Star Wars VII — Skywalker Family Problems

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Rudy Dees

Writer @ GoneWithTheWord

Family problems are far too common is our society—none more than business relationships. Mergers and acquisitions tend to be hostile—often leaving one party disappointed.

Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 BILLION. Cha-ching Mr Lucas. However, with that, Lucas no longer has any control over Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise.

Lucas had plans and ideas for the upcoming installment of the Star Wars film; he had a story to follow Return of the Jedi, but Disney did not want it after they bought Lucasfilm.

With that George Lucas and Disney parted ways leaving the fans caught in the middle. Much like a divorce where the children are left wondering: “What will happen now?”

In a Vanity Fair interview, Lucas says that Disney wants “to make something for the fans.” He also stated that: “They [Disney] weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway. But at the same time, I said if I get in there I’m just going to cause trouble. ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”

And there we have the Lucas v Disney break-up which leaves fans left wondering where Disney will take The Force Awakens without its visionary creator. There are plenty of fans happy to see the franchise out of Lucas’s control. Many fans were unhappy with the prequel trilogy. Despite Jar Jar Binks and other minor hiccups, Episodes I-III were brilliant in its character development of Anikan Skywalker/Darth Vader.

Nonetheless, Lucas took this break-up in stride: “When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing. The third one is you don’t show up at their coffee shop and say you are going to burn it… You just say ‘Nope, gone, history, I’m moving forward.’”

Lucas walked away with his head held high and $4 BILLION with which to soothe himself. But Lucas is Star Wars; he created this universe, its characters and their stories. As with every separation—good or bad—he must be disappointed, saddened, and angry with how Disney dismissed him—our beloved creator to the Star Wars universe.

Kathleen Kennedy has said Disney will “focus on the Skywalker family saga,” and by association will likely have plenty of family drama to deal with—much like a sci-fi soap opera.

I hope the Force is strong with Disney and that they produced a Star Wars film that is more than a “sci-fi soap opera” and one worthy of the original trilogy, or the fans might favor Lucas for custody over Lucasfilm.

 

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