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Old October 31 2012, 09:48 AM   #346
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Re: Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm

When I saw the news this morning (my time), I was like "WTF?!" And then I LOL'd.

Does this mean SW films will be Disneyfied?

Everyone's talking about SW, but this also means Indiana Jones, correct?

Interesting times. And probably a sign of the coming apocalypse (52 days, folks!)
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Old October 31 2012, 10:26 AM   #347
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So, Disney are gonna be making Episodes I-III? I remember seeing the drafts of those episodes, they seemed very promising, a shame they never ever got to shooting them with real actors and script.
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Old October 31 2012, 10:39 AM   #348
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Re: Star Wars Episode 7 - 2015

And now the prophecy has come to pass.

Amongst all the talk of Star Wars, has there been any mention of continuing Indiana Jones? That interests me far more (as long as they don't recast the role).
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Old October 31 2012, 11:06 AM   #349
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Haaaah, I see what you did there!
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Old October 31 2012, 11:39 AM   #350
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I'm fine with that. Too much of the EU has been junk aside from a handful of video games and novels, and don't get me started on that hideous Cade Skywalker crap set more than a century after the Original Trilogy...those are some of the worst SW stories ever conceived.
On the contrary. Legacy was one of the most vibrant and exciting stories to ever come out of the EU. A bit overly complicated in some places, maybe, but altogether a worthy Star Wars epic.

That said, your statement regarding the quality of the EU by and large has some truth to it. The appeal of the whole idea of having tie-in novels, comic books, video games etc and declaring their stories "official" is that the SW universe (which would otherwise only have 6 films) has become all that larger and more detailed in that way. I personally have often felt that my appreciation for the films and their details (background characters, events that are but mentioned) has only increased by having read a SW book that focuses on that particular detail. Nevertheless, far too often, the EU writers tend to be formulaic and their stories thus forgettable.

I imagine, since the EU has been considered canon and official for so many years (GL has included EU creations into the films, as you know: Aayla Secura, for one), so I don't think they will go out of their way to contradict it, but possibly in individual aspects. One thing I could easily see them do is take back Chewbacca's death in the NJO, if only for the reason that they feel the character should get another chance to be seen on the screen - or respectively that it would be anticlimactic to the casual fan to simply learn in a piece of dialogue in Episode VII that Chewie died when a moon fell on him.

Maybe the future of the current EU will be something like the old Marvel comics: They represent the "rest" of the story to satisfy the needs of an early-80s audience. Today, I don't think anyone considers e.g. Jaxxon the 6-feet-tall green space pirate rabbit "canon" anymore in any significant sense. All that followed either explicitly or implicitly superceded that. But those who remember him and these stories from their childhood comic book reading may hold them dear and relevant anyway.

We'll see. But it's beyond exciting to hear that SW will indeed continue on the big screen, and so soon. Seeing that GL's original story treatments will be used (while other people will bring a fresh perspective to the realization of same), I'm confident that these will be films I will love as much as the old ones.
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Old October 31 2012, 11:44 AM   #351
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Has any been reading some of the comments on twitter? Some comments have been LOL moments.

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Amongst all the talk of Star Wars, has there been any mention of continuing Indiana Jones? That interests me far more (as long as they don't recast the role).
Nothing yet. I did read something about Ford won't do another action type film due to his age. I would love to see it recasted, as it's worked for Bond.
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Old October 31 2012, 12:05 PM   #352
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I'm not going to turn my nose up at anyone attempting more epic sci-fi movies. There are not nearly enough of them as it is. But I won't hold my breath on them being good just yet...
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Old October 31 2012, 12:10 PM   #353
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So then, the most successful independant film company of all time is now part of the Disney empire? I'm not sure it's a good thing.
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Old October 31 2012, 12:12 PM   #354
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...with Lucas writing treatments for new movies.
Aaaand up until I read that, I was actually excited about this news. Come on Death, get to reaping already.
Not cool.

Besides, Lucas is great for coming up with story ideas. It's writing dialogue and directing actors that he's not so good at anymore.
That's precisely the way I've always seen it. Which bodes well for the new films.
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Old October 31 2012, 12:30 PM   #355
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Can I just say, I don't give a damn about Mara Jade? I mean, I really, really don't. To me, that's fanboi stuff.

I too wonder about Indiana Jones. The silence is loud.

Edit: found a partial answer:
"We didn't ascribe any value to the Indiana Jones franchise because of the encumbrances that exist," Iger said, referring to Paramount Pictures' ongoing stake in the series it has distributed.
In other words, tough titties, IJ fans.
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Old October 31 2012, 01:04 PM   #356
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What's shocking is the price. I though Lucasfilms was worth more than 4 billion. Disney bough Pixar for 7.2 Billion and Marvel for 4 billion. Unlike Jobs, George Lucas wasn't even offered a position on the board of Disney.
That is odd, unless George just wanted to "cash out" and not have to help run the company any more.

Lucasfilm only really has two iconic properties, SW and Indiana Jones, and Disney has already said that they have no plans for an Indy 5 for the forseeable future, thanks to financial entanglements with Paramount.
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Old October 31 2012, 01:17 PM   #357
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Can I just say, I don't give a damn about Mara Jade? I mean, I really, really don't. To me, that's fanboi stuff.

I too wonder about Indiana Jones. The silence is loud.

Edit: found a partial answer:
"We didn't ascribe any value to the Indiana Jones franchise because of the encumbrances that exist," Iger said, referring to Paramount Pictures' ongoing stake in the series it has distributed.
In other words, tough titties, IJ fans.
This attitude is becoming commonplace in the industry. Companies are less and less interested in cross-studio efforts outside simple distribution channels.

Similar thinking torpedoed an X-men related pitch Rob Liefeld made to the comics division of Marvel a couple of years ago. He was told by Editorial that "Marvel has no interest in developing new IP concepts for Fox studios" (Fox holds the rights to the X-Men films.)

It may also explain why the popular and well-received Spectacular Spider-Man animated series was yanked summarily in favor of Ultimate Spider-man.
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Old October 31 2012, 01:18 PM   #358
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Are they kidding with this shit? Oh well, at least there will be more hilarious Red Letter Media content as a result.
Surely you're joking? Red Letter Media hilarious? I find them not one iota funny, any very annoying and banal instead.
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Old October 31 2012, 01:21 PM   #359
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Are they kidding with this shit? Oh well, at least there will be more hilarious Red Letter Media content as a result.
Surely you're joking? Red Letter Media hilarious? I find them not one iota funny, any very annoying and banal instead.
Same here. Red Letter Media is pretty tedious as far as I'm concerned. I tried to enjoy its content at first because I'd heard some good things about it from a couple of online sources but it quickly wore out its welcome and I now steer clear of it. I can't remember the last time I visited the site.
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Old October 31 2012, 01:27 PM   #360
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I wonder if they will retcon Chewbacca's death. That'll be the ultimate middle finger to NJO.
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