The new 'Star Wars' films, should they actually get made, are going to suck. They're also going to be pretty rad.
For fans of the beloved Star Wars series, the emotional fallout of Disney’s $4 billion dollar purchase of LucasFilm on Tuesday has been fraught with more angst than a middle schooler’s fanfiction.
After all, we’ve been here before. We fed our childhood hopes with the promise of Episodes I, II and III, and were rewarded with a prequel series so mired down in gimmicks and concerned by effects that the story, when there was story at all, seemed but a tangent to marketing strategy.
But, as terrible as those films were, Lucas followed the announcement with a press release that dares to give us hope once more. In his statement, Lucas said: “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”
It’s easy to jump on the announcement with the animosity of a Rancor in Jabba’s dungeon, but as with the Force itself, there are two ways to regard this deal. In the spirit of this duality, let’s consider both.