Noah J Nelson on Tuesday, Oct. 30th
If you are currently freaking out about Disney aquiring LucasFilm for 4 billion in cash and stock… and thus buying Star Wars lock, stock and barrel, you clearly never rode Star Tours as a kid.
The first time I got on that ride a strong desire to merge these two companies overtook me. I was all of nine years old when that happened.
George Lucas has wanted to let go of the mantle of Star Wars for a long time now. One could even argue that he wanted to let it go before the prequels. Now he can. Now the next generation can step up.
While Disney has had some missteps in their studio of late they are also the shepherds of the mighty Marvel franchise and Pixar. If anything the studio seems to do better with IP that they acquire–that comes attached with talent– then they do with their own.
Having just spent time at the parks this weekend I can also say this much: I hope we get a full-blown Star Wars park out of this.
The only thing I’m concerned about is this: I hope Dark Horse Comics gets to keep the comic book license. They’ve done right by the franchise for almost 20 years now.