Forget the presidential election and Hurricane Sandy. There is only one breaking story today:
It’s a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that only matters to you if you’re a Disney shareholder or George Lucas himself. The part that is attracting the most buzz is this line:
STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 feature film targeted for release in 2015.
Episodes 8 and 9 are scheduled to follow, with two to three years between each film.
I grew up watching the original Star Wars trilogy. But, in light of the three prequels that came out between 1999 and 2005 and featured the likes of Jar Jar Binks, I’m afraid to say my initial reaction to this news is somewhere between this:
If there is hope — ahem, “A New Hope” — it’s this: Lucas said it was time for him to pass the series on to “a new generation of filmmakers.” Which means he won’t be involved. Which means the next three movies might stand a fighting chance of being good in the hands of new filmmakers with fresh ideas.
Liberal or conservative, I hope we can agree on this: May the Force be with them.
– By Kyle Wingfield