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Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:06 pm

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Postby Gojilove » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:16 pm

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Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:26 pm

I can only hope that Lucasfilm being sold to Disney and wresting still more control away from Lucas himself means that Episode VII will actually be made with a talented director and scribe at the helm and they'll be able to break away from the awful stagnation the series has suffered in the wake of the prequels.

Because f*ck the prequels.
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Postby eabaker » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:29 pm

I don't care whether they make a good movie or a bad movie; the most profitable franchise in cinema history has been purchased by a company that will be using the massive revenue it generates to further their baby-eating agenda. I will not give Disney my money.
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:48 pm

This is hilarious.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:42 pm

I...mind...is....broken...wat!?!?
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Postby MouthForWar » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:59 pm

Wait...so the next Star Wars trilogy is gonna be made by somebody that isn't George Lucas? Does that mean it's gonna be good??
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:16 pm

MouthForWar wrote:Wait...so the next Star Wars trilogy is gonna be made by somebody that isn't George Lucas? Does that mean it's gonna be good??


Or even worse. :D
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Postby Joseph Goodman » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:17 pm

A "Star Wars" film opening without the 20th Century Fox fanfare with Cinemascope extension will be almost as off-putting as when Vince McMahon opened up the final WCW Monday Nitro.
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Postby Cookie » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:17 pm

I vote for THE THRAWN TRILOGY.
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Postby MouthForWar » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:21 pm

I vote Joss Whedon to run this sh*t.
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Postby eabaker » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:25 pm

MouthForWar wrote:I vote Joss Whedon to run this sh*t.


I dunno... I'm a big Whedon fan, but his style is too self-aware for Star Wars, in my opinion. Star Wars works in part because it plays in such a direct, classical style.
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:42 pm

MouthForWar wrote:I vote Joss Whedon to run this sh*t.


Let's leave Whedon where he is.
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Postby klen7 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:59 pm

MouthForWar wrote:Wait...so the next Star Wars trilogy is gonna be made by somebody that isn't George Lucas? Does that mean it's gonna be good??
my first thoughts went to John Carter of Mars...
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Postby Henry88 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:00 pm

the next three year are going to be fun aren't they....LOL!
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Postby Cookie » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:03 pm

Henry88 wrote:the next three year are going to be fun aren't they....LOL!


what? WHAT? What the "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" is that supposed to mean you son of a "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!". Star Wars FOR LIFE!!!!

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Postby Henry88 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:16 pm

Cookson wrote:
Henry88 wrote:the next three year are going to be fun aren't they....LOL!


what? WHAT? What the "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" is that supposed to mean you son of a "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!". Star Wars FOR LIFE!!!!

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seeing how the fans are going to react to this.
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Postby klen7 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:20 pm

I just read that the deal included 'Industrial Light and Magic', as well as 'LucasArts' and 'Skywalker Sound'... Disney owning ILM could have some implications outside of the Star Wars domain.
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Postby Dr Kain » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:36 pm

Episdoe VII? Does this mean we can now have the kids who grew up on the prequels "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" and moan about how much they hate the sequels to the originals?
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Postby mr.negativity » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:53 pm

From THR:
Disney to Buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion; New 'Star Wars' Movie Set for 2015
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UPDATED: Current co-chair Kathleen Kennedy will become Lucasfilm's president, reporting to Walt Disney Studios chair Alan Horn as part of stock-and-cash transaction; the company plans new "Star Wars" films every two to three years, a series on Disney XD and a larger presence at its theme parks.

The Walt Disney Co. has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock and announced a new Star Wars movie to be released in 2015.

Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chair of Lucasfilm, will become its president, reporting to Walt Disney Studios chair Alan Horn. Disney is paying about half the purchase price in cash and will issue 40 million shares of stock, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars features, with the franchise's creator and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas, 68, serving as creative consultant. There are plans to release a new Star Wars film every two or three years.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,â€
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Postby MouthForWar » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:10 pm

I do think Disney is a major tyrant, buying up all these multi-billion dollar corporations and absorbing them like Testuo at the end of Akira.

