You’ve probably heard the news. You probably have an opinion about it. Here’s mine…
The title gave it all away – I’m talking about Star Wars. The franchise has been sold to Disney for $4.05bn, sparking a new age for the series. So George Lucas is a sell-out, right? Yeah, technically he is. He cashed in on his franchise. But I think there’s more to this than him simply becoming a sell-out as Star Wars fans around the world are now chanting.
In a recent interview to address this turn of events, Lucas expressed his desire for the franchise to live on, and move forward in a new direction. He loves Star Wars, but much like Andy from Toy Story had to *spoiler alert* give up his toys so they could find a new home and experience new adventures, Lucas is handing his beloved series over to a company that will cherish it and give it the best shot of being successful again in the future.
I have to say, Disney are definitely the best company to take the series to a new level. Back in 2009 Disney bought Marvel for around $4bn, and in 2012 we were treated to arguably the best superhero film of all time; Avengers Assemble. I think Star Wars will be in safe hands with them, and yes episode 7 will be nothing like the classics, and will not even come close to how magnificent those coveted films are. But I’m ok with that, because I trust Disney to do the next best thing and take the series in a new direction, and do it well.
There’s already so much hate in this world, why add so much more by slating this new venture even before it’s begun? I suppose that’s just the easiest thing to do; cling onto what you know and what you’re comfortable with, disregarding the possibility that something good might come from this. Like I said, we all know episode 7, or 8 or even 9 won’t be nearly as good as the original trilogy, but they don’t need to be. It’s Star Wars, and despite the fact that every film since the originals were destined to be second best to them, they still entertained us and earned a place in our DVD collection. Hell I even enjoyed watching episode II when it came out; despite its terrible dialogue and overly angsty Anakin (he got worse in episode III).
The Star Wars universe has so much potential and so many stories yet to tell, so I for one would love to see it given the chance to blossom and entertain fans for years to come. The mass number of video games based on completely different stories to that seen in the movies (take ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ for example) just shows how much the franchise has left to give. The thought of the kids of the next generation growing up getting excited about Star Wars films, pretending to be Star Wars characters and collecting Star Wars toys gives me a warm feeling inside – even if it’s a different Star Wars to the one we know. There are so many new stories to tell in that galaxy far far away, and I’m excited to once again walk the way of the Jedi, and see what direction it takes us in.
By Joe Topliffe