Episode 7

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Colin Trevorrow Rumored To Possibly Direct Star Wars Episode VII (2015)

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We can add another name to the list as, in addition to the rumor of Matthew Vaughn, Colin Trevorrow is rumored to be on the list to direct Star Wars Episode VII set for 2015.

The indie filmmaker is known for his sci-fi movie Safety Not Guaranteed, which reportedly Star Wars creator George Lucas took a liking to.

Celebuzz states that Colin Trevorrow met with George Lucas to discuss the new Star Wars project.

While no details about Colin Trevorrow’s meeting are known, it’s stated that he is on the list of potential candidates to direct the next Star Wars.

In addition to this rumor, we’ve heard quite a few more, including the original cast will be featured, more director choices, and that a female protagonist will eventually end up taking the lead in the new Star Wars movies named “Skywalker.”

For more Star Wars news head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.

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Brad Bird For Star Wars Episode VII Director? Check Out The Campaign Video

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Even though Matthew Vaughn has been rumored to direct the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII movie in 2015, how about Brad Bird?

Brad Bird already has a relationship with Disney with The Incredibles and Ratatouille, and he did direct the 2011 action flick starring Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Ghost Prototcol. He was also a consultant on Pixar’s Toy Story, worked on Up as well as a long stint on The Simpsons.

Regardless what your feelings are about a majority of Bird’s resume being animated, at least the guy can tell a good story.

And interestingly enough, Brad Bird was in a meeting for a movie with Damon Lindelof when the Star Wars new came down, with Lindelof recently letting his Star Wars opinions be known. However, there was an apparent rumor that the duo were, indeed, on a new Star Wars, which has seemingly been shot down.

Anyyay, the following “Brad Bird For Star Wars director” campaign video might sway your vote.

The YouTube Channel the Unlearning Center put it together.

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Star Wars Episode VII “Biggest Event Movie In The History Of Modern Cinema” Says Star Trek’s Damon Lindelof

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We previously heard from Damon Lindelof, the writer and producer on the likes of Lost and the Star Trek movies, in series of tweets where the screenwriter revealed his enthusiasm for the new Star Wars movie in 140 characters or less.

Now, Rolling Stone Magazine has given Lindelof a pulpit to further explain his thoughts and feelings on the big Star Wars news.

The co-creator of Lost explains how he was in a production meeting for a new movie when the news came down. Someone wrote “Disney buys Lucasfilm” on a napkin and passed it around. Then, when it came around that a new Star Wars movie was slated for 2015, the meeting actually came to a halt, with the participants going online to check out the news.

Following are some excerpts from Lindelof’s article at Rolling Stone.

Lindelof starts off by writing that he never thought another Star Wars movie would come to be and is especially exited that he gets to see a new movie with his son.

My first knee-jerk reactions was just a tremendous level of excitement and enthusiasm. I really believed that I would not see another Star Wars movie as long as George Lucas was still alive. You know, he’s a pretty hale and hearty guy, so that’s a long time from now. I had totally written off the idea of ever seeing a Star Wars movie with my six-year-old son. So for that to all change in the space of five seconds, where suddenly two summers from now that’s gonna happen – it’s just about the most awesome thing ever.

He also mentions his thoughts on the casting and compares it to the Rolling Stones, meaning you at least have to have the originals make an appearance.

As far as casting, my feeling is that they have to bring back the original actors. How can you express that these movies take place after the original trilogy unless some of those characters are in it? I don’t feel that they have to be at the epicenter of the drama, and I definitely think they should introduce new characters. People don’t want to hear the same songs over and over again, but if you see the Rolling Stones, they better do “Satisfaction” as an encore.

Lindelof continues with mention of how he thinks the direction of the next Star War movies should proceed.

