The Walt Disney Co. confirmed Tuesday that it is purchasing Lucasfilm for $4.5 billion and, courtesy of this acquisition, will release three new ”Stars Wars” movies, beginning with a seventh episode in 2015.
“The last ‘Star Wars’ movie release was 2005’s ‘Revenge of the Sith’ — and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
George Lucas, creator of all things Jedi, chimed in to add, “It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
That sound you heard right after this news broke was legions of “Star Wars” fans yelling this:
That other sound you heard was the clickety-click and/or tappity tap of “Star Wars” fans tweeting their thoughts about this mind-altering development; an entertainment merger that ensures that everything we hold sacred regarding our childhood pop cultural memories is now controlled by a single corporate entity.
Some of the Twitter snarkery focused on the potential Disney-fication of the new “Star Wars” movies, as organized via the hashtag #DisneyStarWars.
”Jar Jar Binks Presents Song Of The South” #disneystarwars— andishehnouraee (@andishehnouraee) October 30, 2012
These Aren’t the 101 Dalmatians You’re Looking For #disneystarwars— Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) October 30, 2012
Others, like “The Guild’s” Felicia Day, remained optimistic about this development:
Every awesome creative person in Hollywood would love to work on something new Star Wars so this could be a great thing.— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) October 30, 2012
Seth Meyers kept matters in superstorm perspective:
Even though it’s limited to Twitter, it is nice to know Sandy can be slowed by Star Wars news.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21) October 30, 2012
Others offered casting suggestions of the blatantly ridiculous variety:
Casting fantasy Star Wars with @josephrooks. Dick Cheney as Darth Vader (voiced by T-Pain), Nic Cage as Han Solo, and Danny DeVito as Yoda.— Amanda Serfozo(@moxielox) October 24, 2012
And of the slightly less ridiculous variety:
#internet PLEASE have Joss Whedon make Star Wars VII, casting the cast of Firefly for every role.— Justin Ryan (@quidryan) October 30, 2012
And of the Bieber variety:
brb... Creating a fan page devoted to casting Justin Bieber as Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode VII— Curry (@currageous) October 30, 2012
I can’t embed uber-“Star Wars” fan Damon Lindelof’s tweet because it has a curse word in it. But it basically said this, and I think it sums up my reaction and the reaction of many who still can’t quite process all of this.
“The reason I didn’t tweet immediately is due to the heart attack I just had. Holy ----. #EpisodeVII”
Needless to say, this conversation is going to continue for quite some time. Let’s close it, for now, by giving the floor to the only guy who seems appropriate.
Thankfully Jar Jar Binks is already dead in Star Wars 7.— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) October 30, 2012