Top 20 Hollywood Reactions To Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Acquisition

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am, This is a list post.

Reactions to Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm

Mickey Mouse Darth Vader It's been a full week since Disney shocked the world with the epic announcement that they had acquired Lucasfilm in its entirety, bolstering the buzz with additional reveal that Star Wars Episode 7 would be hitting theaters in 2015 alongside The Avengers 2. So while we examine rumors of directors and reports of interested returning stars, the buzz still mostly surrounds the industry and fanbase's reactions to the news, along with predictions for how the series will face almost insurmountable expectations going forward. Let's examine then the reactions from industry celebs, including a few people who've been directly involved with the franchise in one way or another.

An Introduction by George Lucas

George Lucas on Star Wars Disney After Disney's official announcement regarding their latest major purchase, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm George Lucas said the following in interviews about the story and the future of the Star Wars franchise: "I get asked all the time, ‘What happens after Return of the Jedi?’ and there really is no answer for that. The movies were the story of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, and when Luke saves the galaxy and redeems his father, that’s where that story ends….[Possible futures have] been covered in the books and video games and comic books, which are things I think are incredibly creative but that I don’t really have anything to do with other than being the person who built the sandbox they’re playing in." Now for the reactions...

J.J. Abrams' thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

JJ Abrams on Star Wars Disney J.J. Abrams, director of Star Trek and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, producer of hit TV shows including Alias, Lost, Revolution and Fringe, said the following to EW: "Part of me? Thrilled. Part of me? Terrified. Most of me? Thrillified."

Damon Lindelof's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Damon Lindelof on Star Wars Disney Damon Lindelof, screenwriter for Prometheus and another one of the minds behind Lost, said the following to EW: "All I can say is my heart literally started racing when I heard." And on Twitter he joked: "My twitter feed: 38% : "You should write the new Star Wars!" 47% : "Don't fucking touch the new Star Wars!" 15% : Undecided. Chewbacca's great-great grandson is named Drewbacca and he must overcome his allergies to lasers and meat. #IdeasForEpisodeVII Yoda's Ghost gets annoyed by Obi-Wan's Ghost (too much whining) and they fight with Ghostsabers. #IdeasForEpisodeVII"

Jon Favreau's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Jon Favreau on Star Wars Disney Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man & Iron Man 2 and voice of Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in chatting with EW: "The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time – that’s extremely compelling. I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine?" With this Twitter Avatar having been an Iron Man-themed R2-D2 unit, it's almost like Favs saw it coming.

George Nolfi's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

George Nolfi on Star Wars Disney George Nolfi, writer/director of The Adjustment Bureau and writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, said the following to EW: "I can’t imagine a larger event-film for our generation than a sequel to Return of the Jedi... Star Wars literally defined ‘the magic of movies’ to me as a child. No other film had more impact on my subconscious desire to become a filmmaker."

Shawn Levy's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Shawn Levy on Star Wars Disney Shawn Levy, director of Real Steel and the Night at the Museum films, to EW: "The Star Wars franchise is nothing short of a generational touchstone… I literally can’t think of any comparable cultural phenom that has so pervasively shaped and galvanized viewers to the extent that Star Wars has. It’s embedded in my — and our — cultural DNA in a unique way and these are enduring strands."

Robert Rodriguez's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Robert Rodriguez on Star Wars Disney Robert Rodriguez, director of Sin City, Machete and the Spy Kids franchises, to EW: "What an amazing world and legacy George Lucas has created — and it needs to continue in capable hands,” the Texas-based filmmaker said. “I do think Disney is the best studio for the job and the fact that they brought in Kathleen Kennedy? I can’t imagine a better scenario. And 2015 can’t get here fast enough."

Mark Millar's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Mark Millar on Star Wars Disney Mark Millar, comic book creator (Kick-Ass) and now Marvel consultant for Fox, on his blog and Twitter: "Exciting to hear that Disney just bought Lucasfilm. This could mean the Star Wars/ Black Hole crossover flick I've always dreamed of... I'm actually pleased about Disney buying Star Wars. Eps 7-9 by 3 new directors is an exciting prospect. I read as a kid 9 were planned. Imagine Episodes 7-9 written by Lindelof & Darabont, directed by 3 of best directors today. Star Wars would reclaim throne overnight. To Star Wars worriers: These will be as good as the writers & directors and Disney have done right by us with Marvel & Pixar. Relax :) The last word on my Star Wars optimism: Imagine the next three movies directed by JJ Abrams, Duncan Jones & Brad Bird. THEN complain :)" A day later on Twitter: "24 hours on & I'm still excited about Ep 7. You THINK you're done, but you're not. You're NEVER done with Star Wars."

