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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    So! Disney bought Lucasfilm! This is pretty big news, and I don't think anyone saw this coming. My thoughts, which I just posted on Facebook:

    I think it's a GOOD thing, considering how terrible Star Wars has been as a brand of late. Angry Birds? Telecomms? Electronics shops? Screw that. I never saw Mickey Mouse advertising O2. Nor Jack Skelington peddling wares from Argos. Imagine THIS: New Star Wars films (which ARE happening) that aren't run by Lucas and his Yes Men.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    I posted this in response to Tap's post in the news thread, but I'll repost here:

    Because AUGH.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Good. Lucasfilm has been a moribund caretaker of a legacy property for ages now. Maybe in somebody else's hands it will get a spark of fresh life.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Nor Jack Skelington peddling wares from Argos


    You don't know that... :P
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    A friend of mine pointed out to me that this is the same Disney who now runs both Pixar and Marvel. Really ponder over what it means for the company responsible for the Marvel film 'verse to be making the next generation of Star Wars movies.

    This... could actually turn out to be the best thing to happen to Star Wars in years.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Coming in 2016: X-MEN VS. THE EMPIRE
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Sorry, didn't notice the post in the news thread! Oh well, warrants a thread of its own, really.

    Argos: Hahah! Different Argos. The electronics chain in the UK. :)

    I love the fact that George Lucas will now take a back seat. I wonder what had to happen to wrest control out of his hands, considering that he - an editor more than a director or writer - decided to control absolutely everything in the prequels.

    Imagine this: Joss Whedon directing Star Wars Ep 7? Peter Jackson? Christopher Nolan? Duncan Jones?!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    (Brad Bird?)

    The thing that gets me is that one of the most successful independent film studios just got eaten by the biggest media conglomerate in the world. That kinda saddens me.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    BUT WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER STAR WARS MOVIE.
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    @dorkmuffin, we don't but Disney will have to play with their new toys very publicly so we're gonna get 3 more at least.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012 edited
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    Chances of Han Solo being a Guardian of the Galaxy have dramatically increased.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Oh, nerds.

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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012 edited
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    "Why do we need another Star Wars movie?"

    Well, I'm not against that. It is a big universe, with lots of stories to tell. I'm just against the artificial stitching together of backstories and retconning that tends to go on in the dotage of a sci-fi author's life. See: Asimov, Heinlein. Universe builders tend to want to see their universes all tied together into some neat ball.

    If Disney were to take the Star Wars *mythos*, and make movies just based on that? No problem. If they buy into Lucas' compulsive need to stitch together all possible loose threads, so that we *must* get Skywalkers or Jar Jar Binks or Yoda in every movie? Not so much.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Yeah, we don't NEED another Star Wars movie, but if it's GOING to happen, I'd rather it happen at Disney than with Lucas writing/ directing again. I remember reading the comics in the late eighties, and they did a really good job of continuing the story of that particular Galaxy while expanding upon it. I absolutely loathed the loose-end-tying happening in the prequels and hope they can use some of the EU to make the universe bigger again.

    Alan Tyson: YES! Brad Bird!! I do get your point about the indie eaten by the corporation, though.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    I can't take any credit for the Brad Bird idea - Twitter's been batting that back and forth like a cat with a ball, and it was the one part about this news that made me grin and say "heh. That could be kinda cool."
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    The thing that gets me is that one of the most successful independent film studios just got eaten by the biggest media conglomerate in the world. That kinda saddens me.


    This.

    Business wise I see how it works (is Howard the Duck now official Marvel Movie-verse?) and is probably good for all concerned - including the fans, but...

    I'm sadby the direction mainstream movies have taken into geek franchise after geek franchise and it seems, according to this article in the New York Times the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences dislike it too...
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012 edited
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    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MORE DOS GAMES.





    ...seriously though, I'm not sure I like this trend in acquiring set worlds and franchises instead of making new ones, but I guess easy money. As for the Star Wars movies, I probably won't watch 'em as everything after the prequels has felt too much like fanfiction with a budget to me.
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    Coming in 2016: X-MEN VS. THE EMPIRE

    Not in movie form, not unless Disney manages to break FOX's arms to get the movie rights back. So at least you don't have to worry about that one immediately. In movie form. ;)
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    Of course, Disney does have Joss Whedon writing The Avengers movies for them...

    (Not that I expect that they'd give him the Star Wars franchise to play with, but damn that would prove interesting if they did...)
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
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    Star Wars Episode VII, starring Nathan Fillion.

    The internet would explode.