Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney and the Death Star

Image from the blog void/two.
Why all the angst over Disney buying Lucasfilm?  Are people worried the Star Wars franchise will get dumbed down?  Well, that already happened, first with the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi and then with Jar-Jar in The Phantom Menace.  Whenever people bitch about the "Disneyfication" of their favorite film franchise, they need to realize that the Mouse has a pretty long history of delivering entertainment, and leveraging its various franchises into all kinds of merchandising. 

I don't think we're gonna see Donald Duck next to Darth Vader in the next Star Wars movie (although I think it would be pretty funny).  Instead, I imagine they're gonna give the folks in now charge of Lucasfilm plenty of room to make quality movies that will pull in grownups as well as kids, and casual viewers as well as rabid fanboys.  And they're gonna market the hell out of those new flicks.  After all, Disney now owns Marvel Comics, and that's what they did with the Avengers movie.

One blogger complained that the next movie (Episode VII, whatever it ends up being called) won't be based on any of the post-original trilogy novels, and therefore "destroy the post-movie canon."  So what?  Who cares, as long as they come up with a great flick?  The vast majority of moviegoers are unaware of those books anyway.  To them, the only "canon" is what happened in the first six films--and they probably don't remember all the details. 

The new heads of the Star Wars franchise shouldn't let a bloated mass of marketing limit them from making a good movie.  Despite attempting a reboot, J.J. Adams still threw a canon bone to the trekkies, and the film, to its detriment, couldn't escape its own overwritten past.  That's another example of a law of literary relativity I like to call the canon singularity theory:
Whenever an entertainment franchise generates a certain amount of television episodes, movies, novels, games, and toys, that mass of fiction becomes so self-referential it collapses in upon itself, creating a singularity so dense that not even plot can escape.
Hopefully Lucasfilm's new owners can manage to avoid falling into that literary event horizon and come up with some decent sequels to the original Star Wars trilogy (but even if they don't, we're all gonna go see them anyway).  May the Force be with them.

6 comments:

Eric said...

Could not agree more.

ERIC!

Maj. Diz Aster said...

Disney can't botch Star Wars anymore than has already been done by Lucas himself. I used to be one of those people that dreaded "Disney-fication", but they've actually done a decent job with the Marvel takeover and made a couple of other films I actually enjoyed (Tron Legacy, John Carter), so I'm willing to cut Disney some slack. Episode VII? Any link to that? I'm curious to read that story.

pancerni said...

After all, they are only movies.

MIK said...

I woke up this morning to this as well.

I've always said George Lucas is the worst thing to ever happen to Star Wars, this is a good move. My childhood memories have already been bastardized, might
as well throw their lot in with Disney and crank out a new movie every two years. I might get interested again even. Pirates of the Carribean netted four
movies in a fraction of the time of Lucas' six came out.

Will they be good movies? I dunno but they can't be any worse than the prequels anyway.

 Ashley said...

I really like "Whenever an entertainment franchise generates a certain amount of television episodes, movies, novels, games, and toys, that mass of fiction becomes so self-referential it collapses in upon itself, creating a singularity so dense that not even plot can escape."

You've hit the nail on the head with this observation. Me? I'll try and just enjoy the movies for what they are, rollicking adventures in a galaxy far, far away, and not what others think they are.

Gonsalvo said...

I agree as well. I think this is a good thing. There is plenty of sequel stuff in writing to take idea from, but I'd be surprised if they do anything much more than that... nor should they!