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News Briefs: OMG Disney Bought Lucasfilm and Star Wars

MOUSE HOUSE MEETS THE DEATH STAR NEWS

... Holy crap Disney (maybe you've heard of it) bought George Lucas's Lucasfilm for $4 million! Excuse me, $4 BILLION! That means Disney, the media giant that owns ABC, ESPN, Marvel, and It's a Small World, now owns the rights to the Star Wars franchise and Indiana Jones! Following the announcement, Disney said it's planning a new Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode VII: Let's Make Some Money, for release in 2015. But how does this effect YOU and how does this effect television!? Let's run through some scenarios...

– At its best, it could mean a Star Wars TV show. There's been talk about this for a long time, but with Disney (and ABC) owning the rights, it's that much closer. Of course, Disney's grittiest network is A & E, so it might not be the program fans are hoping for. Maybe ABC will give The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles another shot?

– At its worst, we get something like The Jar Jar Binks Variety Hour on ABC Family or Howard the Duck: The Show.

– At its silliest, Darth Vader comes to Once Upon a Time's Storybrooke and falls in love with Cinderella.

ABC waited a few years before considering S.H.I.E.L.D. for the small screen after Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, so TV productions could be a ways off. Expect this to be a big deal in the film industry immediately, with TV-related announcements coming later. [Disney via press release]


HURRICANE SANDY SCHEDULING CHANGES

... Because of Hurricane Sandy coverage, Private Practice will be bumped this week on ABC. Ditto for NBC's Go On and The New Normal, which will be back in two weeks because of election coverage next week. Storm coverage will replace the comedies. [Zap2It]

... NBC is re-airing Monday's episode of The Voice on Thursday night since it was bumped from some major markets due to blackouts and Hurricane Sandy coverage. That means Thursday's comedy block of 30 Rock, Up All Night, The Office, and Parks and Recreation will be moved. 30 Rock will actually move up a day and replace Animal Practice on Wednesday night, and The Office and Parks will move back to next week. Up All Night's move is yet to be determined. This week's Revolution will also re-air on Friday night. Your best bet is to watch TV non-stop just to make sure you don't miss anything. [NBC]

... Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are taking a second day off due to the storm, so there will be no new episodes tonight. [NY Post's Twitter]


EVERYTHING ELSE

... Chris Klein (Wilfred) has been cast as the husband of a WME talent agent for an upcoming Fox project. Based on the tell-all blog by Nikki Joel, the comedy will follow a 30-something woman and her crazy marriage to her manly husband. [THR]

... Glee's Grant Gustin, who plays Sebastian, has booked a multi-episode arc on The CW's 90210. He'll play a rich college student. [THR]

... Rebecca Sinclair is back in business with The CW. The former showrunner of 90210 has two projects in the works at the network. The first follows a self-obsessed pop star who comes from a religious family and who reevaluates her lack of faith after a fan says she was saved by the pop star's words and claims she has divine powers. The second is based on the book The Lost Girls, about a group of women who go eating and praying and loving their way around Cambodia. The CW version will add a mystery to the story when one of the women disappears. [Deadline Hollywood]

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My thoughts on Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm:



When left to their own devices, Marvel Comics cranked out movies like Daredevil, Elektra, X3, and Ang Lee's Hulk. After being purchased by Disney, we got everything leading up to The Avengers.



Similarly, when left to their own devices (at least more recently), Lucasfilm made The Phantom Menace, the Clone Wars movie, and Indiana Jones 4. So perhaps the Disney purchase is a good thing.
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The Disney/Lucasfilm transaction is, in my book, the BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK.

Think about it: Disney built the movie division of Marvel Comics when they bought it, and look at it now... it pretty much OWNS movie theaters. But even better: from now on, George Lucas will only be a 'special consultant' for anything related to "S.W.". Anyone remember the two movies of the franchise he was barely involved in? Yes, that's right - "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi". So, HELL YEAH, that's a win.