Ewan McGregor's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Ewan McGregor on Star Wars Disney Ewan McGregor, young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, ‏shares his interest on Twitter: "Disney have bought Lucasfilm and are planning on releasing Star Wars ep 7 in 2015!! Congrats George and best of luck with whatever is next. Wonder if they will need any Obi-Wan Hologram action??! #ep7 #donthecloakagain #thesearenotthedroidsyourlookingfor #movealongmovalong"

Timothy Zahn's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Timothy Zahn on Star Wars Disney Timothy Zahn, famed and best-selling author of 9 Extended Universe Star Wars novels, creator of Admiral Thrawn character and the planet name Coruscant, said to EW: "The original idea as I understood it— and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he’s thinking right now – but it was going to be three generations. You’d have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke’s father and find out what happened to him [in the prequels], and if there was another 7th, 8th, or 9th film, it would be Luke’s children. The Thrawn Trilogy really would have fit into the gap." "It could be an entirely new storyline, but if he picks and chooses bits and pieces from the expanded universe, we’d all be thrilled to death."

Bob Orci's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Roberto Orci on Star Wars Disney Bob Orci, producer and writer for Transformers 1 & 2, Abrams' Star Trek films, and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, jokes on Twitter: "Great Here comes another Trek ripoff ;)" He immediately went on to talk about more pressing matters for himself, involving a Locke & Key film trilogy he and Alex Kurtzman are developing.

James Gunn's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

James Gunn on Star Wars Disney James Gunn, writer and director of Slither, Super and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios, on Twitter: "So excited for the new Star Wars films! First up, three Jar Jar movies, taking us through 2019, and then the Dash Rendar trilogy! Whoo hoo!" Dash Rendar was the protagonist of the Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire game and has numerous appearances in the Extended Universe.

Kyle Newman's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Kyle Newman on Star Wars Disney Kyle Newman, director of Star Wars loveletter Fanboys and the upcoming Star Wars film based on Peter Mayhew, Chewie, on Twitter: "If you have concerns about this Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm you are crazy. This means movies AND a theme park. Relax and enjoy. In 3D. About to freeze myself in Carbonite. Wake me up on May 21, 2015. Thanks. Night. #starwars"

Seth McFarlane's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Seth McFarlane on Star Wars Disney Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guys, voice actor extraordinaire, and host of the next Academy Awards, tweeted the following: "Looking forward to seeing what exciting new Star Wars adventures will be cooked up by the dream factory that brought us Mars Needs Moms!"

Hugh Sterbakov's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Hugh Sterbakov on Star Wars Disney Hugh Sterbakov, who works on Seth Green's Robot Chicken and wrote Robot Chicken: Star Wars and Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III tweeted the following (later re-tweeted by Seth Green): "Don't forget: The world clearly, undeniably wants more Star Wars. Powers have aligned to deliver. Recognize that before you spout cynicism."

Wil Wheaton's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Wil Wheaton on Star Wars Disney Wil Wheaton, internet geek celeb and Wesley Crusher from Star Trek fame, tweeted the following: "OMG you know what the Disney purchase of Star Wars means? DANCING JAR JAR IN DISNEYLAND PARADES. We have to go back in time to fix this."

Kevin Smith's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Kevin Smith on Star Wars Disney Kevin Smith, creator of Clerks, comic book writer, geek celeb and self-proclaimed lover of the trilogy that matters, on his Facebook page: "I'm all for it. Can't wait to see all the new movies they're gonna make. The 7 year old Kev who saw STAR WARS during its initial release in 1977 is finally gonna get all 9 STAR WARS movies he was promised back then. I'll be first in line to pay for whatever they do. The Disney purchase of Lucasfilm is the fulfillment of a wish the Mouse made upon a star a few years back: the wish for little boys. Sounds dirty but it's just business: the Disney Princess market gave the Mouse all the little girls they could sell an Ariel costume to but Disney couldn't interest boys in their wonderful world beyond the single digit years. Few boys are clamoring to play with a Peter Pan action figure and hooking the audience while their young is an important component of long term brand loyalty. So rather than develop their own boys brand in-house, they started buying "boy" stuff. It started with Marvel and it now continues with the world of STAR WARS. And so long as Disney's allowed to continue the franchise and make new flicks, they'll make that $4 billion back in less than a decade. They've got eons worth on non-movie material to work from, too: all the books, the games, the comics, etc. But the most important development to come out of the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm? We might finally get an official Special Edition BluRay release of the STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL!!!" Recall: Smith brought in Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher for guest appearances in 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Peter Mayhew's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Peter Mayhew on Star Wars Disney Peter Mayhew, the actor in the Chewbacca costume, tweeted the following the day of the announcement: "I've always liked that Mouse, and I'm looking forward to all the exciting possibilities this brings to the Star Wars Universe. So Disney Princess Leia? Goodbye slave bikini, hello tasteful one piece.... About to start filming on Disney's "Chewbacca and the Beast - A love story with no conditioner." Pssst. Stay calm and imagine the good things, like how about an entire Star Wars theme park at Disney designed by ILM.... About eleventy million of you have asked me about Chewie and episode VII. The answer is I don't know. But feel free to start a movement...."

