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Bob Iger and George Lucas  (Source: The Walt Disney Company)
Disney will make Episodes 7, 8 and 9 as well

"Star Wars" will be making its way back to the big screen now that The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion USD. 
 
Disney said it is buying Lucasfilm Ltd. with cash and stock, and the deal includes Lucasfilm's high-tech production companies (Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound) and the rights to the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
 
Even though George Lucas, the creator of "Star Wars" and founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., said he was done making new versions of his mega popular epic space opera, he's going to allow Disney to bring "Star Wars" back to life. 
 
Disney is currently working on a new "Star Wars" trilogy, beginning with "Episode 7." The new episode is due out in 2015, and Episodes 8 and 9 will shortly follow. According to Disney, the new trilogy will follow Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo beyond "Return of the Jedi," which was the third film in the original trilogy (but is chronologically the sixth film in the franchise).
 
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see 'Star Wars' passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas. "It's now time for me to pass 'Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that 'Star Wars' could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."
 
 
Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become the president of the unit. She will also be executive producer for the new trilogy. 
 
Kennedy has been working with Lucas and a team of writers to discuss the storyline for "Episode 7." Kennedy said it's essential to have Lucas present as a key advisor during the making of the next trilogy, and she even referred to him as "her Yoda." Lucas has provided his story lines for the new trilogy. 
 
"I always said I wasn't going to do any more and that's true, because I'm not going to do any more, but that doesn't mean I'm unwilling to turn it over to Kathy to do more," said Lucas.
 
Lucas has received quite a bit of criticism in the recent past due to his decisions involving "Star Wars." Despite creating the hugely popular original trilogy in the 1970s and 80s, he quickly became the bad guy when the second trilogy was released. Many fans disliked the new story line, which took place prior to the original trilogy. Fans also hated new characters, such as Jar Jar Binks. 
 
To make matters worse, Lucas changed some key details in the original trilogy (such as the scene where Greedo takes the first shot at Han Solo in a bar) and released 3D versions of the movies earlier this year, marking Lucas as a "sell out." 

Source: Disney



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Star Wars is dead
By superstition on 10/30/2012 11:09:17 PM , Rating: 1
The films will never be good again.

You know why?

Because we have a kiddie culture now. Even the third film had Ewoks. The dumbing-down will continue, although it's hard to go down from Episode 1 and the other two.

My sister and I loved the first movies when we were kids, especially the first two, but they are films that even adults can love. That is not the case for the three "prequels". Lucas went kiddie and the series was crap from beginning to end.

Adults today don't demand films for themselves much. Now everything is aimed at kids and the adults come with them. Look at the B/W era, with films like Dr. Strangelove. Good luck finding anything even slightly cerebral in today's Hollywood.




RE: Star Wars is dead
By Spuke on 10/30/2012 11:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
After The Matrix smoked everyone's brains, I doubt we'll ever see a deeper than a blade of grass level movie again.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Ushio01 on 10/31/2012 3:48:01 AM , Rating: 3
Have you seen Inception and Dark Knight?


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Spuke on 10/31/2012 3:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
Ah Inception! Yep, got me on that one. But Dark Knight? Nah.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Manch on 10/31/2012 3:01:04 PM , Rating: 2
The first matrix was good. The next two sucked


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Spuke on 10/31/2012 5:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
The second was perfect! I watch that one more than any of them. The third was a let down.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2012 8:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
The Ewoks were there to show how even small things can defeat evil. There was nothing "kiddie" about them in RotJ.

Now the prequels, yeah.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By BillyBatson on 10/31/2012 9:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
The ewoks were incredibly kiddie and wet th jarjar binks of their day. George Lucas didn't write episodes 4 and 5, his contribution was episode 6 and the ewoks easily considered th worst of th 3 original movies.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2012 10:21:33 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone has their opinions. As a lover of the ORIGINAL trilogy, I have no issues with the Ewoks.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 11:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry you're wrong. Jedi could easily be the best of the original trilogy. Millions of people have it as their favorite.

How Ewoks completely ruin the bad ass story in your mind is just silly. We're introduced to Jabba the Hut, that whole part is epic. Han Solo is rescued. Luke becomes a full fledged Jedi Knight and faces his fears...and Vader and the Emperor. I mean come on, that whole confrontation on the Death Star, the fight with Vader, being tempted by the Emperor?? Pure awesomeness.

