Is Disney about to ruin Star Wars?
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Announced on Tuesday, Walt Disney have officially bought Lucasfilm and the rights to continue the Star Wars saga. Although this may be exciting news, fans are concerned. Given that the ‘House of Mouse’ has never really done a science fiction film flawlessly it seems only right that fans of one of the most beloved and famous films of the genre are somewhat agitated. Disney’s ‘normal’ is predominantly fairy-tales, and although Star Wars is fictional personally I grew up believing every character was real. I loved the fact that there was no way in actually scientifically proving that in galaxy far away there wasn’t GunGans, Ivoks and Jedi Knights. Many fans fear that Disney will take away the realism in such characters as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. On Tuesday George Lucas’ stated “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” Lucas will become the second largest individual holder of a Disney share with 2.2% of their stakes. It is also the third time in less than seven years that Walt Disney has signed a massive deal to manage a cherished studio or character portfolio. With the taking over of the Toy Story creator Pixar in 2006, quickly followed by the comic book power house Marvel in 2009, Disney appears to be expanding in many directions, promising a new Star Wars film every few years beginning in 2015. Comedian Simon Pegg joked on twitter: “To be fair, I was saying Lucasfilm was a Mickey Mouse outfit back in 1999.”
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