The era of Star Wars as the artistic vision of one man has ended.
Star Wars now literally belongs to the public. George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm to the Walt Disney Company for over 4 billion dollars. The publicly traded company immediately announced the production of ‘Star Wars Episode 7′ and an ongoing series of films to be released every 2-3 years thereafter. The Star Wars saga will now model the James Bond franchise, turning out movies until people stop going to them.
What it also means is that the hateboys’ wildest dreams have now come true. Frustrated for years that their complaints, rants, protests and petitions have fallen on deaf ears by a filmmaker who insisted that he has the final say on what is and is not ‘Star Wars,’ hateboys now have businessmen and shareholders who will react with knee-jerk twitches every time they bark. ‘Star Wars’ can now become ‘Star Trek’ — a corporate entity they can control. Years after they boasted, “We won,” now it’s actually true. Congrats, hateboys.
Here are the words hateboys have so longed to hear:
What this means is that it’s now only a matter of time until the release versions of 4-6 trilogy will be released. It’s only a matter of time until ANH is revised by the corporation so that Han shoots first (the only question is whether they’ll wait until Lucas is dead before doing it). It’s only a matter of time before George Lucas’ special edition versions of the 4-6 trilogy are withdrawn from the public with an apology, the way Spielberg has done with the ‘E.T. Special Edition.’ I won’t be surprised if at some point hateboys don’t start a serious campaign to reboot the prequel trilogy with three new films that better reflect THEIR vision for how the saga should unfold.
Hateboys are no doubt rejoicing right now. They got their wish: they have gotten Star Wars away from George Lucas.
It’s also likely to mean sites like this will go away soon. I’m not messing with the Disney legal department. I’ll hang on for a while longer, but the truth is that this is a sad day for me. I understand Lucas’ decision to do it. Either he did it now in a process he could control, or it would put his heirs in a vulnerable position later down the road. We’ll learn a lot more about this deal in the days to come, but for now I can only say this: I hope Disney respects George Lucas’ vision and his art. I hope they will continue to present his work in a manner he would approve, not according to whatever the fickle internet hateboys demand. I hope ‘Star Wars’ remains the greatest saga in cinema history for centuries to come.