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2012-10-30 04:53:24 PM
THE EU SUCKS


There I said it, it's poorly written trash. I hope Disney ignores it along with Eps. 1-3
 
2012-10-30 04:53:44 PM

Walt_Jizzney: I wonder what the red letter media guys are gonna say...


I know a lot of people on here have probably seen Red Letter Media's Star Wars reviews before, but since they're so funny, I'm going to post a link for Part 1 for those who might have missed it. Parts 2-7 are where the review gets really good, though.

Red Letter Media's review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Part 1 of 7)
 
2012-10-30 04:53:52 PM
I'm somewhat curious to see what they do about the 20 plus years of books that already cover, what, decades worth of post-RotJ events, though, mark me in the 'Is it actually April 1st and I missed 6 months?' camp.

HeartBurnKid: jj325: Is this where we complain about how George Lucas made three classic movies 30 years ago that were aimed at children, and then destroyed our lives by making three movies 25 years later that were, oddly enough, aimed at children as well?

"Aimed at children" and "Sucks" are not synonyms. There are a great many things aimed at children that are actually very high quality; the bulk of the Star Wars-related output is not in that group.

/Star Wars-themed things that are high quality:
//The original trilogy
//The Super Star Wars games
//Star Wars: Clone Wars (the one from 2003, not the current CGI shiatfest)
//Knights of the Old Republic
//The end


You forgot the X-Wing and TIE Fighter(not Rogue Squadron, though the first two were good) games. Oh, and the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series.
 
2012-10-30 04:53:57 PM
Given that John Lasseter (God of Pixar, *PERSONAL FRIENDS* with Miyazaki) is still the head honcho at Disney, I am cautiously optimistic about this.
 
2012-10-30 04:54:16 PM
Their timeline for Episodes 7, 8 and 9 are the following:

Episode 7 - 2015
Episode 8 - 2017
Episode 9 - 2019

If they went with animation (I hope not), they could use the original cast.

My feeling either way is that there will be original trilogy characters along with some new characters (whether it's Thrawn, New Jedi Order, etc).
 
2012-10-30 04:54:17 PM
Mickey shot first.
 
2012-10-30 04:54:37 PM
We're going to find out that Darth Vader had another son, Luke's brother, Justin Bieber.
 
2012-10-30 04:54:41 PM
meh, who gives a fark. it isn't like George Lucas didn't already ruin my childhood memories of the star wars series with the last 3 movies.
 
2012-10-30 04:55:01 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: I'm genuinely curious as to what the story would be in movie 7. At the end of movie 6, all jedi apart from Luke are dead (well, I don't know if it's specified but it certainly seems implied), Vader and Sidius are dead, the empire is defeated and relative peace has been restored to the galaxy.

Yes, the empire could resurface as a threat once again since it's easy to assume that many empire forces are still intact. But with the Jedi all but gone that's one of the biggest appeals out of the picture. What separated and continues to separate star wars from other 'epic space battle films' was that addition of these powerful people who fought against all sorts of weapons and creatures with nothing but their trusty lightsabers.

How can they recapture that initial magic?


I'm not a huge fan of the extended universe, but I've read a few of the books. Three about Solo prior to meeting Luke, and one after look where Han and Leia are about to have kids. In that, Luke's found an apprentice and the Empire's forces are rogue, but have cloned a very powerful Jedi from the past. All sorts of nonsense can happen if you think about it.

That doesn't mean it's good nonsense - but with a decent writer, they could easily come up with alternate storylines that flow well from the original. Hell, Star Trek's been living off that model for decades. Produce crappy shows and let nerds fall in love with them.
 
2012-10-30 04:55:02 PM
Hey now wait a minute... this isn't all bad. This means they can now lock the prequels into the Disney Vault for 20 years!
 
2012-10-30 04:55:06 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I know how super commercialized Star Wars is already but there was a core group of super creative people on those first 3 films that were trying to tell an epic story with adult themes not "maximize the value of a global franchise." Brace yourselves, the onslaught of Star Wars brand everything is coming

/fark Disney and their new movies


Yeah, there has certainly been a dearth of Star Wars licensed products up 'til now...
 
2012-10-30 04:55:11 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: What does this mean for KOTOR 3? Or Republic Commando 2?


finally!!!! someone with an intelligent question

/please please please please please RC sequel !!!!
//ner vod
///not sure of all the hate on Disney doing this - sure, they suck and are uber corp deluxe but how could they do any worse than Lucas ?

/jar jar binks anyone?
//god dam Han shot the only dam shot
//star wars slashies !!
 
2012-10-30 04:55:24 PM

blazemongr: sure haven't: Am I the only one who sees this as a good thing?

Basically George Lucas has absolutely ruined and mishandled his entire enterprise. It can only go up.
And speaking of Up!, Disney did good with Pixar (admittedly just by being hands off), so maybe good things will come of this.

/DNRTFA

If you think Disney is ENTIRELY hands-off with Pixar, you haven't been paying attention.

Before being outright purchased by Disney, Pixar was making Oscar-winning animation films that appealed to all ages -- "Ratatouille", "Up", "Wall*E" -- but hardly sold any toys.

