhny Depp to be cast in a quirky role.

    • Oh man, that made me laugh.

  12. I actually have mixed feelings about George Lucas. It was his vision and creativity that gave the first trilogy its’ soul. His vision of modern samurai (the Jedi) combined with swashbuckling space rebels was a brilliant one, and the soap opera of the Family Skywalker gave it human depth.

    So a Star Wars without his input might be just another soulless special-effects extravaganza like the second awful trilogy that assumed more special effects and Hollywood stars and light sabre fights could make up for the lack of a soul.

    Then again, he was the one responsible for that. So who knows? I just hope if this has to happen that they use unknown actors (fat chance). Samuel L. Jackson and the rest just ruined the prequels. It’s hard to believe the chraacters when they are allfamous Hollywood faces.

    • They already tried an unknown with Hayden Christiansen and he was an abortion while Ewan Mcgregor was the best thing about the prequels. I hope they get real actors in the main roles just please no Johnny Depp as the star.

  13. Just wanna point out that Leia will not be an “official” Disney princess, she’ll be a princess and be in the parks (like Dark Vader and Indiana Jones already are) but she will not be added to the list of Official Princesses. That list doesnt include live action characters, which is why Giselle isnt on that list either

    • You know way too much about Disney princesses ;)

      • And very little about Dark Vader.

        Just ribbing.

    • @nowhereman136 – Don’t squash my dreams brother :)

      These are jokes.

      Paul Young

  14. Spaceship Earth will not turn into the Death Star, just like Cinderella castle is not Thor’s Palace. And Ewoks replacing dwarfs, where do you see that happening? it’ll be a fun mash-up for some artists but Disney will never go that extreme with messing with their oldest film property.

    Also, there already is a, AT-AT at the Disney parks. When was the last time your were actually there. Disney has be a partner and distributor of Lucas films for a long time. This is just like back when Disney bought Pixar. Disney used the characters in the parks, owned the merchandising, and distributed the films, but until 2006 they didn’t own the studio making the movies. Now they do. Now they can force the movie to be made. This doesnt change Disney as much as it changes LucasFilms, now they have to make another movie.

    Heres a fun clip of the Star Wars attraction at Disneyworld.

  15. Marvel & Star Wars X-over!

  16. Marvel & Star Wars crossover!

  17. rachel weiz as snow white would be good

  18. This list started out very serious, but it got pretty silly near the middle… I like it! :D
    It was a very fun read and I believe Disney can do some good with this franchise. I don’t really care about theme parks, but as far as movies and tv shows go, I have a feeling things will work out…

    My only skepticism lies with Disney getting LucasArts too… I can’t think of one good Disney game I’ve ever played and most LucasArts games are incredible.

    • @The Avenger – I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to write (except for the whole staying up late part heh).

      Agree with you about LucasArts vs. Disney games though.

      Paul Young

      • Good point about the games, hadn’t actually thought of that.

        Disney should adopt Lucasarts’ approach for their existing properties if they are smart.

    • Kingdom Hearts is a great Disney game. I would love to see some Star Wars lands and characters scattered throughout that.

  19. Imagine a Jon Favreau directed Star Wars movie.

  20. This movie has to start small, develop a new story and end BIG!

    A rebel s*** gets shot down and crash on a jungleterrained-planet, leaving only a Jedi and a team of a male and female gunner alive. With no communication, all they have to follow is a distant encrypted communication center deep inside the jungle.

    They embark on this adventure, fighting wild creatures and discovering old wreckages from the war, as well as a mysterious cave with a strong connection to the force.

    As they reach the communication center by the end of the movie, they find out it’s a huge battlestation, and as they sneak in on the inside they find an old hologram of the deceased Emperor giving orders to wake up the dead, but resurrectable corpse of Sith Lord Darth Plageous whose body lays within the cave they earlier surpassed on their journey… Unfortunately, they find out that the corpse talked about in the hologram is already put back to life, and they see the revelation of a new army, just about to unfold…

  21. I’m wondering where star wars 7 will take place.

    Will it be right after Jedi, and follow the novel Truce at Bakura? Will Zorba the Hutt be the next big villain? Will it jump to a few years later and maybe follow Wedge Antilles and the Rogue squadron, again… from the novels? Will they follow the novels at all? It would be a shame not to. What about five years after Jedi, and Heir to the empire, grand admiral thrawn anyone?

    This might actually be a good thing, maybe we’ll get some more decent star wars movies. That can only be a good thing. The star wars universe is vast, lots of room to explore all modern mediums.

    • I would love to see a movie series based off of the X-Wing series. The only problem that I can forsee is that characters like Luke, Leia, and Han make appearences in those novels. That can be worked around however. Wedge reports directly to Ackbar most of the time so he could replace some of those cameos by the other actors. The possibility of seeing Corran Horn on the big screen has me really excited.

  22. I’d think they should go with the Solo twins for the next movies, such a complimentary way forward, in exploring the same themes. Would be cool to see an older Han and Leia, with Ford and Fisher reprising.

    And maybe Luke training students on Yavin 4?

  23. I just want to point out that George Lucas DID NOT DIRECT Empire Strikes Back, which is (very strongly) arguably the GREATEST of the 6 films period.

    • Arguably yes but I prefer a new hope. Lucas can direct but he sucks at writing.

  24. lol, and right when I thought George Lucases head couldnt get any bigger lol

  25. I see Diney being the owners as a huge pro. Now we doesn’t have to worry about a Star Wars X-Men crossover by FOX.

  26. It’s a trap!

  27. Stylistically and from a certain business point of view I think they wouldn’t touch The Zahn material and any of the other extensions into other media. No matter how popular, none of it came with this deal and spending even more money on them after they’ve been on the market for better than 22 years doesn’t make sense. The better strategy is to use the in-house talent you already have and create something new out of that.

    However!.. having pumped out so much money can Disney afford to let that slide by? Maybe Zahn or someone else would cut a deal for a small percentage? If his stories were really that successful monetarily then the temptation might be to do that rather than let the door of opportunity slam shut. He would be betting on his own work, that it has enough power to transcend any problems and make him even more money than 20 more years of shrinking bookshelf sales on the same stuff, as Disney goes off in a different direction, in which everyone else would be writing about. He’d be in a better position then to write more works that would make even more money and sooner than anyone else by having an inside track. Who knows they may have already optioned the works!

    Still.. Lucas had better than 20 years to do that material. Really if any of the other media works content in the Star Wars universe was all that good, Lucas would’ve used it in movies years ago. The truth of the matter is that all this stuff represents is at best a repeat of what has come before. Lucas researched and borrowed from the best mature philosophies out there to tell the stories he told in the first three Star Wars films he made. Look it up. He borrowed from the best westerns, the best international myths. Giants like Joe Campbell advised him. H*ll it’s even been written that he stole from some of the best Science Fiction of the past as well. He mined it all threw it up on the screen before anyone else could and then everyone else followed suit. Now you quite literally have heroes with a thousand faces portrayed in the media everyday. Nobody can surpass that success because there’s nothing left to offer! Even Lucas couldn’t do it and is quite possibly why he sold it. This way he escapes it and can absolve himself of any future failure.

    All this could still be just smoke if the governments Anti-Trust arm nixes the deal anyway…

  28. AWESOME piece. I thought it was gonna be some serious list about the big news but I’m glad it went the funny route instead – think it’s too early to really be able to map out what all the pros/cons are.

    That Death Star at Epcot idea MUST be done.

  29. Creative consultant not Executive producer, there is a difference. Kathleen Kennedy is producing. So breathe easy.