BUT I am surprised that so many people seem to be worried about the Star Wars franchise now and the negative reaction the news has gotten in that regard. I mean, without Lucas running the ship, this can ONLY be good news for future films, IMO. I mean, after the sh*ttiness of the prequels, how can Lucas stepping down be BAD news?
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Postby mr.negativity » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:26 am

From THR:
What a New 'Star Wars' Movie Might Look Like (Analysis)
Kim Masters & Borys Kit wrote:Think less "Phantom Menace" and more "Empire Strikes Back" as a new director will be in place for the first time since 1983.

A new hand will guide the Star Wars saga for the first time in nearly 30 years. Does that give fans of the series a new hope?

George Lucas always had planned to make nine films. The new episode takes place, chronologically, after 1983's Return of the Jedi. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that one possibility being considered is an Avengers-style movie universe with not only Lucas' planned final trio of films but offshoot movies focusing on individual characters.

Lucas wrote and directed the first Star Wars (A New Hope), which earned more than $307 million after its 1977 release ($1.1 billion, adjusted for inflation) and stayed in theaters for more than a year. The film earned generally positive reviews, made instant stars of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford and with Jaws helped usher in the era of big-budget summer movies.

Its 1980 sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, was directed by Irvin Kershner, and Lucas is credited with only the story; the screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett. Empire received the highest notes from fans and critics alike and earned $290 million at the box office.

For Jedi, directing duties fell to Richard Marquand, with a screenplay from Kasdan and Lucas, who heavily influenced the production and introduced scenes and characters that fans approached with mixed feelings. That film earned $309 million at the box office.

Lucas continued to exercise greater control over the three Star Wars "prequels" released by 20th Century Fox from 1999-2005. The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were written and directed by Lucas, and together they earned more than $1 billion domestically. But the new films drew the ire of fans and critics, who complained about wooden acting, grating characters with overt racial overtones (Jar-Jar Binks) and a heavy focus on special effects.

Tuesday's news that longtime Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy will executive produce three new episodes in the saga could give fans a reason to be excited. Lucas, who is retiring, has written the treatments for the next three films, Disney executives told investors Tuesday. He'll remain a creative consultant to Disney but won't produce or direct.

"It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers," Lucas said in a release. "I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."

Kennedy, who was named co-chair of Lucasfilm in June, was hired specifically to work on the next three films, a source close to Lucas tells THR. A veteran of blockbuster films, she has worked with Steven Spielberg for years on everything from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to Lucas' Indiana Jones franchise.

"Now at least it makes a little sense about Kathy -- why she would have taken the job," the source says. "She'll probably be making seven, eight and nine (the next three Star Wars films) full time for the next few years."

Lucas, whose Skywalker Ranch is located in Marin County outside San Francisco, has operated outside the Hollywood purview. But Kennedy is more connected to the industry.

Beyond the next episode in the saga, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years for the foreseeable future. The company also sees Star Wars as a TV property on its Disney XD channel, which is aimed at young boys. And plans are in the works to greatly ramp up the saga's presence at its theme parks.

Below, watch Kennedy and Lucas discuss the future of the series in a video posted Tuesday on YouTube.
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Postby monster of dark » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:54 am

It's pretty obvious that Disney turned to Star Wars, because they didn't get what they want out of John Carter... :P ~ kidding.
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Postby MouthForWar » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:33 am

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Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:50 am

klen7 wrote:
MouthForWar wrote:Wait...so the next Star Wars trilogy is gonna be made by somebody that isn't George Lucas? Does that mean it's gonna be good??
my first thoughts went to John Carter of Mars...


Ugh. I hope it's not like John Carter


I do agree with Jared that I'd like to see the new series break free of the Skywalkers. Maybe a cameo of Luke in a new Obi Wan like role but that's it. I do think it'd be cool to see how common folk think of the Skywalker legacy or Vader for that matter.
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