So done with this whole transaction... except for that it officially makes Disney THE SCARIEST ENTERTAINMENT ENTITY TO EVER EXIST. I mean... don't they own EVERYTHING now? Seriously, that's ridiculous...
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They mentioned in the release future Star Wars movies (starting round 2015) may focus on "fringe" characters so you could have Star Wars 7: The Adventures of Wedge and so on. A live action TV show is more than likely but whether its affordable in today's market remains to be seen. I can see the phrase "May the Mouse be with you...always..." being popular in the years to come...
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I noticed during yesterday's Press Releasestraviganza that nowhere did it mention Indiana Jones as part of the Lucasfilm purchase, in fact Disney said the purchase was primarily going to make money off of Star Wars. I found that pretty odd as Indy is a Lucas and Lucasfilm baby, as are Willow, Tucker A Man and his Weird Car, American Graffiti, Labyrinth, and Howard the Duck - no mention of any of 'em, even when they did mention that ILM and LucasArts (video games) are part of the deal. I wonder if Spielberg's or Paramount's interest kept Indy out of the gloved mouse hands.

Young Indiana Jones Chronicles wasn't all that good, so returning to that would be painful. I suspect we will get a new Star Wars cartoon on Disney XD, and a buddy suggests annual Star Wars Holiday Specials. Honestly though, I don't think more Star Wars movies based on old, tossed-out ideas answering to the Disney board of directors are that great an idea, look at Pirates of the Caribbean 2-4.
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As a big Star Was geek, I have been waiting for this news my whole life! G. Lucas has numerous books about Leia and Solo's kids becomming Jedi's. G. Lucas stated years ago that he would be making 7, 8, 9 after the 1, 2, 3 prequels came out. Instead we got 3D versions, extended cuts and remastered editions of the same 6 films! I have hope for a true Star Wars send off the way it had been written decades ago!



ps. Disney is the only company that can make Star Wars last forever. Same reason Jim Hensen Co. was bought by Disney. What kid would know about the Muppets today if Disney hadn't kept them relevant all these years? Thank you Disney!
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Disney made Muppets Treasure Island and Muppets Christmas Carol, but not Muppets from Space, so their track record there has been fairly questionable. Oh, they've marketed Muppets as a merchandisable entity out the ying-yang, but as an entertainment medium they've been mixed at best. Star Wars could suffer the same fate.
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Since the movies will likely go into the post Return of the Jedi era, TV could go into the prequel area. Now, you could focus on bridging the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, looking at how the rest of the Jedi fall and the Empire rises similar to the Power of the Force video games.



You could also go with focusing on someone like Han Solo primarily as I mentioned earlier and focus on how he became a smuggler and met Chewbacca. Even though Hans age in comparison to Luke means that he was born sometime during the prequels, it would likely be that the interesting parts would take place in between the two sagas.



Another option is to go way back into the past and focus on the Old Republic and the original Sith war. Maybe even looking at the origins of Palpatine.
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I don't get it. Is George Lucas dead?

Considering the quality of the Prequels he might be dead inside for a long time already but Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave me some hope nonetheless. Weird.

Maybe you have to pay 4 Bil for a ticket on an ark of some kind and the world IS going to end ...
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Not dead, he released an interview about the purchase just yesterday. He's gained all the weight back, but he doesn't look like he's dying. I think he just wanted the $2 billion in cash and 1/25th of Disney in stock, sick of ferrying Star Wars over a cliff all by himself.
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Wait, does mean the Clone Wars will move the Cartoon Network to Disney XD? Because I just think that will be a horrible idea.
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If they take a Marvel out of this this will be epic. Disney can make very good films! Just look at Avengers.



Starring:

Han Solo - Robert Downey Jr.



