Disney buys Lucasfilm, Episode 7-9 in the works

That’s right, this is no joke. Lucas sells his company to Disney for 4 billion dollars, and Episode VII is already planned for a 2015 release with a new movie to follow every 1-3 years. You can read the official press release on their official blog. Are you excited for this development or are you letting out a desperate “Nooooooo”? Let us know in this thread.

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5 thoughts on “Disney buys Lucasfilm, Episode 7-9 in the works

  1. Can’t they let Star Wars die already? I’m tired of all this. Leave us alone with our canon and be done with it.

    • I’m less concerned about the quality of the new material than the sheer volume of it all. I suppose that seems rather beside the point, but I see myself as having left behind any sort of ‘defending’ quality as far as canon goes. I don’t see much purpose in it anymore.

      Eurobricks has had it with Prequel bashing. Once these Disney movies come out we’re going to start getting into all that again; online forums in riots and flame wars all around, not to mention the legions of clueless n00bs drawn in by ’what’s new’. It’s sickening to imagine. I’ll have no part in it.

      Besides, we fans have a legacy. Look at the 501st, look at Leland Chee, look at mortesv and Aeroeza. I don’t want to see 8-year-olds running around with Darth Vader sneakers and Boba Fett action figures. What does that make the rest of us?

      Right away I have to acknowledge the feeling that as someone who has only himself gotten into Star Wars relatively recently I suppose I can’t really make the argument that older fans will be discredited with the introduction of a new generation into the franchise. I don’t mean to come across as conceited with that stance – as someone that learned the tools of the trade by spending time (online) with a community of adult fans, it simply feels more natural to align with them.

      There’s such a lack of perspective when you don’t know most of the history. Gamers who haven’t played Final Fantasy III aren’t able to appreciate the changes that Final Fantasy VII brought to the series. Those who haven’t played Dragon Quest aren’t able to appreciate the accessibility that the earlier Final Fantasy games brought to Japanese console RPGs. And those who haven’t played the first few Ultima and Wizardry games aren’t able to appreciate the novelty that Dragon Quest brought to RPGs as a whole.

      I feel that, at least for a franchise with an official canon like Star Wars, one must have at least some grasp of how that canon has evolved over the years to develop a substantially appreciative fandom. I like Medtner, but my lack of ability to call upon the history of Western classical music prevents me from seriously discussing (and in the process more fully appreciating) his musical style. Granted, it requires far more background to really appreciate classical music than it does to like Star Wars, but it’s the same idea.

      That’s part of why I make such a fuss about retroactive continuity – it’s all part of the history. The alterations that a retcon brings to the canon changes a fan’s familiarity with the franchise. I was able to make a case for studio model measurements as opposed to canon measurements because I was familiar with how the former had been altered over the years for the sake of the story. That’s different from someone who read off the plaque on 10221 yesterday and tells me “lol it says 19km y u no read bro”.

      The thing is that with a universe as immense as Star Wars there’s already so much to learn. I myself have barely looked at all into Republic or Tales of the Jedi, two huge areas of the canon, simply because I can’t get ahold of any old comic books. New fans coming into the franchise don’t need more material to follow because there’s already this enormous, coruscating universe waiting for them. If digging through old news puts them off, they can leave and that’s fine.

      Star Wars doesn’t need new movies. It could use a re-release of the original movies on new media, but even that wouldn’t be totally necessary. I would prefer that it was put to rest.

      • Hi Fallenangel, nice to see you around again. Sorry to hear that this news upsets you so much, but I can’t say agree with you.

        I have always been against the notion of some OT fans that one has to know and appreciate all or most of the history of Star Wars in order to like it, especially since those people don’t even nearly know and like everything about the franchise themselves. What’s wrong with being a casual fan by simply saying “I like these movies” and buying some of the merchandise? Saying “be a true fan or get out” is so discriminating towards people who just want to enjoy some movies and not become full fanatics and often puts people off from becoming fans from the start. And in the end, that’s what Star Wars is; just entertainment. Anything beyond that is what the fans make it out to be. If you want to be all into it and try to know every piece of canon out there, go ahead, but don’t expect others to be as dedicated as you. Introducing new generations to a fandom doesn’t discredit it, it makes it grow.