Vader revealing his humanity at the end, finally, by saving Luke is just so important to the story. And was executed flawlessly. Luke has a belief, albeit naive, that there is good even in the most wicked of people. That even the Dark Side couldn't destroy it completely. Vader didn't just save himself at the end and earn some redemption for his immortal 'force soul', but he saved Luke as well not just from the Emperor, but from having his spirit crushed if his father turned out to be just a mindless mechanical shell.

I can't even put into words how epic Return of the Jedi is from a cinematic, storyline, and execution point of view. If 20 minutes of Ewok's ruin it for you, too freaking bad. Jarjar Binks was a stupid piece of CGI crap that added nothing to do with the story whatsoever. At least Ewoks had a point.

And yeah I'm not really putting into words my thoughts that great, I'm just blown away that someone could dismiss Jedi as "the worst" just because of Ewoks. When there's so much more going on with the story.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 1:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Star Wars is dead
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2012 2:04:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but now Lucas makes Vader reveal his inner whiny 16-year old girl too.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 3:48:10 PM , Rating: 1
Lucas ruined Vader, yes. He also ruined "Anakin Skywalker" so horribly in the prequels that we don't even care he becomes Vader anyway. Because he's so unlikeable and annoying as Anakin we actually cheer for bad things to happen to him.

He also ruined Jedi's in general, utterly, with the "miticlorians" bullshit. I literally could not believe what I was watching when that came up in Episode 1. You take a mystical spiritual-like power in the Force, and then ruin it by making it a simple matter of biology and not anything special about the person itself or the power of his "belief" in the Force.

I guess if Lucas did Empire today, instead of Yoda urging Luke to feel the Force, to concentrate, to center himself; he would instead give Luke a blood transfusion or something? My how special...


RE: Star Wars is dead
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2012 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
Result of the age of science. If we can't explain it scientifically, it can't exist. People having "mystical" powers implies a God. Can't have that.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 8:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but then he threw in the "immaculate conception" with Anakins mother!! Soooo lol, I don't know what the f he's going for with that.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By BillyBatson on 11/6/2012 11:22:43 AM , Rating: 2
This did ruin the story. The appeal of Star Wars to a wide audience was because people felt the characters were relateable, if you tried hard enough, trained hard enough, believed hard enough.... Anything could be possible and any average joe could become a hero.... With the reboot of the series Lucas completely changed that now all the training in the world from Yoda couldn't make an average guy like me with no special bacteria in my blood that was handed down through birth into a Jedi.
Lucas is a talentless hack!!!


RE: Star Wars is dead
By BillyBatson on 11/6/2012 11:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
SORRY reclaimer but out of the 3 original movies, part 3 is unanimously considered the WORST of the 3, the most over the top and poorly written of the 3, the stupid ewoks brining down the sith.... It truly is the most "Disney" like movie of the 3. It is also he only movie of the original 3 that George Lucas wrote.
Part 2 is considered the best of all 6 movies.
Like I said talentless hack. And you have poor taste in movies if you think 3 is the best.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By ComputerJuice on 10/31/2012 4:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The Ewoks were there to show how even small things can defeat evil. There was nothing "kiddie" about them in RotJ.


Well... kinda yes in his result, but mostly no.

The story ROJ story conclusion was originally to have taken place outside of the Wookie slave/home world of Kashyyyk. Lucas however made the film more kid friendly by using Ewoks & Endor resulting in your small things can defeat evil statement. This was all news in 1983, when Lucas reportedly was avoiding an R rating for the film. The R rating would have been likely given due to having a bunch of 7 foot Wookies beating storm troopers & imperial slavers to death with their own appendages. "Ewoks solved the problem nicely", I believe was the quote.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By JediJeb on 10/31/2012 9:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
Around that time it was also rumored that the Ewoks were substituted for Wookies because the logistics of making so many Wookie costumes and maintaining them would have been a nightmare since it would have been done without much CGI back then. I imagine it was also easier to find an army of actors less than 4 foot tall versus finding an army of actors at near 7 foot tall :)


RE: Star Wars is dead
By BillyBatson on 11/6/2012 11:15:37 AM , Rating: 2
They were incredibly cheesy and kiddie aeven when I was a kid and are just plain boring and annoying now that I'm older. Do you also remember the ewok Tv specials that came out after the movie? George Lucas was quick to make a bad thing worse even back then.


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