On that note, I guarantee you Disney will make the original Star Wars trilogy available, removing all the bells and whistles added in the Special Edition. Disney will keep and maintain the original trilogy for generations to come, which means Han Solo will once again shoot first in the mind of Star Wars historians across the galaxy.
If I’m wrong just ask yourself this – could they really do a worse job than George Lucas?
Sure, Disney could degrade the legacy of Star Wars by adapting it into some terrible cartoon series, or maybe they could make some new films that the hardcore fans will shun – but I think ol’ George did all of those things, too. The difference here is, assuming the originals are released, at least fans can love and enjoy those, ignoring any new sequels if they wish.
If there’s one thing we know about Disney, it’s that they love making crappy sequels, and they love merchandising the hell out of their intellectual properties. So, expect a lot of cheap Star Wars merchandise to arrive in stores soon, replacing the cheap Star Wars merchandise left behind by the Lucas era.
I can guarantee you that Star Wars will remain as tainted as it ever was under Lucas, only this time there’s a bit of hope for having the original trilogy released once again. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Disney will dig out the untouched originals Lucas has been hiding on us for decades. If not, at least I won’t have to show my future children the Special Editions – after all, I want them to like Star Wars.
At the end of the day I guess it doesn’t really matter to me who owns the franchise I love; I just want them to take good care of it.