I like the idea of the original characters being Obi-Wan’s age now. Previous movies have opened at a time of incredible galactic conflict. As opposed to this next series opening where everybody is happy, I imagine that something happens between this Return of the Jedi and this new film that has split everybody up and created some turmoil that needs to be resolved. The arc of the first movie, if not the first trilogy, would be about getting some of our favorites back together for one last hurrah, in partnership with whoever’s going to be carrying the torch forward.

He goes on to discuss bringing back Harrison Ford, and that if Ford really wants Han Solo to die, then so be it. Lindelof also makes mention of the potential filmmakers involved and whether Disney will be going a route similar to The Dark Knight Trilogy or Star Trek with one director handling all the chores — writing, directing, and producing. Or what about bringing on a relative newcomer, with Rian Johnson of Looper being named.

Lindelof does say that whoever does come on board the new Star Wars needs to be a fan of the film and offers that when the film does hit theaters it’s going to be the “biggest event movie in the history of modern cinema” and be more anticipated than Phantom Menance.

By the time you walk into that theater in 2015 you’ll have some sense of what the movie is going to be like. You’ll know whether or not some of the original actors are returning. You will have seen the trailer and all that stuff. But it is going to be – I can say this with 100 percent confidence three years out – the biggest event movie in the history of modern cinema. The level of excitement and anticipation about Episode VII is going to be double what it was for Episode I.

Head on over to the link above for more from Damon Lindelof. 

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Boba Fett Would Love To Be Back In Star Wars Episode VII

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The baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy wants to return to Star WarsBoba Fett!

With the news that Disney has acquired Star Wars from Lucasfilm, we are hearing from just about everybody that was associated with the past movies.

Jabba the Hut let his feelings be known as well as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, a Lucas biographer and a Star Wars novelist.

Now the actor that was swallowed up by the Sarlaac Pit in Return of the Jedi, Jeremy Bulloch, comments on the recent Star Wars news that sees a trilogy begin anew in 2015.

While not considered canon (technically), Boba Fett did escape the Sarlaac Pitt in the Thrawn Trilogy as the beast below could not digest Boba Fett due to his armor (correct me if I am wrong).

“It would be lovely to see Boba Fett back!” Bulloch tells UnleashTheFanboy. “The technology now exists to make his jet pack even more realistic and exciting.”

Bulloch admits that the new Star Wars movie might go with someone younger for the iconic role, but says he would be up for it he got the call — or even a cameo.

“Realistically I’m sure if Boba Fett were to return they would go with someone younger, but I’m still fit and can jump around. I’d love to be involved in some way, maybe a cameo as an ageing Bounty Hunter in the corner somewhere.”

For more Star Wars news head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.

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Is Max Landis Writing The New Star Wars Episode VII Movie?

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Max Landis will be making his directing debut with a new comedy called Me Him Her.

The movie is described by Variety as “‘Reality Bites’ on acid,” with it said that the film is a “quarter-life-crisis tale set in Los Angeles that features three young leads, at least one of whom is struggling with their sexuality.”

The article also goes on to mention something that was previously announced back in January of 2012, that Max Landis is on a top-secret project with Disney.

Looking back at the original article from 2012 is quite revealing as it states that Disney has picked up an untitled space adventure that was pitched by Landis.

We know from George Lucas that he met with screenwriters who pitched their versions of the next Star Wars movies.

The article also goes on to state – back in January of 2012 – that Disney is “looking to greenlight high-profile tentpoles that can prop up all of its businesses” and is “on the hunt for potential film franchises that can benefit all of the company’s divisions.”

Sure sounds like Star Wars.

So what was the pitch described as?

“Project revolves around the emotional journey of a brother and sister as they undertake an epic adventure.”

The only caveat I can think of would be that Disney accepted the pitch prior to the release of Chronicle, which really got people to notice Max Landis. Would Disney go with Landis prior to Chronicle on such a big franchise as Star Wars?

Worth a thought.

It might also be worth mentioning that George Lucas is a close friend of Max’s father, John Landis. Lucas offered John Landis the directorial gig on Howard The Duck, with Lucas also appearing in Landis’ Beverly Hills Cop 3.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub for even more news about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm.

