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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 find this news rather disturbing:
    [Quote]Disney, which announced it would buy Lucasfilm last year, plans to make spinoff movies based on characters in addition to the three sequels it had previously announced, CEO Bob Iger told CNBC in an interview after the earnings report.[/Quote]
    Source.

  • If it's about Boba Fett then hell yes.

  • Eh, they're planning on recouping their BILLIONS of dollars. Of course they're going to immediately start milking the cow they just bought. So? That's what the New Trilogy is, I have no idea why spin-off films are considered any scarier/worse, but then, I don't see why a new trilogy is seen as exciting/cool. The movies are part of a big effort to make back a massive investment, and as such don't just have to be successful themselves, but also be successful in terms of the larger scheme of making back FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. In that way, anything that comes out is going to be safe, boring, and ultimately very unlikely to be worth watching.

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    @Rather Dashing said: Eh, they're planning on recouping their BILLIONS of dollars. Of course they're going to immediately start milking the cow they just bought.


    On that note, they're also releasing DLC packs of newly designed Star Wars themed digital pinball tables (Williams' excellent Star Wars Episode I Pinball won't be getting the digital treatment it seems) for the Zen Pinball (and Pinball FX2) digital pinball simulators.

    They're using LucasArts' name for the publisher here too although they're designed by Zen Studios (I have a strange feeling that LucasArts will be closed and serve as merely a brand name for Disney in a few years time).

  • Oh boy, I've been hoping for a Kit Fisto movie for years.

  • @Ribs said: Oh boy, I've been hoping for a Kit Fisto movie for years.


    If they were going for a Jedi Master movie, it'd be Mace Windu. He's human and therefore can possibly be seen as a hero.

  • According to Ain't It Cool News, there's a rumour going around that the first spin-off could be about Yoda.

    Words cannot express how much I am against this.

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    Mystification means lack of presence.
    Add presence (or screen time) to a mysterious character, and the mystery goes poof.
    Well no thanks, duh. :(


    In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books, Saruman has one mystified and one demystified appearance, and tertium non datur! The first one makes him scary, seeing him in person after three almost complete books of build up. In comparison, the movies force Christopher Lee in whenever possible. Result: Just another villain who doesn't scare anyone.

    An example of how it's actually DONE could be Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men". Villain Colonel Jessup has scarcely a presence in the movie up until the final confrontation. And that's how villains are allowed to speak words which continuously get voted into the top 100 of most memorable lines.

    TL;DR: Disney, fuck it, do something NEW with the franchise.

  • @Rather Dashing said: In that way, anything that comes out is going to be safe, boring, and ultimately very unlikely to be worth watching.

    As opposed to Lucas' prequel films or re-releasing the existing (Special Edition) Star Wars movies in 3D. I feel safer with Disney milking the Star Wars cow than for Lucas to do it.


    The Clone Wars TV show doesn't suck, and I would bet real money that the reason why is because George Lucas isn't a writer nor director for the show.

    @Rather Dashing said: If they were going for a Jedi Master movie, it'd be Mace Windu. He's human and therefore can possibly be seen as a hero.

    But such as Kit Fisto is relatively unknown (to those not familiar with the EU), while Mace Windu is very much Samuel L. Jackson. I would speculate that a spin-off might be better starting with an unknown.

    Also, while Kit isn't human, he's still humanoid, which is probably good enough.

    ...I guess the truth is that I don't really care for Mace Windu, nor do I like knowing that the reason why his Lightsaber is purple (and the only purple one at that) is because Jackson wanted his to be purple. It's like Lucas listened to nobody when it came to making the movies, but when a well-known A-list actor wants something, he jumps through their hoops even when it doesn't make much sense for the overall franchise.

  • @Darth Marsden said: According to Ain't It Cool News, there's a rumour going around that the first spin-off could be about Yoda.

    Words cannot express how much I am against this.


    This was actually my ideal dream spin-off. I want to see over 500 years of Jedi history through the lens of a single character. I want to see the mistakes that Yoda made on his way to Jedi Master that ultimately caused him to give the advice that he did. The version of the film I have in my head probably has nothing to do with what would end up on-screen, but conceptually the idea of a film based on Yoda was actually one of my top "I'd like to see this happen" ideas.

    @Darth Marsden said: I feel safer with Disney milking the Star Wars cow than for Lucas to do it.


    Disney is going to be safe, Disney is going to be boring. The prequels are bad, but they're bad because dammit those were the movies Lucas wanted to make. I hate to say it, but the Disney acquisition has retroactively made me respect the Prequel trilogy more than I ever have, because yes they were terribly awful movies, but they were terribly awful movies that could have only been made by Lucas. They were still in some way personal to him. Now Disney is going to release something, and yes it'll be clean and fancy and polished and most people will probably say it's better, but it'll also be safe. It'll be mired in nostalgia. It will ultimately be not unlike other big-budget films of its time.

    It's not that I don't expect Disney to produce a clean, safe, well-polished product. What I don't expect Disney to make is anything imbued with ambition, love, or personal style.

    The Clone Wars TV show doesn't suck


    ....I think we're just on different ground here entirely.

    @Darth Marsden said: But such as Kit Fisto is relatively unknown (to those not familiar with the EU), while Mace Windu is very much Samuel L. Jackson. I would speculate that a spin-off might be better starting with an unknown.


    The reason they're using characters that are actually in the films is to AVOID the unknown.

    Also, while Kit isn't human, he's still humanoid, which is probably good enough.


    He has massive eyes and an inability to give a discernably human range of expression. Please find for me a live action film made in the past 10 years with a budget over $150 million dollars(because Disney is not putting less money behind this than they put into any of the Marvel Phase One films) that has a discernably inhuman lead protagonist. Your best bet is probably going to be Bilbo Baggins, and his claim to inhumanity is particularly hairy feet.

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