Samuel L. Jackson's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Samuel L. Jackson on Star Wars Disney Samuel L. Jackson was caught in a parking lot by TMZ who asked about his thoughts. He simply said: "He got cheated!" When reminded of the $4 billion purchase amount, he said that's not a lot to some people.

Mark Hamill's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Mark Hamill on Star Wars Disney As for the star fans want back for the next Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) said the following to EW: "Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else. He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them… Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I've heard about… So when he said, 'We decided we're going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,' I was just gobsmacked. 'What? Are you nuts?!' [Laughs]" He also tweeted the following to curious fans: "Congratulations to George for today's mega-deal! Can't comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience."

Master Yoda's thoughts on the Disney-Star Wars Deal

Yoda on Star Wars Disney Leader of the Jedi council and master to Luke Skywalker, Yoda himself shared the following unhappiness on Twitter: "A part of the family belonging to Disney I now am. Expect me to mingle with Mickey and Minnie I hope they do not. Hrrrrm. Releasing a seventh 'Star Wars' film in 2015 Disney will do. Sad to hear about this I am. Anticipate cameos from Donald Duck and Goofy I do. Imagine me standing next to Mickey Mouse now you must. Hurts inside your body I am sure it does. Feel the same I do. Hrrrrm. Traveling next week from Dagobah to Disneyland in the state of California I am. Protesting there I will do. Join me I hope you all will."

May The Force Be With You

Star Wars Lucasfilm Disney Logo Now that we've all had a week for the big news to settle in, albeit a week full of rumors, jokes, parodies and speculation, what are your thoughts on Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and the future of the Star Wars franchise? And should Disney continue this expansion by acquiring Hasbro? - Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes. Sources: EW, TMZ
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  1. Master Yoda lol!

    • That actually is pretty funny.

      When Jon Favreau said Good things about this, I was like “YES!”. Then I realized Favreau directed Iron Man[1&2].
      Marvel’s owned by Disney, meaning he might have felt obliged to say it…

  2. By all the Gods, please not Lindelof…

    • Agreed

    • I will flip out if they let Lindelof anywhere near Star Wars. And I doubt that I’m in the minority.

      • I loved Lost, admired Prometheus (to a degree), but am firmly with you guys. Keep Lindelof away from this.

        • The guy is some kind of evil poison, and Abrams is pretty much the same to my mind. The pair of them roam about adulterating, and plain killing the potential of one interesting project after another.

          • I disagree when it comes to Abrams’s take on Star Trek. I really enjoyed that film.

    • Seconded

  3. Yoda’s dead

    • Well… Yoda must have a good internet access in the netherworld of the force.

      • Indeed, good internet access there is.

  4. Why are they pushing Lindelof?

  5. They should do the origin of yoda

    • I second that! :)

  6. Disney….. If we can’t beat you, we will buy you……

    • Like the Yankees of film?

      • And the Lakers

  7. Picking up after Return of the Jedi could be cool but how about a prequel to the prequels? Origin of the Sith!!!!!!!!!!! That would be awsome! A story line dedicated to the ancient linage of sith lords and jedi knights.

    • The Origin of the Sith would be Awesome!!! :)

      • Agreed!

      • Read the Darth Bane trilogy. It starts with Path of Destruction. It goes through the history of the Sith Order and explains the Rule of Two.

    • Or even a prequel to that prequel. Oh wait, that’s The Old Republic…what about a prequel to that? Oh, Knights of the Old Republic. Looking forward to 20xx and the origins of the Rakata (because everyone knows who they are).

    • They Need to do a movie trilogy about Darth Bane!!! Takes place about 1000 years before episode 4.

  8. How can you not be excited??
    If you’re a fan the idea of more Star Wars is fantastic.
    Even if you loved the first trilogy but hated the prequels the idea of Star Wars without Lucas directing is again fantastic.
    That’s why IMO it’s a win win for us fans. And what’s the worst that could happen? Episode 7 is a dud? We’ve already learned how to handle that sort of letdown. It can only get better from here…

    • +1
      I’m cautiously optimistic.