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Han Solo To Die In Star Wars Episode VII? Harrison Ford Open To Returning

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The next Star Wars film is due out – by Disney – in 2015 with Episode VII and by all accounts looks to feature the original cast.

While George Lucas has passed on everything to Disney and won’t be directing the next Star Wars Trilogy, Lucas has previously talked with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but perhaps the most popular Star Wars character of all time hasn’t been heard from — which comes as no surprise.

That is until now.

If you are a Star Wars fan you known that Harrison Ford wasn’t big on playing Han Solo as he is quoted as saying he didn’t understand the Star Wars franchise. Not only that, but Ford has only attended one Star Wars reunion, with – interestingly enough – Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige in attendance, along with Christopher Nolan, and brother Jonathan, in addition to Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It also turns out there was a death scene written into Return of the Jedi, but that was scrapped due to George Lucas thinking it wouldn’t go over well with the audience, which would cause sales for Han Solo action figures to plummet.

Now we get word from EW.com, from a “high placed source,” that Harrison Ford would be open to returning in Star Wars Episode VII, albeit with what sounds like a few dependencies, such as a script and director in place. And there is even mention that Ford might want a mandatory death scene for Han Solo.

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” EW’s source said.

While there are no specific quotes from Harrison Ford on returning, the article does go on to make a case for the death of Han Solo.

“I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom…George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys,” Harrison Ford is quoted as saying from an ABC interview from 2010.

As Han Solo is a smuggler and as seen in his previous Star Wars films has come close to meeting his demise numerous times, it wouldn’t really be all that far-fetched if the character was to be killed off in the next Star Wars film. It also sounds as if Episode VII will be more of a pass-the-torch movie with a new younger cast being featured in subsequent movies. However, as George Lucas himself noted, how would a Solo death scene with the iconic character getting permanently put on ice sit with the fans?

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub for even more news about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm.

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Matthew Vaughn Rumored To Direct Star Wars Episode VII (2015)

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Seems there may have been a good reason for Matthew Vaughn bowing out of directing the sequel to X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Namely, Star Wars.

The Collider has it that Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct the next Star Wars movie, which Disney set for a 2015 release following their announcement of the acquisition of Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 billion. It’s stated that Star Wars was the reason for Vaughn dropping out of the X-Men movie.

Vaughn previously wrote and directed X-Men First Class as well as wrote Kick-Ass, The Debt and Stardust.

Regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s been said that Matthew Vaughn may stay on as producer. Bryan Singer was recently announced to be the new director.

No details are known about Star Wars Episode VII, but it has been said to be an all-new original story and both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have previously talked with George Lucas about it, as well as, reportedly, high profile Hollywood screenwriters.

For more on Star Wars, head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.

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Thrawn Trilogy Author Says Star Wars Sequels Should Be Family-Oriented Storyline

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With the news hitting that Disney is acquiring Star Wars from George Lucas and that Episode 7 is planned for a 2015 release, fans can’t help but wonder what the next Star Wars trilogy will bring.

Eight years following the Return of the Jedi, a series of novels was released, The Thrawn Trilogy, that was set five years later.

The novels quickly made their way to the best sellers list and were adapted into a popular comic book series from Dark Horse Comics called Dark Empire.

So with news of the new Star Wars trilogy slated for 2015, 2017 and 2019 — would Timothy Zahn’s novel’s be the focus?

We’ve already heard that no, none of the comic books or novels will be used, because quite frankly, they aren’t part of the Star Wars universe, and the next Star Wars movies are said to feature an all-new original story as well.

George Lucas has made this quite clear in interviews, and Zahn confirms as well.

“The books were always just the books,” Zahn told EW.com.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that was always (or perhaps still is) the case as Zahn says The Thrawn Trilogy was going to fit in somewhere.

“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,” Zahn said.