Right after, they switched to sequels like "Toy Story 3", "Monsters University", and "Cars 2" -- titles that could sell LOTS of toys, over and over again.

This is not a coincidence.


pixar took over disney, in spite of what the deal looked like. Pixar people have gone in a fixed everything disney was working on since then. Meet the robinsons (early cuts were "home on the range" bad), tangled, etc... all saved by pixar.

New disney is much smarter than old disney and now has pixar brass running animation and amusement parks. For an example of the new disney, see what they have done with Marvel films

/also based on Lucas' statement, I'd say he's been diagnosed with something bad.
 
2012-10-30 04:56:06 PM
It'll be a better move if Disney decides to ax Eps 2 and 3 in 3D and just do IV-VI in 3D. or release the unaltered editions of the original saga on Blu-Ray.
 
2012-10-30 04:56:17 PM
I'm just thinking "Pixar + Manuel Calavera" or "Pixar + Day of the Tentacle".

"Pixar + Ben Throttle" would be even better, but I don't remember if LucasArts kept the rights to those characters or if they remain with Tim Schafer.
 
2012-10-30 04:56:25 PM
Fox Studios must be pissed.
 
2012-10-30 04:56:34 PM
Bambi shot first.
 
2012-10-30 04:56:35 PM

sure haven't: Am I the only one who sees this as a good thing?

Basically George Lucas has absolutely ruined and mishandled his entire enterprise. It can only go up.
And speaking of Up!, Disney did good with Pixar (admittedly just by being hands off), so maybe good things will come of this.

/DNRTFA


There was an article?
 
2012-10-30 04:56:40 PM
Yeah, well.. Take care of yourself, George. I guess that's what you're best at!
 
2012-10-30 04:56:41 PM

MithrandirBooga: "Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future."


Wat.


if they kill jarjar binks in the movie i will watch
 
2012-10-30 04:56:43 PM

rdu_voyager: Star Wars + Pixar

Star Wars + Pixar

Star Wars + Pixar

STAR WARS + PIXAR!!!!!




The ciiiiiiirrrrrrrcle of liiiiiiffe....

Pixar IS Lucasfilm already, in a way.

From Wikipedia: Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the computer division of Lucasfilm before its spinout as a corporation in 1986 with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became its majority shareholder
 
2012-10-30 04:56:58 PM

inner ted: /jar jar binks anyone?
//god dam Han shot the only dam shot
//star wars slashies !!


of course he did, what does every one expect, for him to sit there and wait to see if the guy who said he's going to kill him is actually going to do it?
 
2012-10-30 04:57:22 PM
I can already see an upside to this:

KotOR with Kate Beckinsale as Bastilla Shan

/in my bunk
 
2012-10-30 04:57:30 PM
s12.postimage.org
 
2012-10-30 04:58:11 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: I'm genuinely curious as to what the story would be in movie 7. At the end of movie 6, all jedi apart from Luke are dead (well, I don't know if it's specified but it certainly seems implied), Vader and Sidius are dead, the empire is defeated and relative peace has been restored to the galaxy.

Yes, the empire could resurface as a threat once again since it's easy to assume that many empire forces are still intact. But with the Jedi all but gone that's one of the biggest appeals out of the picture. What separated and continues to separate star wars from other 'epic space battle films' was that addition of these powerful people who fought against all sorts of weapons and creatures with nothing but their trusty lightsabers.

How can they recapture that initial magic?


The extended universe featured a resurgent Empire, invasive species from the outer rim or beyond the galaxy, force sensitives coming out of the wood work as either Skywalker's students or enemies and the further adventures of Rogue Squadron, not to mention evil clones of the Emperor and others.

Admittedly, most of it is not well executed as literature, but it's fertile ground for development.
 
2012-10-30 04:58:57 PM
Has possibilities. Imagine Mary Poppins going over to the dark side.
 
2012-10-30 04:59:00 PM
Episode 7 coming in 2015?

Obi Wan: "That film was our last film."

Yoda: "No. There is another...."
 
2012-10-30 04:59:11 PM
Oddly enough, Pixar started as a subsidiary of Lucasfilm before it was spun off into a separate company that was eventually bought by Disney.
 
2012-10-30 04:59:20 PM

Nabb1: Oh, I get it. I have a four-year-old and he loves "Cars" and "Cars 2," and that's fine. I just didn't think the movies were all that good. Lord knows I've seen worse, but I just didn't think they were very good. For god's sake, "Cars" is a remake of "Doc Hollywood." It's not even an original storyline.


You're not wrong, but you're forgetting a few things:
1) Not many kids have seen Doc Hollywood. It's an aging movie that never had all that much popularity anyway.
2) Just how many original stories do you think there are? Ultimately they all end up boiling down to the same precious few conflicts (man vs. man, man vs. himself, man vs. nature, etc.).

I found the Cars stuff amusing (and even then, Cars 2 was more enjoyable to me than the first, but that's more due to the increased number of gearhead references), but yeah, they aren't great cinema. Not every flick is going to break new ground. Even the less impressive stuff from Pixar is more watchable than most of the dreck that hits the movie screen nowadays.
 