Alright, so let's everybody just calm the fuck down: http://youtu.be/xoTzLLZMrKc

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Considering how well Disney has handled Marvel, I think this is great news for Star Wars!
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Darth Vader will be turning in his grave
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Walt Disney will be turning in his freezer.
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I hope they keep Star Wars in it's current shape and don't turn it into a children's show.

If the writing is good and they can refrain from rebooting it (if they do they will drown in a sh*tstorm), this could actually be good news. I've been wanting more Star Wars movies for a long time and with all of the extended universe there is so very much that could be turned into great movies. A well-written live-action TV show would also be a great thing. Hate that animated stuff.
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After sleeping on the news, as well as constant discussion all day, I've come to the decision that I'm happy that Disney bought LucasArts.

Strictly movie-wise, it means there won't be any Lucas-y dialogue, ("I don't like sand. It's coarse and irritating and it gets everywhere.") and just looking at how well Disney is handling the Marvel franchises, I feel like they could make something great. I was initially concerned with them being less violent, but in my opinion they were never that aggressive. Plus, despite my (and everyone's) hatred when it comes to the new trilogy, I still love discussing the universe they're based in. I've had more discussion based on various Star Wars planets, species, and occupations (Nerf herder ftw), than I have the movies. (Other than the aforementioned badness of the prequels.)

Television-wise, there won't be much of an effect. Maybe we'll eventually get that live action show somewhere down the line, maybe we won't get much of that Seth Green Star Wars animated sketch show thing.
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There's been Indy attractions at Disneyland for some time so it's not likely that will change things much. I expect one of the Disney kids channels will re-air Young Indy because it seems like an obvious choice.

As for the Star Wars TV show, it seems the live-action show has been held off because the animated show has been so successful and it would be hard to do stories as interesting.

But I wouldn't expect any new programming anytime soon. As for new movies, I wouldn't put it past Disney to redo the original trilogy, possibly to make it fall more in line with the prequel series. New movies could also follow along the lines of the games and involve the Jedi Academy which features Luke as the Jedi Master. And the Jedi Academy would allow them to concentrate on kids stories.
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I'm a little skeptical... Since episodes 1, 2 and 3 were not that good, I hope they don't ruin it even more...
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Star Wars The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were awesome
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what most people seem to miss is,that there is huge time difference when 4,5,6 were made and when 1,2,3 were made.
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more STAR WARS rides at DISNEY theme parks!!!!!!!!!
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Team Vader on OUaT!
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Maybe Disney/ABC will pick a show that needs a ratings boost and promise to kill Jar Jar off during prime time - that'd be worth millions in Neilsen ratings alone.
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Why waste it on network, Killing Jar Jar would make a fortune on Pay Per View.
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Does this mean Leia is now a Disney princess?
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Never thought about it like that. Maybe we will see a Leia walking around Disney parks now. Granted, Disney has had a Star Tours attraction at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando for years and I know they have a Vader walking around but I have never really seen a Leia.
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Howard the Duck: The Show, sure, I'd probably watch that.
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I LOOOOVVVVVEEEEEEE (LOVE) STAR WARS The original not the suckfest that is the episodes 1, 2, & 3 that almost ruined the most important pice of pop culture from my childhood it has been a majior part of my life since then remaining my favorite movie trilogy book line toy franchise and so on it sparked my imagination imediatly and shaped my mind into one that can ponder the impossible with ease so it would be so great if this buyout revamped the good old days and with George taking the roles he had in the first 3 of his movies and trusted the directing to Spielberge once again there are so many amazing storylines that have been crafted in this universeit could be the best film to date and a TV series could be amazing since the quality of TV shows has gone up at least in some cases and could really save these networks after all where would the movie and TV industry be if Lucas had not made the leaps in film making he did? Those industrys owe him a lot. (Ps. Sorry for the rant just thought I would get it out)
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I would love to see a new version of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. That was a great show.
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I know one thing, after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Disney should really think about rebooting that franchise entirely.
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So, how long until Yoda appears on Once Upon a Time?
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Hey, nothin' like a good, real-life catastrophe when you're tuning in for NBC comedies....
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*affect
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*affect [2]

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FORGET THE SKYWALKER SAGAS!



