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Arthur Levine

It's a Small Galaxy After All

By November 1, 2012

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It's official. Disney now owns everything. Well, not everything. But it does own Mickey and the gang, the Pixar cash-printing empire, the Muppets, all of the stars (dancing and otherwise) at ABC, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers at Marvel, and, as of a couple of days ago, Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, and everything else that is part of Lucasfilm. If you were able to shell out $4 billion (the value of the deal signed by Disney CEO Robert Iger and Lucasfilm founder and owner George Lucas), perhaps the Force could have been with you.

What does this mean for theme parks? While there's been no official word from Disney, it seems likely that the company would want to capitalize on the Star Wars franchise (and to a lesser extent, the Indiana Jones franchise). Star Tours, which got a glorious reboot in 2011 at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, is more popular than ever. The Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland is among the Imagineers' crowning achievements. Disney has already committed to a new Star Wars film to be released in 2015 and plans additional movies beyond that. I wouldn't be surprised to see an entire land, if not an entire park, built around the sprawling, beloved sci-fi saga. Would that send you into orbit, Star Wars fans?

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Photo: Disney, 2011. Used with permission.

November 2, 2012 at 9:16 am
(1) Yetti Gold says:

Dear Disney and LucasFilm,

Congratulations! You now possess the power of the force and with it comes a great deal of responsibility. So here’s what you’re going to do:

STEP 1 – you’re going to set the new films (Episode 7, 8 and 9) 30 years after episode 6 (Jedi) and you’re going to have the FULL original cast back playing themselves as older people. DID YOU HEAR ME? You are going to cast Harrison Ford as Han Freaking solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Billy Dee Williams as Lando and even Denis Lawson back as Wedge Antilles. HERE’S THE CATCH: THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE THE MAIN CHARACTERS. They are older now and you can use them as side characters revolving around NEW lead characters. We don’t care what new characters take over leading roles but you HAVE to bring back the old cast for this all to be LEGIT and to come FULL circle. PLEASE don’t cast new actors in these roles and don’t CGI faces to make them look like the actors 30 years ago (Like in Tron Legacy) PLEASE!!! You can even kill them off in the first scene, just don’t replace them.

STEP 2 – DON’T LISTEN TO ANYTHING GEORGE LUCAS SAYS! You paid him $4 Billion so tell him to shut up take his money and go make Radioland Murders Part 2! Put somebody in charge of directing who knows what we want. WE WANT EMPIRE STRIKES BACK ON CRACK. That means ACTING, ACTING, ACTING, ACTING, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, DRAMA, DEATH!!!!!

STEP 3 – Whatever you did to make AVENGERS as good as it was, do the same for STAR WARS! I feel the force is strong with you and your company can pull this off. The prequels were the worst films EVER MADE! They showed us just how evil the dark side of the force can be when it seduced George Lucas and took over his ability to distinguish right from wrong! Please redeem the Star Wars Universe. DO OR DO NOT…THERE IS NO TRY



November 2, 2012 at 10:33 am
(2) Arthur Levine says:

Dear Geeks-

Will do!

-Arthur (who does not spam on behalf of Disney or Lucasfilm)

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