As EW notes, some of what Zahn had written in his series of novels did become Star Wars canon, with appearances and references in the prequels. Zahn goes on to say that not only would he would love for his books to have a place in the Star Wars movies, but as the series is so beloved by fans, they would to.

“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,” Zahn said.

While the writer, who also has more Star Wars novels coming out soon, has apparently nothing to do with the new Star Wars movies, Zahn does offer up his take on what direction the new trilogy should take, one more family-oriented than the predecessors.

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“I’d love to see a good father-son, or mother-son, or daughter story. I’d like to see family. We haven’t seen a lot of good family stuff in Star Wars. A lot of it has been dysfunctional, and driven by somebody else. Anakin was a slave and manipulated all his life. Luke and Leia never knew each other…

“Some family interaction would be something different for the new movies to do – against the backdrop of excitement and adventure that forms the basis of Star Wars. There are a lot of directions you can go with the Skywalker families and really kick some serious butt,” Zahn offered.

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Star Wars Episodes 7-12 Rumors: Feature Original Cast & More

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A bunch of rumors regarding the new Star Wars movies have hit the web from an apparent source that told about the new movies three years ago.

Included in the rumors is mention of what has already come out in the past couple days, but some new details surface as well.

The website MarketSaw posted a lengthy “e-mail” from a source that might or might not know a few things.

Just glancing at it, the source says Disney will restore the original Star Wars movies and that it is a “no-brainer,” however, there is just one problem with that and that is Fox Studios still owns the rights to the original Star Wars movies.

Regardless what’s what, we can still have some fun.

Here are a few details:

•  Luke Skywalker is the primary focus, as are many of the original cast (note: Mark Hamill earlier revealed that he and Carrie Fisher were contacted by George Lucas about additional Star Wars movies)

• The tone of the new Star Wars Trilogy (set for 2015, 2017, 2019) will be more inline with the original

• The Star Wars TV show is still a go and look for test footage and shots to be released

• Two trilogies are planned with the second trilogy focusing on a female protagonist to be featured in the second trilogy named Skywalker

• A few names being thrown around to direct include: Steven Speilberg, Neil Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuarón, Matthew Vaughn, Darren Arnofsky

• Joss Whedon is mentioned as possibly directing further down the line

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New Star Wars Trilogy Set for 2015, 2017, 2019

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With Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas for $4.05 billion, it was announced that Episode 7 would be released in 2015.

We’ve also heard that George Lucas handed Disney over film treatments for not only Episode 7, but Episode 8 and 9 as well.

It’s since come out from a former George Lucas biographer that Lucas’ Episode 7 featured a Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s, and it has also been said to be an all-new original story, one not adapted from the comic books or popular novels.

Now the latest come from the LA Times in that previous to the Disney acquisition, George Lucas met with screenwriters about new Star Wars movies, which fits in with what Mark Hamill recently stated, that he and Carry Fisher met with Lucas about new Star Wars movies as well.

Regarding the screenwriters, the LA Times notes that several pitched their version of Star Wars to Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, who will be overseeing Star Wars for Disney, and that the screenwriters were “well-known screenwriters with experience creating big-budget Hollywood films.”

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We also know that George Lucas will not be on as director, but it’s stated that Lucas will remain on in some form of “consultant” role.

With the announcement that Disney is purchasing Star Wars, came news of more movies. Episode 7, as previously announced, will be released in 2015, with subsequent Star Wars movies released in 2017 and 2019, the LA Times reports.

Fans have also been back and forth over the idea of Disney doing Star Wars, with various images mashing the two companies’ characters hitting the social networks. Disney already released a Darth Vader Disneyland video, which may have concerned some, but as many fans have noted, Disney has done well with Pixar and Marvel, which the LA Times notes as well, in that they have taken a hands-off approach.

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Mark Hamill Comments on Star Wars Disney; Familiar With Episode 7, 8 & 9

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With Disney’s announcement that they are acquiring Lucasfilm from George Lucas, and with a new Star Wars movie set for 2015, “Episode 7,” Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, now offers up some comments.