FOCUS ON THE KOTOR ERA!!!!!! THERES IS TONS OF GREAT STORIES ASIDE

FROM DARTH REVAN SAGA!



COMON DISNEY!
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You know, at this point, the franchise is safer in Disney's hands than Lucas's.
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Actually, Howard the Duck is a Marvel property, so if Disney wanted to make "Howard the Duck II: Howard plays Hockey in Anaheim" (starring Emilio Estevez), they could've done that already.
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lets see ...



since they have already said the next movie will take place after ROTJ ... if they can convince Harrison Ford, Carrier Fisher and Mark Hamill to reprise their roles .... it would be awesome.



Disney has the de-aging stuff worked out from Tron ... so they can even do flashback parts to ROTJ if they need to
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Do they really have to bump the episodes of Go On and The New Normal TWO WEEKS??? That means Halloween episodes on Nov 13!
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The simpsons usually have their Treehouse of horror episodes air in November sometimes.
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Interesting, looks like the big boys are play monopoly! I hope some good entertainment comes out of it! George Lucas would be rolling over in his grave, oh wait he's not dead, he's drinking margaritas on a beach somewhere...
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Let's just hope that beach isn't on the East Cost...heh...
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At this point what doesn't Disney own?
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honestly this is great news. Disney has moved Marvel into some great directions, so hopefully they do the same with the Star Wars franchise. Let's be honest it's a world begging for more movies/shows but has become stagnant.
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It'll basically be all new actors / characters since the originals are pretty much played out. As long as it's Jedis and Siths I have an open mind and will see them anyway, haha.
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At the end of Episode 6, there remains one Jedi and no Sith, so I'd think it would be hard to build future movies on Jedi v Sith battles. Clone Wars manages OK with hardly any Sith but lots of Jedi, though.
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clearly you aren't familiar with comic books. Think it is Star Wars Legacy, where it follows Cade Skywalker and is happening after episode 6. Not right after,but some time later after it. Was reading this comic,but stopped for some reason...maybe I pick it up again
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Lots of books set after Jedi too.
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yeah I know...I was just giving example. either way too many for me to follow them all:D
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I wouldn't mind seeing a Star Wars series that focuses on the younger years of Han Solo. As for the movies, there are a lot of storys from the expanded universe that they might look at for inspiration. I do wonder if we may see the original case reprising their roles in some way in a future film.
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The problem with prequels is that you already know how things turn out, and that makes it hard to generate any suspense (this is a big part of what killed Young Indy. The part of Last Crusade that was young Indy was just about the right amount.



The series that I would pitch:

1) an adventure drama set in the fighter wing of a Star Destroyer during the Episode IV/V time frame, chasing Rebels, blowing stuff up, etc. The biggest problem: casting all actors who are the same height.

2) Boba Fett, Bounty Hunter

A chase-of-the-week action series. Despite the title, other bounty hunters would also be featured, depending on the storylines. Largest expense: costume and set design.

3) Jabba's Palace

A singing competition show. Fail to impress, and get dropped into the rancor's pit.
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Young Han Solo show... on the CW!
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So Disney bought Star Wars? What will they do next? Buy Paramount (or whoever holds the rights for Star Trek)? And then they'll fuse both into the same show or movie? That would be the end of the world as we know it...
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Enterprise vs Death Star? or Enterprise vs. Incom T-65 squadron?
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CBS owns Star Trek.
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For now. Eventually Disney will buy everybody.
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No, the evil that is Fox and Rupert Murdoch would burst into flames like a imp sprayed with holy water, if Fox and Disney were ever under the same roof.
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No, I think they just need to play a waiting game. Eventually, Mr. Murdoch will simply collapse into dust, and then Disney will pounce..
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