  9. Still waiting for any news on the Live TV Show ! I fear the worst,cancelled or if done,not as planned and family friendly :(

  10. I love Master Yoda`s thought LMAO!!! :)

  11. Only time will tell

  12. I just hope to see Muppet Star Wars parody…like the old Muppet TV show did.

  13. Please let there be A little Obi Wan Hologram action!!!!

  14. Glad to see it. Now we will get to see Episodes 7 thru 9. I’d like to see Joss Whedon direct Episode 7. I think he will be busy on Avengers 2 though. Harrison Ford will come back as Han Solo. That is a Plus. So I guess there will be another Sith Lord/Apprentice out there. Vader/Obi Wan/Yoda are all dead, so it will be interesting to see if the new Villain can fill the shoes of Darth Vader.

  15. Vader kneeling before Darth Mickey – best graphic ever.

    [I hope that isn't too cynical :p]

    • Emperor Mickey that is. Dont make that mistake again or get zapped!

      • You do know the Emperor was also known as Darth Sidious right?

        • And also as Palpatine

  16. Starwars by Disney? We’re all stuffed looks like market prices for Star Wars are gone

    • Why. Disney did a great job with The Avengers. We’ll see how Iron Man 3 goes but I bet its better than IM2.

  17. I’m up for a new story arc based on the FIRST Jedi Knight….. here:

    “Kaja Sinis was a blue haired, blue eyed Civian species with a deep voice and born on Coruscant 25,000 years before the time of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace. In fact, Sinis was the first Jedi and the founder of the legendary Order of Jedi Bendu Knights. The word Jedi meant “light bringer” in the Civian language. In addition, Sinis created the techniques allowing one to use the Force.”

  18. Perhaps, do something to keep those fans of the EU happy and to do something new…Set episode 7 at the end of the lives of the big three (Luke, Leia, Han) Let them be a big part of the first ep of this new trilogy (and finishing off that part of Star Wars) and letting Ben Skywalker and Jaina Solo be the next generation so to speak.
    That way most (if not all) of the EU remains intact and the whole audience gets something new out of these films without too much in the way of fan boy angst, well hopefully ; ) I feel personally that that anger was a very big part in George’s reasoning behind the sale, go figure.
    As a bridge between Return of the Jedi and this point in Cannon (I hope) an annimated adaptation of either the Thrawn trilogy or the New Jedi order series of books could serve to help the gap in years. I think there are more adult fans of Star Wars then kids these days and that is part of the problem, give the adult fans at least something for just them and it will expedite matters a little.
    My two cents anyway.

  19. None of the filmmakers/writers are going to say it, but as long as Lucas isn’t writing or directing the movies can only get better (unless the 38% on Lindelof’s twitter have their way).

    • Oh so true. Lucas is a ass, and without him, everything will get better. I hope.

  20. After all this centuries fighting evil, dying and becoming a force ghost, the Emperor kill me I should have left, if becoming a Disney property I knew I was – Master Yoda.

    LOL … I have no complaints. Im a loyal Star Wars fan, something I like some things I dont. But more Star Wars I want to see for sure. Classics will be classics always no matter how many sequels or prequels they make

  21. lindelof and bay to resurrect the buddy movie.jar jar and watto trek across the galaxy chasing some pointless mcguffin.
    a kind of odd couple and rain man mashup, with watto in the cruise role and jar jar in the hoffman role.
    “meesa excellent driver”.

  22. Yoda is such a class act but Wil Wheaton need a shave – he looks like a muppet!

  23. If Yoda doesn’t like it, something is wrong

  24. yoda’s been standing next to the mouse for a long time, it’s called star tours. i think lucasfilm & disney go together. i can’t wait for the new movies.

  25. They couldn’t have chosen a more flattering picture of Hamill.

  26. I was against this at first as my initial reaction was NOOOOOO(Vader pun intended) but after a week to think about it I have warmed up to Disney doing Star Wars. I think now they will do it justice moreso than George would have. At least there will be no more special editions(hopefully not) with the only difference being a different color light saber. I know there were a few more than that. I am just being sarcastic ;)

  27. I think it is awesome. disney has done well with the marvel and pixar additions/movies and I heard years ago there were always going to be 9 movies. I am excited!

  28. Timothy Zahn made me chuckle.

    No-one other than a subset of hardcore SW nerds cares about the novel universe, Tim, just let it go.

  29. I cannot wait for disney to ruin it.

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