        And to come back to your original question, the reason why they can’t let Star Wars die is very simple: money. Star Wars still continues to sell tons of merchandise, and the reason for that is the introduction of new material such as videogames and The Clone Wars, and now this new trilogy. It wouldn’t be bringing in nearly as much money today if Lucas would have simply left it off after the original trilogy. I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but creating a consistent canon and keeping the old fans happy is not the primary interest of franchises such as this, it’s to keep the business going. Sometimes they just have to make decisions that will not make everyone happy, but are in the best interest of the company, which is to keep the franchise alive.

        Of course you’re right in saying that this will probably divide the fandom even further and lead to some disagreements in online forums, but that’s how it always is with active franchises. And no matter what part of the saga you like and support, we are all still united in our love for Star Wars. Sounds corny, I know, but that’s how I see it.

  2. I am sorry that my comment, though made in more of a wistful mindset, came across as harshly as it appears to have. And as usual, the response is greatly leveling. I only wish that these sorts of realizations had occurred sooner so that I would not have garnered the reputation I had in my earlier days on Eurobricks.

    My initial post was less of an actual question than the expression of a desire for something that isn’t possible. I think all it needed was a bit more clarification. Unfortunately, the following post made for a rather negative context.

    It’s clear that I was harboring an attitude of wanting to push away those less familiar with the franchise than the minority that people of communities like astromech.net represent. Understand, though, that I made the mistake of not having worded my thoughts in such a way that the jabs at the less interested be made in a lighter manner. In stressing franchise history I desired to express how much I enjoyed knowing it – not to convey antipathy toward the more casual population. There’s no denying that I’ve long since lost my patience with n00bs, but that viewpoint wasn’t intended to shine through here as strongly as it did.

    I suppose underlying all this is a fear of the older parts of the franchise being approached in a dismissive manner by the newer generation of fans. I’m largely fond of and satisfied with the Star Wars universe as it is today, but Disney may do for Star Wars what VII did for Final Fantasy. Regardless of what will be covered in this third Trilogy, this is Star Wars taking another big step. I do not wish to have Disney Star Wars become mainstream and its fans mock us for viewing our beloved Original Trilogy with rose-tinted lenses. In retrospect, it’s highly unlikely to happen with Star Wars, but it’s not an atypical fear for someone that’s been largely out of the loop since The Force Unleashed.

    The last bit, I think, truly suffered from terrible writing. If I may be allowed to try again: as it is today, Star Wars spans a broad and diverse enough of a universe that, even without new material being introduced, it can readily attract another generation of fans. I am confident that they will enjoy exploring the 30+ years of canon that has been previously established. Though the process of trudging through ancient comic books and video games will not appeal to all future Star Wars fans, those who become hooked and choose to sink their teeth into the existing canon will receive just as much satisfaction as they would from watching new Disney Star Wars movies.

    • That’s alright, your clarification sounds much more sensible and I understand your point better now. However I still can’t say I share your concerns and opinion, but then again I’m not an OT fan (I don’t think the PT is better, I just enjoy it more).

      I don’t think there is a set capacity for canon. I think as long as you can expand a universe, you should, and Lucas is right in saying that he has created a very large universe, so there’s still a lot of stories to tell. 35 years of canon may be enough for you, but I for one think that I know as much about the history of Star Wars as I want to know (many of the books and games simply don’t interest me) and I’m ready for something new, so I’ll be looking forward to this new trilogy. That’s why I keep watching the Clone Wars despite its mediocre quality, and I’m sure there are others who will agree with me.

      And yes, I know your question was rhetorical, but I decided to answer it anyway because fans often seem to forget that franchises are businesses. It’s something important to keep in mind when talking about topics such as this.

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