Star Wars fans have littered the Internet with complaints since Disney announced its $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. and the rights to the “Star Wars” series.
Disgruntled fans, this does not mean that Leia is now a Disney princess or that Darth Vader will start bursting into song. In fact, Disney’s intervening hand could be just what the doctor ordered for the 40-year-old series.
Our ignorant society can’t separate Disney’s business side from its “High School Musical” side. Disney, as a company, consists of hundreds of business people in suits, not just singing fairies and cartoon characters.
Disney owns six motion picture studios, including Marvel Studios. It also owns ABC television network and 80 percent of ESPN.
As far as what Disney can do for LucasFilm, look at what it has done for Marvel.
In 2010, Disney scooped the dying comic book company out of a ditch of forgotten movies like Hulk and Spiderman and resurrected Marvel with the well-planned “Avengers” film.
“The Avengers” movie, perhaps the best serhero movie of all time, earned $18.5 million from midnight showings around the U.S., according to the Huffington Post. It made over $500 million in box office revenue.
Marvel now leads the serhero industry, with DC trying to keep by spewing out weak movies like Green Lantern and yet another Serman.
So, if new Star Wars movies are to be made, who better to do it than Disney? Its record shows that reboots are what Disney does best.