I realize we have been oddly silent about the recent acquisition of Lucasarts by Disney. This is not for lack of feeling and/or enthusiasm as can be evidenced by the high pitched sound of my screeching as I pounded away on Facebook at the announcement.
Although to be honest, when the news first broke, I was skeptical and sat back pleased with myself that I wasn’t taken in at such an obvious hoax. “Haha, good one guys! Too bad we know Lucas will never release the rights!” is what I said out loud in my empty store as I slapped my knee.
Well, wouldn’t you know it was true!
I sat up, my eyes wide with disbelief, and dare I say it…hope!
With the frenzy of two mating manatees, I typed rebuttals to all my skeptic friends as this was EXCELLENT news! Imagine Yuuzhan Vong brought to life! Imagine people wishing they could use the name “Lady Vader” but it’s MINE! Imagine finally seeing the Solo children on the big screen! The story possibilities were endless.
“But, Leia,” they said. “Aren’t you worried it’s going to be ruined?”
I heartily chuckled and proclaimed, “Fuck no. Look how well Disney has done with Marvel. I have the utmost faith. Let’s just see what happens.”
Of course as the days passed, new details were revealed, each consequently leaving my body shaking from the geekgasms. First we hear that we won’t be getting ONE new film, but THREE (and another trilogy after that), and the first will debut in 2015. Then, the lack of shock from OT stars, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, reveals that they knew ahead of time about this acquisition. Following their enthusiasm, small details emerged, such as writers, possible story lines, and then, finally some concrete facts appeared from Disney themselves: Episode VII-IX would deal with a female Skywalker and would not adapt an EU novel as previously thought by all of us gunning for the Thrawn trilogy or NJO.
While the choice to not adapt an existing tale disappointed thousands (myself included), I remain hopeful. Of course it could go wrong, but it could go wonderfully.
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Until next time guys! I’m going to pop in Episode IV: A New Hope.