And he was just as surprised by the news as you and me.

However, Mark Hamill wasn’t surprised that more Star Wars movies are being made.

Hamill told EW that he has been in contact with George Lucas who told him about Episodes 7, 8 and 9; however, he missed Lucas’ phone call about the Disney acquisition.

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.

Hamill also reveals that co-star Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, knew about the new movies as well.

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 — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases. 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] I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We’ll see. I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney.

Regarding his thoughts on Disney taking over the Star Wars franchise, Hamill said he has mixed feelings, but noted how well Disney has handled both Pixar and Marvel.

I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.

And finally regarding Mark Hamill in Star Wars Episode 7? He just doesn’t know.

Well, no, he was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn’t be directing. I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, “Now you can’t tell anybody!” [Laughs] Even now I’m nervous about saying anything. I just don’t know!

While we don’t know yet if Hamill will have a role, it has since come out that the Luke Skywalker featured in Star Wars Episode 7 may be in his 30s and 40s and with an original story.

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Star Wars Episode 7: Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s Says Biographer

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With the announcement that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm and Star Wars came news that Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in 2015.

George Lucas has stated he is finished with the film treatments for Episodes 7, 8 and 9, and handed them over to Disney.

The story was also said to be original and something that we have never seen before, meaning not from the previous novels or comic books.

Now, we might get an inkling of what Star Wars Episode 7 may be about as back in the 80s a biographer got a peek at everything George Lucas wrote, the outlines from Episode 1-12.

“It was originally a 12-part saga,” Dale Pollock, writer of the unauthorized George Lucas biography, “Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas, told TheWrap. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’ “

Pollock goes on to state how the screenplays for the prequels were “dreadful,” and offers that in regards for Episode 7, they will need an older Luke Skywalker as he is in his 30s or 40s.

Pollock did sign a confidentiality agreement so is apparently barred from saying more; however, he has since had a falling out with George Lucas, after interviewing the director over 80 times, but does state that Disney will be “absolutely” using the outlines.

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Star Wars Episode 7 (2015) To Be All-New Original Story

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With yesterday’s big news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas in addition to the announcement of Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015, fans have been theorizing what story would be featured.

The best guess was that Episode 7 would adapt the novels that revealed what took place about 5 years after Return of the Jedi, the Thrawn Trilogy, which I believe the Dark Empire comic book adapted.

Yesterday’s announcement also revealed that George Lucas had film treatments for episodes 7, 8 and 9.

However, today we learn that Star Wars Episode 7 will be an all-new story and an original one, as a source from Lucasfilm tells EOnline as much.

“It’s an original story,” a LucasFilm source revealed.

This fits in with what George Lucas has stated previously in interviews, that the Star Wars story stopped with Return of the Jedi.

What that exactly means for the series of novels and comics that take place after Return is anybody’s guess, but we know that Star Wars Episode 7 will be something that we haven’t seen before – and from a galaxy far, far away.

EOnline also states no director has been attached as of yet.

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Holy Sh*t! Disney buys Lucasfilm & Star Wars!

The Force Now Bows at the House of Mouse

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

All of you be completely honest with me.  How many of you are dusting off your old scripts/treatments/outlines for YOUR ideas concerning Star Wars Episodes 7, 8, and 9 right now?  I know I AM!  If you don’t know why I’m asking this question then the Force is not strong with you and you didn’t realize that the subheading for this article is 100% true AND that Star Wars Episode 7 has been announced for release in 2015; ready to go head to head with Avengers 2 and Justice League.  Before I melt into a puddle of geek-boy-goop, let’s review the particulars of this amazing . . . dare I say “ultimate” alliance?

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Lucas is no longer interested in the above (thank God!)

