Unless you lived on Alderaan, you probably heard the deal with Disney and the beloved/hated, George Lucas. In a record $4 billion purchase, Disney plans to release “Star Wars: Episode 7” in 2015. Lucas commented:
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas, chairman of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
So, what does this mean for nerds? This means one of two things.
1. Star Wars could potentially get worse than it did in the last three installments.
2. Disney, still on fire with Marvel Comics inertia, could produce something vastly superior than episodes I-III. I’m guessing Jar Jar is out of the mix, but are there worse things than Jar Jar in the SW universe? Duck and cover? Keep your fingers crossed? Ultimately, I’m not mad, sad, or excited about this. I’ll be first in line of course, but my attendance is one born of commitment and not hope. The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest movie ever made and Lucas didn’t direct it. All in all, things could be worse and I have such low expectations that it would be impressive to disappoint me further.