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Everyone is posting about how horrified they are about Disney acquiring Lucasfilm and planning to make a new Star Wars movie. It could go really badly: They could start tacking on pointless additional "Star Wars"-esque movies for no motivation other than profit, fill them with cutesy characters designed to appeal to a demographic as imagined by marketing departments, load them down with glittery special effects and wretched dialogue....

Oh, wait.
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Yeah. Also, Disney and Pixar merged and it doesn't seem to have hurt Pixar.
 
Elvis has already left the building.  Three movies ago.
 
and disney has done a pretty good job with Marvel, haven't they?
 
Avengers was amazing - I'll give this an honest chance
 
They could hand Star Wars off to Joss Whedon.  Seriously, just let that settle in your geeky brains for awhile.
 
They also have been good with their translating and distribution of Studio Ghibli films.
 
Give creative control to Pixar, or Joss Whedon, and then we'll see something amazing. Otherwise...I am just going to go back and watch the original trilogy again.
 
+Christine Paluch Well, it's not like Whedon could fuck up Star Wars any worse than Lucas has. Of course, you could say the same thing about the schizophrenic guy down the block who's always ranting about how the government has implanted a radio in his head.
 
+Ian Hickson - Doesn't seem to have hurt Pixar? Doesn't seem.. doesn't... You're serious?  I mean... sure... it hasn't hurt them if you're talking in raking metric buttloads of cash...

+Lionel Lauer - Never underestimate the ability for Disney to make something far far worse than what you previously thought was possible. They have an amazing track record for doing so.
 
+Lionel Lauer The implication of Whedon with Star Wars is he can bring Star Wars back to its former glory, or maybe even improve it significantly. 
Also Disney as of late has been pretty solid. I think the Eisner era is behind them in some respects.
 
Someone elsewhere was suggesting JJ Abrams ... that would kick. I do like Whedon's style.
 
+Ian Hickson - Yup. Exactly the same. A Cars sequel. A Monsters prequel. A Nemo sequel...

As opposed to... oh... creating new and innovative stories and new and innovative ways to tell them. Which is what they used to do.
 
+Yonatan Zunger Think about how it would SOUND with Disney music from the 80s boom-chucka boom-chucka <-- lol
 
+Allen Firstenberg Unlike Toy Story 2... and 3...?

They've always said that they're happy to do sequels so long as they can tell a compelling story. And Cars 2 was at least as compelling as Cars.
 
+Allen Firstenberg There's no sequel to Finding Nemo coming. In the eleven years following the first sequel they made (Toy Story 2), Pixar has released ten movies, only two of which are sequels (Toy Story 3 and Cars 2). 

Plus, after Monsters University, their next three movies after that will all be new.

http://pixartimes.com/2011/12/05/more-details-on-pete-docter-movie-that-takes-you-inside-the-mind/#comments

http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/pixar-announces-lee-unkrichs-next-project-about-dia-de-los-muertos/

How exactly are they not creating new and innovative stories again?
 
+michael interbartolo look no further:
2012 Dance Off with Star Wars Stars - Hyperspace Hoopla at Star Wars Weekends at Disney

The "legacy" of Star Wars is pretty beat up already.  Disney couldn't do much worse.  They could certainly deliver the final blow; give the content to Disney's direct-to-video producers.  But there is also some resurgence in Disney that could do good things.  It's all about the leadership and Disney's story on that point is still very much being told.  Disney has the capacity.  But it's all about the execution.
 
+Yonatan Zunger in response to your post, that's what's happening with The Hobbit, all done in the name of profit.  Same thing with Avatar same thing with all things Marvel.
 
Not Horrified. We should call this "A New Hope". Har Har Har... Seriously Disney has put out a lot of quality lately.. like Avengers... So I think that this could be good.  then again it could be Star Wars VII: Return of Jar Jar Binks...
 
I'm with you +Lionel Lauer ... the only thing possibly worse would be an Ewok epic ... the downhill began with the Ewoks.
 
I don't really care if they make new Star Wars movies or not. A combination of getting older (and realizing the original three, while enjoyable, we're exactly great) and the prequels pretty much killed any desire to see anything new in that universe.

But something  I saw mentioned elsewhere could be a good thing: Disney isn't one to stand on principle when it comes to a good old fashioned cash grab... which means perhaps we'll get a chance to pick up the original trilogy, without the horrible edits, on Blueray sometime soon.
 
People complaining about how bad a movie franchise is remind me of those who complain about the rubbish coming from certain people in their Twitter feeds.

Unfollow = Don't watch the movie = Problem solved. 
 
<insert meta post about people bitching about posts here>
 
+Gray Embry it's a good thing that much of the public does not have the same attitude as you or else Disney would not have bothered to acquire Lucasfilm.
 
Naw. I'm excited to see what this combo brings. 
 
Steve Jobs got a chunk load of Disney stock when he sold Pixar to Disney.  I wonder how much of a chunk George Lucas will get.  Big enough so that George Lucas get a board seat on Disney? Hmmm......
 
I know I'm looking forward to seeing Captain America in the next Star Wars movie.
 
+Sean Dawson Me, I'm looking forward to watching Jar Jar Binks have the crap beaten out of him by the Incredible Hulk.
 
Here's something to think about: Princess Leia is now a Disney Princess.
 
+Lisa Ellis: I know!  It is bogglifying.  (And I just independently posted that exact thought on the post above this one.)
 
What I find disturbing in a way is how major studios seem to have run out of creative steam for years now. In the last year or so it was either 25% or 50% of major films were remakes (can't remember which %).

While there are plenty of amusing special effects constantly coming out, original content seems to be lacking, and you really can't just go shopping for that.

At the risk of being cynical, I'm sure there are a few industry experts that realize if you have enough control of a market then the content doesn't need to the priority.

Thankfully there are many fine indie films around but not so easy to find. I think this interview (part of it) with Robert Redford says a ton:

Robert Redford interview - Part 1/3
 
+Lawrence Grodecki, so what else is new?  Your not saying anything that's been said a million times over the past couple decades.  And it's very obvious why and you should know the answer.   It's all about the money!  M-O-N-E-Y!  It's called the entertainment business!  B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S!  
Originality =  risk  
Publicly owned big business = risk aversion
 
+Michael Comia Obviously you didn't watch the interview I attached. Pretty much everything in our western civilization is a business of one form or another. Originality has its own rewards, and opportunities.

That's been said countless time too, but I don't mind saying it here.
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