Studio Shakeups

Improvise, adapt, overcome.

So the news broke a while ago that George Lucas had sold LucasFilm to Disney to “let Hooper take a turn.” So now Disney will start making the new movies, etc. Twitter had a total meltdown over it, with names like Brad Bird and Joss Whedon being bandied about. Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back are the only two good ones, in my opinion. I also love American Graffiti. I am sure I am not the target audience for this.

But it’s worth noting that I’ve seen Star Wars maybe more than any other movie except Jaws and know the movie line for line. Literally, line for line. I can quote most of the scenes. I fell madly in love with Luke Skywalker when I was around 11.

“Aren’t you a little short to be a storm trooper?”

The press release:

Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise.

Acquisition continues Disney’s strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world’s best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value.

Lucasfilm to join company’s global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel and ABC.

STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 feature film targeted for release in 2015.

Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

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Update: According to Jeff Wells, no final decisions have been and Universal is “exploring options currently.” The story appeared in the Hollywood Reporter and the studio is backing off.

Earlier: You’d think that the guy who was married and cheated on his wife and two young daughters would be the guy Universal would fire off of Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. Guess again. Who has to take the heat is the woman who broke Robert Pattinson’s heart. It would take bigger balls than these filmmakers have to stand by Stewart, what with all of that green flooding the box office from the Twilight fans who have rallied against Stewart and in support of Pattinson. The fear of losing that filthy lucre has them running scared. Nevermind that Kristen Stewart is the reason the film made any money in the first place. No way it gets to $150 million without her. But that was BEFORE. That was before the worm turned.

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A bit cruel to beat a dead horse… but we need to wring some sort of entertainment value from this thing. Here’s a thought: Studios might think about consulting with Funny-or-Die to determine how easy it will be to brutally mock a project before they green-light and blow $170mil.

(thanks to Craig at Living in Cinema)

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