George Lucas' decision to sell his Lucas Film empire to Disney for an excess of $4 billion dollars is great news (click here for an interview with Lucas) for a variety of reasons:
1. It gives Lucas more money, which he clearly needs.
2. It finally gives Disney the legal creative license to blend Chris Berman, Princess Leia and Donald Duck on the same screen.
3. It makes an already giant corporation just a bit bigger, thus ensuring more small businesses everywhere will continue to grind out to a slow and very painful existence, and death.
4. Star Wars will live on for a new generation of nerds.
The original excitement of this news centered around Disney announcing plans to expand the Star Wars franchise, and that it will produce episodes 7, 8 and 9 and possibly a TV series, etc.
More Jar Jar Binks? Sign. Me. Up.
Speaking of Raiders of the Lost Ark ... lost in this Stars Wars nerd love is that Indiana Jones is a part of the Lucas Film empire. Indiana Jones is now Mickey Mouse's little mitch.
Will Disney bring back Henry Jones Jr. to the big screen? Noooo ... Disney hates money. Indiana Jones, even that crappy fourth one, brough dorks like me, and so many others back to the theater to the tune of nearly $1 billion.
No one has officially said anything regarding whether this franchise will continue; in recent interviews, director Steven Spielberg has said he would do another one provided Lucas wants to. Lucas is now out of the equation. Harrison Ford has said he wants to play Indy if there is another film. The man is 70. Dude, give it up ... you don't look like this any more.
PREDICTION: Indy comes back to life with neither Harrison Ford nor Steven Spielberg in the mix, and no acknowledgement of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull having ever taken place.
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