On October 30th, cinema fans and sci-fi fans alike felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of fans suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. Despite the bad Obi-Wan Kenobi pun, fans of the Star Wars franchise did received startling news Tuesday when news broke that the Walt Disney Company would acquire Lucasfilm, the group responsible for the release of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, for a large sum of four billion dollars. With this news came an even bigger disturbance in the force (I can go all day with these puns, folks) when it was announced that a seventh part of the Star Wars franchise would be released in 2015, with the possibility of continuing the saga after that. As if Star Wars fans didn’t need another reason to hate the beloved franchise after the damage the prequels had upon the original trilogy. But with this acquisition, not all things may be going to the dark side. In fact, Lucasfilm going under the Disney banner may be good for both companies, especially Disney.
Despite the fear a new film may bring to fans of the Star Wars universe, the benefits may be greater than the consequences this new film may bring. For Disney, this adds more resources under their belt that can make them a better company. One of Lucasfilm’s divisions, Industrial Light and Magic, helped set the standard on visual effects, with such things as the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and the effects on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? on their résumé. In addition, most of Lucasfilm’s filmography is made up of good films, from American Graffiti to the Indiana Jones franchise, and of course the original Star Wars trilogy. This has to be crucial point for Disney, especially after a slew of bad or just unforgettable live-action films released in the new millennium. Besides the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney’s selection of live-action films has ranged from okay to just awful. I mean, do I really need to bring up John Carter? That being said, they did have success with the release of The Avengers over last summer, but that can be contributed to the work of Marvel Comics, which Disney acquired in 2009. The benefit for Lucasfilm is this: it’s Disney. It’s the opportunity to be part of a multi-billion dollar company that has multiple forms of media, such as television stations and theme parks, under its ownership, an easy opportunity for publicity. After all, the average amount of viewers of SportsCenter for one month is over one hundred million viewers. If George Lucas had ever wanted his work to get countless publicity, he would be stupid not to accept this offer.
The only thing that is bad about this deal is the new Star Wars films. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the original trilogy scores an average of ninety percent from all critics, with the lowest being Return of the Jedi, which has a seventy-nine percent favorability rating. The three prequels, however, scored an average of sixty-eight percent, with the lowest being The Phantom Menace with a fifty-seven percent favorability rating. For the fans of Star Wars, this has to be causing a lot of sweating about how the new film would be. Who will the story be based around? When will the series take place in the Star Wars timeline? With the addition of new characters, will they be good and memorable or… Jar Jar-esque? Only the future can tell, my Star Wars friends. I truly do believe that Lucasfilm, along with its possessions, are in good hands. Just remember what Luke said about his father, the evil Darth Vader: “There is good in him. I’ve felt it.” If it is possible for good to be possessed by an evil and dark man, than it is possible for Disney to make Lucasfilm as great as it can be.
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