Big news in Hollywood today Maniacs! The Walt Disney Company in addition to the purchase of Pixar in 2006 and Marvel in 2009, have announced today that they were purchasing Lucasfilms LTD through a combination of cash and stock buyouts for the large sum of 4.05 billion. This deal also includes Skywalker Sound, Industrial Light and Magic and rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.
Um... I don't want to see Mutt Williams ever again.
If there is any worry that Star Wars may lose it's way, fear not Maniacs! George Lucas is staying on as Creative Consultant for the next 3 movies and they are already in the early-stages of development with an extensive storyline mapped out for the next trilogy, says Bob Iger Disney CEO.
I of course have mixed feelings about this news. George Lucas slayed my childhood and my love of Star Wars when he released the episodes 1-3 and as a result all of my Star Wars memorabilia is collecting dust in my parents basement. Just to be clear I don't live with my parents anymore. ;)
Lucas screwed up and he screwed up big time with the Star Wars prequels and then he raped my dearly beloved Indiana Jones franchise. As far as I am concerned there are only 3 Indiana Jones films! I wanted to be a archaeologist when I was a kid but I digress! This could be a nice change of pace for the series and hopefully Disney reinvigorates both of these franchises but I'm not entirely convinced that Disney can do them justice.
Tron Legacy, Alice in Wonderland and John Carter amounted to explosive diarrhea with overly bloated budgets.
Alice in Wonderland made 300 million domestically with a budget of 200 million.
Tron Legacy made 172 million domestically with a budget of 170 million (survived but didn't thrive).
John Carter made 73 million domestically with a budget of 250 million (complete financial flop).
Alice in Wonderland, Tron Legacy and John Carter were all shallow popcorn films and with the exception of Alice in Wonderland, were financial flops. This catering to an audience of dregs to make a quick profit from the 3D fad has me worried and I think most people want a better product, a deeper product like the Dark Knight, Iron Man and The Empire Strikes Back. I could be wrong. The Avenger's was the best superhero movie I've ever seen and that was under Disney's watch. But, Pixar has dropped the ball twice with Cars 2 and Brave, those were also under Disney's watch.
I hope Disney is successful in replicating the success of episodes 4-6 instead of 1-3. Read the full story about the buyout at Yahoo.