Wars’ entered my world. I went to see the film with my family and was hooked. My
first ‘Star Wars’ figure was C-3PO and he went everywhere with me. ‘Star Wars –
A New Hope’ had a major impact on me at such an early age. It stoked my creative
engine and broadened my imagination. I became a dreamer. The effect deepened
with the release of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, by far the best ‘Star Wars’ film
released to date.
After the successful acquisition of Marvel, Disney dared to repeat the task by purchasing Lucasfilm Ltd for 4 billion dollars. The ‘Star Wars’ franchise has had a successful 35 year run and Disney is looking to keep it rolling. The franchise has created over 4.5 billion
dollars in box office sales.
“It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers”, says Lucas. “Having a new home within the Disney organization, ‘Star Wars’ will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. 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.”
Lucas goes on to say that ‘Star Wars’ could last 100 years with Disney.
Disney has the capability of expanding the ‘Star Wars’ universe to new heights on many
levels. It is important to remember that the driving force behind ‘Star Wars’ was creativity and the story. Lucas was true to his vision of ‘Star Wars’, although I am still baffled about the incorporation of Jar Jar Binks and Ewoks into his world. Through the
greed and influence of the Disney and its shareholders, there may be a possible morphing of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise into what the purist hate; movies with excessive effects, weak story lines and poor character development. This is a common trend in movie making today. Sure, ‘Star Wars’ is a business but to the movie fan, it is much more.
‘Star Wars Episode 7’ is scheduled for release in 2015. Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is set to direct this film. “It was "incredibly surreal" to be asked to direct 'Star Wars'”, says Abrams. He claims ‘Star Wars’ will not affect his work on the 'Star Trek' franchise. "They're very distinct and separate entities." Although Abrams did an outstanding job on the ‘Star Trek’ revamp, many purists of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ alike believe cataclysmic ends to the both universes are inevitable.
I’m sure both will survive. Don't worry about Abrams' influence on the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films. Worry about Disney's.