2012-10-30 04:59:34 PM
As a long-time Disney shareholder, I'm feeling sort of ambivalent about this deal right now.
 
2012-10-30 04:59:53 PM
Oh shiat, I thought it could happen...a remake of...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-30 04:59:56 PM

Carth: the Thrawn Trilogy is one possibly it is already done and a really good story that could be adapted fairly quickly.


That is the only hope for this.
 
2012-10-30 05:00:00 PM

madgonad: I can already see an upside to this:

KotOR with Kate Beckinsale as Bastilla Shan

/in my bunk


See, that would lead me to reassess my outrage.
What we'll get instead is probably Olivia Munn in the role.
 
2012-10-30 05:00:30 PM

Darnitol: Hey now wait a minute... this isn't all bad. This means they can now lock the prequels into the Disney Vault for 20 years!


20 years? Hell, they can go the way of Song of the South.
 
2012-10-30 05:00:31 PM
I wonder whether Kathleen Kennedy might turn it into something worth watching. Over the last 30 years, she's worked with Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and others producing some damn good movies. Trying to revive the Star Wars franchise might seem to some of us like beating a dead horse, but she's done movies about horses before. Link
 
2012-10-30 05:00:54 PM
Having read the further comments following mine, it is clear that my knowledge of the Star Wars universe is very basic compared to many of you here. Having read the synopsis of some of those books, there are some really great storylines that could be followed. In fact, it actually gives me some hope that they could recapture some of the magic of the original films, rather than making them somewhat convulted like 1-3 were.

I actually don't mind 1-3 too much. I'll rewatch them from time to time and I can enjoy them. It was nice seeing the power of a fully trained Jedi and getting to see more of the Star Wars universe. It was also great to see the origins of many of the characters and events from 4-6. 1-3 will always outshine them for me though.

/Actually caved in a brought the Blu-Ray collection last month
//Assumed a totally unedited Blu-Ray version of 4-6 would never come about
/Disney will probably release it next year now knowing my luck.
 
2012-10-30 05:01:21 PM
If they put out an untainted non-special edition version of the original trilogy this would be a good thing. George won't let that happen though.
 
2012-10-30 05:01:25 PM

eddievercetti: Oh shiat, I thought it could happen...a remake of...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 215x339]


That I would like. Make it far closer to the comics and keep Howard's snarky attitude.

/hoped so badly Howard would have been playable in Marvel vs Capcom 3, was very disappoint
 
2012-10-30 05:01:26 PM
Greedy shot first.
 
2012-10-30 05:01:36 PM
If this means I get another xwing vs tie fighter style game I am all for it!
 
2012-10-30 05:01:52 PM

cgraves67: Admittedly, most of it is not well executed as literature, but it's fertile ground for development.


In any well constructed universe there's going to be WAY more stories to be told than just the initial ones of the original heroes. What has made the SW franchise so successful is that it seems to be an exceptionally rich universe when it comes to stories to be told. There's a ton of engaging stories out of the EU that don't even involve the Force/Jedi/Sith stuff... as you say, they aren't high literature, but they're just engaging stories.
 
2012-10-30 05:02:29 PM
Shia Lebouf as Han Solo. Mark it. Done.
 
2012-10-30 05:02:49 PM

jonjr215: If Disney does a Jar Jar Binks spin off, I quit.


I don't know, the bar has already been set pretty low.
 
2012-10-30 05:03:05 PM

cyberspacedout: Trying to revive the Star Wars franchise might seem to some of us like beating a dead horse, but she's done movies about horses before. Link


That non sequitor made me snort.
 
2012-10-30 05:03:29 PM

EyeballKid: Shia Lebouf as Han Solo. Mark it. Done.


No, Shia is Luke. Timothy Oliphant as Han, Ian McShane as Obi One.
 
2012-10-30 05:03:49 PM

MithrandirBooga: "Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future."


Wat.


Well, Lucas said that there was supposed to be 9 movies in total with 3CPO and R2D2 the only characters to appear in all so there you are.

He later denied this but then he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer as his movies prove.

Rich? Hell, yes! Smart? Not that much, meaning no singular, over-arching theme that he was able to carry out to conclusion.
 
2012-10-30 05:04:01 PM

ThatDarkFellow: Who wouldn't love this? Imagine the casting!

Robert Pattinson as Luke Skywalker
Kristen Stewart as Princess Leia (Skywalker)
Will and Jaden Smith as Lando and Son
Whatever Helmsworth we happen to pick at random as Han Solo


You are a bad person.
 
2012-10-30 05:04:38 PM
Welcome to Mickey Mouse Media-Conglomerate, inc.

Where the entertainment is crap and your childhood doesn't matter.
 
2012-10-30 05:04:43 PM
Wait guys...so Sam Jackson is both Nick Fury and Mace Windu...

My mind is totally blown now.

/snakes on a mutha farking plane
 
2012-10-30 05:05:57 PM
Actually a live action story based on events of Force Unleashed with Sam Whitwer as lead would be ok, provided it got the NuBSG-treatment...
 
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