Saturday, November 3, 2012

Disney Vader

First, it was Winnie the Pooh, then the Muppets, and now the beloved Star Wars franchise is following suit. Is there any end to the insatiable appetite of Disney?
"The Force will be with you
(and my bank account)...always."
The Walt Disney Company announced this week that it's buying Star Wars director George Lucas's company, and plans to revive the classic sci-fi series starting with a new movie in 2015.
Disney chief Robert Iger: "The deal combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity."
Lucas says it's "time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."
If bringing the Disney touch to the next series of Star Wars sounds like just the thing to make the next trilogy better than the last, then you'll buzz to know that Episode VII is due out in 2015.
If not, you'll be horrified to know that we should expect to see a new Star Wars movie every two years from here on, even beyond the planned Episode IX (yeup, that's right: NINE!!!), and Star Wars will soon be invading resorts as well as a theatre near you.
Lucas: "Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."
Yoda must be spinning in his tiny little grave!
The acquisition comes after Disney's takeover of animated film giant Pixar and comic book character-driven Marvel Studios. But why? Why? WHHHYYYYYY??? scream the purists. Well, NO-one in their right mind would turn down an offer of US$4-BILLION, would they??!!! And Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucas. Chick-ching!

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