Darth Mickey, Goofy Skywalker, and Donald Solo

I’m sure by now everyone’s heard about Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.  But what can we expect?  Many fans are undoubtedly panicking, imagining Star Wars movies being filled with songs, being dumbed down and kidified.  Well, that probably wouldn’t be a good idea, would it?

From what I’ve heard, Disney isn’t going to take control of how the movies are written, but they will be based on George Lucas’ original plans for Star Wars.  He did plan for 12 episodes originally, and only the first 6 were made.  Star Wars VII is slated for a 2015 premiere.  It seems that it’ll follow Luke Skywalker after the events of Return of the Jedi.  I guess this means more Luke, Leah, and Han?

When the Star Trek movie series was rebooted, I was very skeptical.  I’m a big Star Trek fan, and I didn’t want the canon to be messed with.  Well, they did mess with it, but at the same time, made it very clear that this is merely an alternate timeline.  The original timeline is still safe!  I do have to admit that it was a pretty good movie.  But what does this have to do with the new Star Wars movies?  Not so much, other than possibly soothing my skepticism.  While J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek vision is a bit different than the original, the new Star Wars movies will be produced by Disney, but Lucas will remain an adviser.  It’s a continuation, not a reboot, as well.

For big Star Wars fans, I’m sure there are many who are very worried about what will become of the franchise.  I’m a fan of Star Wars, but I’m very interested in seeing how the movies turn out.  It’s kind of exciting.  But all is not lost if they’re terrible.  We can still enjoy the original Star Wars movies and ignore the rest!

What do you think?  Are you excited for the new movies, or do you wish Disney wasn’t involved?

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