George Lucas Can Suck It / Thank You George Lucas
So, Lucas has gone and sold Lucasfilm lock stock and barrel to Disney, and Disney’s jumping right into the money-making machine and producing new Star Wars movies for 2015 and beyond.
What this means for Star Wars is of course more — and without Lucas at the helm screwing things up, possibly better — Star Wars movies. Which is good.
But then again it also means, at some point, an inevitable reboot. Which is bad.
It means more Star Wars on TV. Which is good, if it’s the oft-talked-about live action Star Wars underworld series. But which is bad if it’s more dren like the upcoming Seth Green animated sitcom (which reminds me so much of the animated Space Balls it’s a wonder Mel Brooks isn’t listed on the credits).
It also, likely, means Princesses Leia and Amidala will be co-opted into the whole Disney Princess thing. Which I’m indifferent about.
But on the whole, I think it’ll be good for Star Wars. Thanks to corporate greed, we will now see more Star Wars stuff. Books, cartoons, tv shows, movies, theme parks, tween pop singers putting out songs about Life Day, crossover commemorative Christmas ornaments (Millennium Falcon done up in Herbie the Love Bug colors anyone?), etc. etc…. all just in time for the Toddler to grow up as as immersed in the Star Wars universe as his dad was.
But on the other hand, what this means for science fiction in general is the completion of the doom George Lucas put in motion on that fateful day in 1977. Star Wars has become mythology, THE accepted science fiction universe for the vast majority of people. The one all other science fiction is compared to. The Lord of the Rings of science fiction. (Of course, it’s not really science fiction, but complaining about that now would be futile.) With Disney’s stated goals of monetizing Star Wars to the fullest, the mythology will only continue to spread, and take hold in the minds and hearts of the people, pushing out everything else that isn’t Star Wars-y enough. You know, like the Farscapes, the 2001s, the Stainless Steel Rats, the Babylon 5s, the Uplift sagas, the Aliens, and even the Star Treks — just watch, fancy light flare-y reboot aside, it’ll soon be relegated back to whence it came, a minor side-note in the history of Star Wars’ takeover of the universe.
Luckily, since I was doomed/indoctrinated at an early age by Lucas, a lot of what I write is set in a Star Wars-y universe and/or has a Star Wars-y feel, so, this takeover of science fiction by Star Wars shouldn’t impact me too much.
As long as I prefix all my books going forward with “Star Wars:” that is. You don’t think Disney would have a problem with that, do you? I mean, they seem like such a nice mega-corporation, what with all the castles and princesses and mice…
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J.I.Greco writes hunkered deep underground in a psychic-proof bunker while his wife, son, and indentured cats blithely frolic on the surface above in the future post-apocalyptic wasteland that is southwestern Ohio. He is the author of Take the All-Mart! and Rocketship Patrol, and has read a number of bestsellers.
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