With the announcement last week that George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion came a huge disturbance in the Force. For some fans, it was heresy; for others, a joyous proclamation. I have mixed feelings about the situation and have lots of questions. When Disney makes a new Star Wars trilogy, which will reportedly commence in 2015, is it going to be safe, family fare? Will having Lucas, who does not write scintillating dialogue, simply provide good outlines that other writers and directors can build upon work as a preferable option to critics who didn’t like the prequel trilogy? Given all the Clone Wars cartoons in recent years, plus longtime rumblings of a live action TV series, do we even need more Star Wars stories or movies? Who will play Luke, Leia and Han after the Empire is defeated, and will the story be interesting?
These are among many burning questions that will not be answered for months (don’t worry, I’m not losing sleep here). Some people feel that there is an irony to the idea of the self-sufficient Hollywood outsider selling out to a large studio corporation. (Although major props to Lucas for planning to donate a lot of that loot to education.) For now, take a gander at this video in which Darth Vader and two stormtroopers take a trip to Disneyland, which is meant to celebrate Disney’s Lucasfilm acquisition. It’s cute. And funny. And that kinda bothers me.