Disney is paying George Lucas (who 100% owns Lucasfilm) $4.05 billion dollars to acquire the following: Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, Indiana Jones and (of course) Star Wars.  About half of that $4 billion dollar purse is being paid in cash with the rest issuing 40 million shares at close.  With Mickey dolling out this kind of cash, it’s amazing that he hasn’t been able to wrangle ownership over the rest of Marvel’s movie rights from the financially shaky ground Sony seems to be occupying these days

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Original gold, but can it be recaptured?

And now some thoughts:

1) Is this why everyone hates the Lakers, the Yankees and now . . . Disney? – Big money draws big stars, the best licenses and great expectations.  Cue the Imperial Death March.  Everyone knows that George Lucas transformed into the Emperor himself once the Star Wars merchandising rights literally gave him a license to print money without having to do so much as to scratch his own ass.  He has a history of sending in his real world storm troopers (aka lawyers) to bankrupt anyone even hinting Star Wars without his expressed seal of approval.  He has whored his own “material” more than Caligula and done so shamelessly with a flannel coated smug look all the while.  Is there more reason to hate Disney now that they’ve cloned the Emperor and given him Barry Bonds’ steroids?

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Disney is on a free agency binge.  Not unlike some unnamed team in the NBA.

2) Will the “Post-quels” be any good seeing that Lucas is (finally) out of the loop? –The short answer is: possibly, but by no means definitely.  Look, the man invented Star Wars, I get it.  He deserves much respect for that, but let’s not dust off his spot next to Shakespeare and Dickens as one of the greatest contributors to the art of fiction just yet.  Lucas was much more intimately involved in the production of the prequel trilogy and that simply paled in comparison to the original.  This suggests that someone else (ANYONE else) has the potential to outclass Lucas in writing something new within the world he invented, but it also presumes there’s someone in the current pool of regurgitated screenwriters that have the knowledge, vision and motivation to generate something greater than or equal to the originals. 

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Bad writing is why you fail.

3) Will Marvel and Star Wars cross over?– I think we all know deep down, that this will happen at some level: comic books, TV, video games or maybe even movies.  The real question is when, but an even more important question is to ask how much Star Wars will factor into Kingdom Hearts 3?  That’s presuming it ever actually happens!  Vader vs. Sephiroth vs. Mickey vs. Sora = epic!

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This game could be dark enough for both Vader AND Sephiroth.

4) Who gets tapped to lead the new Star Wars?– This is a very tough call and as much as I’d love to say Chris Nolan could do some good work here, his brand of grounded realism doesn’t mesh well with the fantasy of Star Wars and Disney.  Peter Jackson would make more sense as his extensive experience with Lord of the Rings seems to lend itself to the concept of space opera better.  Spielberg could even make sense, but he’d have to be reminded that the franchise is called Star WARS not LOVE.  Many writer/directors in Hollywood are capable of being the creative force, but very few would be willing to hand the next 10-15 years of their careers over to just one franchise.  I’d like to see someone new, untarnished by Hollywood hype and cynicism take command.  Disney, you can contact me, Lawrence Napoli aka Giuseppe Jones, aka the other man in black, aka the no one from nowhere, aka DarthNaps any time, any place.

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My idea has NOTHING to do with this!

5) What’s next for the Big Cheese?– Disney appears to have ignored the memo that there’s some sort of global recession going on because their checkbook is open and they are ready to assimilate some major entertainment conglomerates at bargain prices.  Here’s some food for thought, though.  How much money is in the video game business these days?  What if, in its attempts to regain the other Marvel movie rights from Sony, Disney actually makes a counter offer to acquire the Playstation brand and everything that falls under its stable?  Nintendo vs. Microsoft vs. “The Mouse” suddenly seems a lot more one sided and all the complications surrounding the fight over console exclusives and first party studios would dissipate in light of “a simple matter of money.”  This doesn’t make sense to anyone else out there?  I’m pretty sure Wreck-It-Ralph comes out this Friday, it’s bankrolled by Disney and it involves the greatest crossover of videogame characters on film to date.

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Also brought to you by, you guessed it, Disney!