I’ve got exactly two words for this: “Woo,” and “Hoo.”
Haven’t I been saying this? Yes, I certainly have.
A decade since George Lucas said “Star Wars” was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy under new ownership is destined for theaters after The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it would buy Lucasfilm Ltd. from him for $4.05 billion.
The seventh movie, with a working title of “Episode 7,” is set for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 will follow. The trilogy will continue the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia beyond “Return of the Jedi,” the third film released and the sixth in the saga. After that, Disney plans a new “Star Wars” movie every two or three years. Lucas will serve as creative consultant in the new movies.
Sweet, and not only because the franchise will go on (with an entirely new and different creative force behind it), but because it means I was right! I’ve been telling you people that they will – not might, but will – make more Star Wars movies.
How could I possibly have known, you ask? Five simple words: hundreds of millions of dollars.
And now I’m right.
One more thing: while I, like many others, tend to criticize George Lucas for some of the less palatable directions the franchise took under his direction, I must also recognize that he both created and made Star Wars happen in the first place. Ergo, any criticisms of mine are but hyenas pecking at a wildebeest and wishing it was elephant. Thanks George!
Now: where do I sign up to audition?