Many are groaning about Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilms for $4 billion dollars. Why? This probably (but hopefully not) is an indication of more animated Star Wars movies like the Clone Wars, which was incredibly awful.
Despite this one (unconfirmed) downside, this is exceptional news.
I’m going to give seven reasons why Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilms is awesome news for every Star Wars fan. Some of these points are confirmed, and some remain unconfirmed, since the deal went down so recently, but we can always hope! If Disney plays its cards right, both the fans and the stockholders will have smiles on their faces.
1. Episode VII… Has a 2015 Date Stamp (Confirmed)
I, along with many others, have been complaining about the lack of effort that LucasFilms has been putting into making new products. As it turns out, while George Lucas’ company was pouring money into a relatively unsuccessful MMO game, he was out writing treatments or episode VII, planning for its release when he decided to retire.
While we have little indication at this point of the plotline, characters involved, actors involved, or anything else, nobody really cares. There’s going to be another Star Wars movie… IN 2015. Now we just have to hope that Disney doesn’t screw everything up and ruin our memories of the saga. LucasFilms and its employees are still going to be an integral part of the new films, though, so I don’t think this will become an issue.
2. Episode VIII (Confirmed)
Thought you got close to peeing your pants when you heard about episode VII? Well, there’s going to be an episode VIII too, since George has already written treatments for it also. This, of course, won’t be out for a long while, but I suppose that VII will be able to hold us over for as long as we need to contain our excitement.
Movie about the Revan and Malak storyline? I sure hope so, but we have no way of knowing at this point.
3. Episode IX (Confirmed)
Seriously? Already had to change my pants twice today, and you had to go and announce episode IX in addition to VII and VIII. Aren’t roman numerals fun enough when they’re not in connection with Star Wars?
4. Star Wars Rides at Disney Theme Parks (Kind of Confirmed)
This one might be my favorite on the list. You see, Disney is much more than just another movie-making company – they own gigantic theme parks that are, in my opinion, incredibly awesome. (Doesn’t matter how old you are, the magic still GETS YA. Like the boogeyman, except covered in glitter glue.)
Darth Maul’s Revenge coaster? R2-D2 teacups? Race pod fighters at 120 mph speeds and blow up the Death Star on some kind of insane thrill ride? Look at me in my eyes and tell me that you’re not excited about these possibilities. George Lucas mentioned the benefits that Disney’s theme parks bring to the table in his most recent video, so we can be pretty sure that there will be some awesome new rides coming to the Disney parks!
5. ”A Bunch of Other Movies, Comics, and Books” (Confirmed)
Those are George Lucas’ words exactly. It’s becoming pretty clear to fans that they will have no shortage of fandom to enjoy and spend their money on in the future! Which is, from a financial standpoint, a bad thing, but who cares about finances when you can have Star Wars merchandise?
6. Battlefront III (Unconfirmed)
Sure, Halo 4 is coming out, and I’m going to buy it, but I’m still waiting for Battlefront III, and I’ve been waiting a very long time. A very long time. Though Disney is indeed rather unskilled in the video game creation field (ahem… Epic Mickey) I can dream, can’t I? Just hire Bethesda or somebody to do it for you, and you’ll make boatloads of money. Better yet – BUNGIE.
7. New KOTOR Game (Unconfirmed)
This is probably an even more ridiculous wish than Battlefront III, since that last MMO that LucasArts put out was supposed to count as a KOTOR game, but we all know that it didn’t really. Membership fees? Really? I’d much rather just have an Xbox 360 game, and I hope that’s what Disney decides to give me. In return, I will hand them my money.