Nerd News: Brace yourself, Star Wars went Disney

For those of you who don’t know, the corporate cartoon empire, Disney, bought the studio responsible for the mega-film Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm. The purchase took place on Oct. 30 and, admittedly, I thought it may have been some Devil’s Night shenanigans or rumor. It is not. The characters of Star Wars now join the likes of Mickey, Buzz Lightyear, and Stitch in Disney’s ever expanding roster.

At first, I was upset by the purchase. It seems like everything is owned by Disney, McDonald’s or Microsoft, and losing another company like Lucasfilm seemed like a crazy corporate takeover.

According to several news reports, Disney was after George Lucas’ Star War’s empire for over a year, finally coming to an end with last month’s purchase. Lucas, the Star Wars film’s director and sole owner of Lucasfilms, seems positive about the acquisition, telling USA Today, “it’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

That being said, a new Star Wars movie is scheduled for 2015.

I was paralyzed with the fear of the beloved Star Wars characters and setting losing its integrity to the Disney monster. Fears of characters becoming cartoonish, overly kid-friendly chumps. Fear of a world where Han never shot first.

Once I calmed down, I tried to put it all into perspective.

The Star Wars franchise is something that many fans place on a pedestal. Those of my generation and older grew up with the classic movies, forming a bond with the low-tech puppetry, special effects and general campiness of the first trilogy. When the new trilogy came out at the turn of the century, many of those fans were disappointed — the new Star Wars was not their Star Wars. The films all went on to be huge successes, and even those unhappy with the films still enjoyed the fact that new movies were being made.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I became optimistic.

More than a few people have become dissatisfied with George Lucas’ directing ability and many have questioned his actual participation with the movies. Though the Disney takeover means a completely new team, this is not inherently a bad thing.

Having a new team presents all sorts of opportunities that may even revitalize the somewhat tired franchise. Either way, a new movie means a direct expansion of the Star Wars universe, and I think all fans can appreciate that.

Despite my tepidity, I am still trying to remain ever hopeful of the future of Star Wars. Being a nerd, myself, it will be hard to sit with baited breath for the next three years.

I guess if I’ve waited this long for a new Godzilla movie, I can wait for Star Wars, too.

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