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10 Ways Disney Could Save Star Wars

Do or do not, there is no try

By Kimberly McCall     October 31, 2012
Source: Mania.com

George Lucas has finally sold Lucasfilm to Disney for the modest sum of $4 billion and Star Wars Episode Vll is a go. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this is a piece of news that strikes a personal chord for me.
Honestly, Lucas made the right choice. After all, The George of today is not the George of 30+ years ago and, rather than continue to ruin his own movies, he has passed the torch to an Enterprise that (though flawed) still seems to possess a decent storyteller or two. I mean, what is a once-great creative genius supposed to do when he is obviously burnt out? 

And so, Star Wars fans must now choose to live in fear or hope. In an effort to keep the hope alive, here are “10 Ways Disney Could Save Star Wars”. 


1. Find a Director Worth His/Her Stuff


We need an original creative, here. Not a mere box office draw. We all know Star Wars makes money. That is a given. Now, it is time to bring in a more hands-on lover of the story and characters who is willing to go the extra mile, creatively, and not just sit back and let the money roll in.

2. Use Some Real Locations


I guarantee (while digital technology is amazing) there is still no substitute for a real mountain or tree. Just saying.

3. Throw a Few Other Man-made Set Pieces in There While You're at it

The Millennium Falcon was real. 



4. Cast Carefully
If I see Hayden Christensen's face on a single ghost or in a flashback, I'm going to cut off my own arm. Dig deeper to find the right character actors.


5. Don't Dumb it Down for Children


The originals didn't. Didn't we all turn out okay?

6. Get the Hell Rid of Digital Yoda


Granted, a post Return of the Jedi story might not call for the little Jedi master at all. But there was more real emotion in that original puppet than in Natalie Portman's entire performance in Revenge of the Sith (I'm sorry, she was not used at her best). 

7. Bring on the Creative Team Behind “The Clone Wars” TV Series


Whatever they are doing, they are doing it right. Get them involved in production.


8. Don't Make Us Feel Like We're Watching a Movie

This one is difficult to explain except to say that when I watch A New Hope, I feel as though I'm right there. When I watch The Phantom Menace, I feel like I'm watching a blockbuster.

9. Ask What is Best for the Characters and Not the Audience

Scary, I know. But someone once believed in Luke Skywalker enough to tell his story regardless of how it was going to be received by the masses. It worked.


10. Call Upon the Disney Magic. 

It's there, I know it is. So use it, Disney, and bring our beloved movies back to life.


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Dazzler 10/31/2012 4:06:39 AM

Good thoughts.

But they will play it safe with a heavy cgi movie with heavy action and little to no story.  They will use whoever is alive for past characters for cameos, I am sure Harrison who could always use a little extra cash might be avail.  But they really should throw a bone to Mark to help rebuild the Jedi.  I hope when they do ghost Jedi's it will be Darth Vader and not Annie and use James Earl Jones somehow.

They need a good new threat to the universe for next one.  Maybe one that uses ex-empire guys and clones and their star destoryers.  I will have fun dreaming about it, no way it will ever be as good as our dreams.  But it will give us something good to think about for a change besides the crap Lucas gave us with prequels.  Who knows maybe they can move on in the toon stuff finally also.  Maybe more forward with the tv series. 

If Disney does any of this, I will help them make their 4 bil back (what a douche bag price to pay to Lucas)  he does not not need that kind of money anymore. 

hanso 10/31/2012 4:54:25 AM


7thGuest 10/31/2012 5:03:47 AM

These are all good ideas, especially number 2 and 3. I don't mind CGI, but there is something about real sets and props that just makes a movie feel more real.

I love Disney and Star Wars so this news was great to me. Now I know a few will disagree with me, but I also want them to add a few hidden Mickeys within the movie. Knowing Disney like I do I know that they will add at least one, but I would like more than one myself.

I like hidden things in movies. The potato asteroid in Empire Strikes Back, C3PO and R2-D2 in Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc..etc.. Stuff like that makes a movie more enjoyable. Or at least I think so.

hanso 10/31/2012 5:08:59 AM

 There is a hidden Mickey in the pic for this article with the 3 death stars. 

SarcasticCaveman 10/31/2012 5:22:33 AM

 I agree with most of these, but I must call shenanigans on getting rid of CGI Yoda...yes, he looked perfect in Empire and Jedi...but I am the ONLY one here who remembers that half-assed puppet abomination from Phantom Menace?  CGI Yoda, in my opinion, actually looked much better.

7thGuest 10/31/2012 5:26:08 AM

True Hanso, and I'll admit seeing that made me remember about the hidden Mickey's used in their movies. But I want more, and more tricky to find since this "hidden" Mickey was a wee bit obvious.

hanso 10/31/2012 5:28:25 AM

 Lol, phantom menace yoda looked fuked up man, cgi yoda was much better.

flyinroo 10/31/2012 5:28:45 AM

 Of course Disney has just as much chance to make horrible movies as they do good ones. I'd say moreso bad than good, actually, just because living up to the expectations of so many people will be difficult...even following the prequels.  George spent 20 years thinking of the prequels. Writing and rewriting them in his head. CGI as we know it now, was only a few years along at the time and George thought it was the only way he could make these movies. He had said for years that technology was not developed enough to make the prequels he had in his mind. So when the technology did come along, he overdosed on it. The love and drive he used to make the original trilogy, are the very things that killed the prequels. It will be very important for Disney to find someone to development these new Star Wars movies that has not only a deep love for the originals, but actually respects what they are.

I would liked to have seen Spielberg direct one the new movies. That would have been nice to see. Too bad that will never happen.

Imagine a Michael Bay Star Wars. **shuddering in disgust**

**Still shuddering**

A Joss Whedon Star Wars could be amazing. **finally stopped shuddering**

Absolutely no Johnny Depp in Star Wars. I just can't see that as ever being a good thing.

No talking (or singing) animals in Star Wars. 

Riddley Scott/ Russel Crowe team up for SW. I'm honestly not sure if that would be good or bad.

Oh well...so many possibilities to make this great and so many possibilities to royally screw it up. We'll just have to wait and see.

decepticons2 10/31/2012 5:42:41 AM

Please oh Please real sets. This movie should be able to have a beudget of at least 500mil and still be profitable. I felt to many CGI scenes killed the involvement with the movies.

DarthoftheDead 10/31/2012 5:52:16 AM

 If they cant/wont do Thrawn trilogy...how about dark Empire?? I think that's far enough in the future of StarWar's...

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