Disney is forking over $4 billion and stock to purchase LucasFilms lock, stock and barrel. At the same time, the studio announces plans for a continuation of the "Star Wars" series on the big screen starting in 2015.
I'm not sure I have any interest in going back to this series, but then there's this bit of news: George Lucas will not be writing or directing it.
Now that's a bit more intriguing. After the way he's drained this series of so much of its magic and creativity over the years, I'll be glad to see him as a consultant only.
In a statement Lucas says: "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars
passed from one generation to the next. 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.”
Keep in mind, the best "Star Wars" movie is still "The Empire Strikes Back," which Lucas did not direct and had a lot of help writing.
The notion of an Episode VII has been tossed around since the plans for the prequels was announced. Could Disney persuade Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to return to their roles to continue the story after "Jedi?"
And who should be in charge of this? Certainly not Disney's team that gave us "John Carter." Wait. What's Brad Bird up to these days?
There's no question that this series can live on, and before you as "Why do this?" The answer is simply, "Why not
"Star Wars" as a franchise that will continue to rake in money to infinity and beyond. (Wait, wrong spaceman reference.) I absolutely plan to introduce my kids to the "holy trilogy," and even the prequels, except Episode I. I refuse to recognize it. But this is a series that can keep making kids happy for generations.
I hope we learn more about plans for Episode VII sooner rather than later.