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Disney Buys Lucasfilm (and other stories)

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...and, by extension, LucasArts (since that's what we all really care about, I know).

http://www.benzinga.com/news/12/10/3039512/disney-to-buy-lucasfilm-for-4-05b-in-cash-and-stock

I know, with the likes of Star Wars and Indiana Jones being snatched up, the LA catalogue probably isn't a big priority but I wonder what this could mean for the future of some of our favorite adventure games?

Could a Monkey Island theme park ride be in our future? Hmm.

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  • I think the difference is that the "older action star" is a very distinct kind of "old badass" thing, but Indy at various points just feels "old". He's settling down, he's sort of grumpily pulled into a younger man's adventure, and he's being the fussing dad throughout the whole thing. Indiana Jones spends a lot of that film not being an "old badass", but just being...old.

  • And I think that was the one interesting part of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We've seen Indy young (in some cases, very young) so it was refreshing to see him old.

  • @Giant Tope said: Along with this, I really wouldn't want them shoehorning the original actors for the sake of novelty, which is what it'd seem like. Could it work? Anything is possible, but I'm not really counting on it.

    Novelty. That's the word I was looking for. I was trying to figure out how to word my opinion about Mark and Carrie being cast and couldn't think of the right word because "fan service" didn't sound right.

    So, yes, I totally agree with this.

    @Giant Tope said: This is full of shit because he fully ignores the appeal of this movie to OLDER men, like my Dad. My Dad prefers Crystal Skull because it has an older Indy still kicking ass and still being awesome. It's the same reason older men love John Wayne and still like Clint Eastwood. Indy doesn't just belong to the young. Older people want to feel like it can still be awesome to be old.

    Star Wars should be about the story and the character interactions. It's a movie for all ages; not just a nostalgia trip for older people and not just a tool to get younger people into the franchise. Casting older actors simply as a tactic to appeal to an older demographic is a dumb reason when it comes to something like Star Wars.

    They also shouldn't make a Star Wars movie just because they can. Indiana Jones didn't need a fourth movie, and Crystal Skull felt like they made a movie because they didn't have any other ideas so why not?


    I'm not saying I feel about Disney making a new Star Wars movie as I did about Lucas and Spielberg making Indy 4. I think Disney is making a new Star Wars movie because it's about damn time Star Wars was good again.


    But you know what I keep thinking about with Disney buying Star Wars? Disney might now remaster and release, in all it's awesomeness, the ORIGINAL Original Trilogy!

  • But it isn't novelty and it isn't a tactic. The films are about those characters. It's not novelty that Bruce Willis still plays John McClane, or that Al Pacino still played Michael Corleone in Godfather III. The films are about those characters so of course you want the original people playing them. A novelty or tactic would be to re-cast to appeal to a younger audience.

  • @BlankCanvasDJ said: But it isn't novelty and it isn't a tactic. The films are about those characters. It's not novelty that Bruce Willis still plays John McClane, or that Al Pacino still played Michael Corleone in Godfather III. The films are about those characters so of course you want the original people playing them. A novelty or tactic would be to re-cast to appeal to a younger audience.

    Eh. It worked for Star Trek.

  • @Chyron8472 said: Novelty. That's the word I was looking for. I was trying to figure out how to word my opinion about Mark and Carrie being cast and couldn't think of the right word because "fan service" didn't sound right.

    So, yes, I totally agree with this.

    Star Wars should be about the story and the character interactions. It's a movie for all ages; not just a nostalgia trip for older people and not just a tool to get younger people into the franchise. Casting older actors simply as a tactic to appeal to an older demographic is a dumb reason when it comes to something like Star Wars.

    They also shouldn't make a Star Wars movie just because they can. Indiana Jones didn't need a fourth movie, and Crystal Skull felt like they made a movie because they didn't have any other ideas so why not?


    I'm not saying I feel about Disney making a new Star Wars movie as I did about Lucas and Spielberg making Indy 4. I think Disney is making a new Star Wars movie because it's about damn time Star Wars was good again.


    But you know what I keep thinking about with Disney buying Star Wars? Disney might now remaster and release, in all it's awesomeness, the ORIGINAL Original Trilogy!

    Indiana Jones could have had a 4th movie, a 5th movie, a 6th movie. Evidence of the Mummy's success proves that adventures set in that time frame when a lot of the world was still new and unexplored appeals to people as long as it is a decent adventure.

    The story behind the Crystal Skull sucked, that was it. But I liked it for the characters. Though I admit to being a sucker for Indiana Jones AND The Mummy series. I'd like to see them do more if the story is good and the casting is right.

    Maybe not necessarily those two series, but perhaps a new one.

  • You know, it just occurred to me that if Disney had bought LucasArts a little bit earlier, there might have been a chance of Guybrush or Kyle Katarn or someone like that showing up in Wreck-It Ralph.

    They probably wouldn't have, but I tend to think about these things when I've got a blinding headache.

  • My guess is even if they owned LucasArts before the first Wreck-It Ralph script draft was finished, it's really unlikely that anybody on the team for that movie would have any idea what LucasArts adventure games were and, more importantly, it wouldn't really jive with the movie's arcade theme.

  • @Rather Dashing said: My guess is even if they owned LucasArts before the first Wreck-It Ralph script draft was finished, it's really unlikely that anybody on the team for that movie would have any idea what LucasArts adventure games were and, more importantly, it wouldn't really jive with the movie's arcade theme.

    Curse you and your logical reality!

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