The story loved throughout the world, a simple fantasy tale of love, revenge, over coming difficult challenges, evil overlords, religious orders and swash buckling heroes. A story influenced by Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress”. Yes, I’m referring to Star Wars set in a galaxy far, far away. Where robots camp it up and giant green slugs have a thing for scantily clad princesses in chains. Like it or hate it, Star Wars is one of the greatest film franchises ever made and has a religious following all of its own. So why did George Lucas decide to sell Lucas Films?
“I feel a great disturbance in the force. Like millions of voices cried out in terror and suddenly silenced.”
George Lucas said he always wanted to pass Star Wars on to someone who could continue its legacy. Someone with a new perspective on the story. So it was surprising that he sold it onto Disney. A company lacking in original ideas but strong on marketing. It was also surprising that Disney snapped it up for only $4.1 billion. Disney are known for buying up franchises and have previously acquired Pixar . Even more surprisingly they bought Pixar for more money than they did for Lucas films at a staggering $7.4 billion .
Some devout Star Wars fans were outraged and have accused George Lucas as being a sell out and turning the force over to the Dark Side. Mockery/anger call it what you will is still bounding around the social network sites with one image depicting the Death Star with Mickey Mouse ears. Some fans though are looking forward to the fact that there has been a promise of three more Star Wars films (these are probably the people who liked the Phantom Menace) coming out every two years. But will they be starring Mickey Mouse as Han Solo, Goofy as Darth Vader? It’s a scary thought that this film, loved by so many could well end up going the way of the Death Star.
It looks like it’s all too late and judging by George Lucas’s expression he’s realised that he just lost Lucas Films in a poker game the night before. He does no doubt have a look of regret. Which makes you wonder, why did he sell it?