FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. That's how much Disney paid George Lucas for Star Wars. I think three big things about this, and I've been thinking them ever since the news hit my Twitter feed at about 2:30 this afternoon.
1. Why are they announcing this the day the entire eastern seaboard is reeling from a major natural disaster? This must be a hoax...
2. A movie every 2-3 years seems like a lot. Will it turn into Aladdin III?
3. Four billion dollars could fix a lot of problems in the third world.
I was very much less than impressed about the whole thing until I read this post by John Scalzi, which made me feel a little better. And as a friend on Facebook pointed out earlier, a Star Wars movie directed by Joss Whedon would probably be pretty epic. I could live with that!
Some of my favourite tweets from today, in no particular order...
Kind of hard to maintain your image as a ruthless, planet-destroying Galactic Empire when your new boss is a mouse. #StarWars #Disney
— Death Star PR (@DeathStarPR) October 30, 2012
Holy Hoth, I leave Twitter for an hour and Disney buys Star Wars?!!
— Jen Yates (@cakewrecks) October 30, 2012
Also fun thing! Disney likes to "Open the vault" so maybe they will "open the vault" and find out that Han shot first and Jabba doesn't walk
— Matt Mira (@MattMira) October 30, 2012
Since when was Star Wars solely a boys' franchise, or Disney solely a girls' franchise?Be careful, #Disney.
— Bree Brouwer (@BreeBrouwer) October 30, 2012
"The Emperor's New Groove" now has a whole new meaning to me. #DisneyStarWars
— Consetta Parker (@parkerpublicist) October 30, 2012