It started out as something kind of funny. When I logged on to Facebook and saw that Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm Ltd. via a friend’s status update, I thought it was one of those hoaxes that pops up every once in a while, like the depressing one stating that Morgan Freeman died.
But when I saw a graphic of Minnie Mouse in the infamous Princess Leia bikini, I knew something was really up. When I sought the wisdom of Google to clear up this obvious misunderstanding, I was treated to the second-greatest scare I have ever received on a Halloween to date.
It’s real. Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion.
The greatest scare I have ever received on Halloween was learning that Disney was already planning the next three “Star Wars” movies, the first of which will be released in 2015 and follows the lives of Luke, Leia and Han Solo after the events of “Return of the Jedi.”
Regardless of my initial fears, there are some positives to consider in this deal. While Lucas will serve as a creative advisor for future projects, he isn’t in charge of them. This is a relief, considering fans have bashed Lucas for years over the direction he took in the new “Star Wars” trilogy, especially his pointless addition of Jar Jar Binks.
This gives new creative talent a chance to revive the franchise and tell stories in a different way, which could be a phenomenal change.
Second, Disney would be allowed to include “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” levels in the “Kingdom Hearts” games. While it probably won’t happen, isn’t that incredible to think about?
Can you imagine Sora or Riku fighting with a lightsaber-themed Keyblade? Or battling alongside Indie? The nerd potential here is both endless and terrifyingly glorious.
Third, it gives a new generation of Padawan learners the opportunity to discover one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time. This is priceless, because it means the classics fans have always cherished can still live on.
But the big fear regarding the acquisition is this: Will Disney try too hard to revive the franchise, and in doing so, run it further into the ground?
All stories must come to an end. We must never forget masterpieces and the incredible ingenuity of the past, but there comes a time when you’ve squeezed the last of the juice from the lemon.
“Star Wars” doesn’t deserve to be Force-choked. While Disney could do great things, it could also overplay its hand and shove so much “Star Wars” down our throats that the whole franchise loses its appeal.
Disney must know what it’s getting itself into. “Star Wars” is too revered to risk running into the ground. They’ll tread carefully, and I’ll remain cautiously hopeful that they won’t mess things up worse than Lucas did.
(Seriously, why change the bar scene? Han shot first.)
If Joss Whedon directs the movies, then I’ll be highly optimistic — Whedon doesn’t tend to screw up nerdy sci-fi projects. The Force would be strong with him.