The Threeway: Things We Want to See from Disney/Lucasfilm Merger (Adam’s Take)

I’ve been giddy for a few days now. The Disney/Lucasfilm announcement…it’s like Christmas and Halloween had a baby. I’m a big Disney fan and grew up on a steady diet of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.” I’m the kid that obsessed over that giant ILM book back in the day. I bought a LaserDisc player just to have the original Trilogy in unedited, digital form.

Thus, I have some thoughts on this buyout. I have a list of desires longer than a Wookie’s arm. Here are the Top 3:

1) Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. This was part of the announcement and I am totally on board. Even more, I’m OK with Lucas serving as a creative consultant. The problem with the Prequels wasn’t Lucas, it was that no one said “no” to Lucas. No one was there to keep him in check. He isn’t a writer. He isn’t a director. He is a storyteller though. The story, the concept, that was his gift (that and business management, apparently). Allow him to breath some life into the idea and then PASS IT OFF.

I want a solid core creative team involved (NOTE: Not Seth Green). A team that can do the story design, writing, etc., and then team with solid directors to bring it to life. It’s too bad that Joss Whedon is tied up (at Disney, oddly) with Marvel Phase 2, because he would be perfect. I don’t want Nolan either. Or Bryan Singer (who just signed back onto “X-Men”). I don’t think I want Favreau either.

There a few people I’d be OK with, but the top of the list is Spielberg. I know, I’m a devoted worshiper and I’m blinded. But Disney just made his one of his long time producers, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm and he was BFF with George. Announcing him as director…I’d explode like the Death Star in the Special Edition.

2) Some “Indiana Jones” love. Whereas “Star Wars” has stayed alive and become commonplace in theaters (new movies, re-releases), TV (“Clone Wars”), game, action figures, etc., Indy is regulated to pretty much the back room. I’m not saying I need another film. But, a “Clone Wars” style cartoon could be interesting. An Indy ride at Disney World would be nice. Something.

1) “Star Wars” Land at Disney World. Last year when Disney announced “Avatar”-land for the Animal Kingdom I was confused. I guess Pandora can fit into the Animal Kingdom, but it seems like a waste of money. Disney is grasping at a straw to combat Universal expanding the incredibly popular “Harry Potter” world. Then it dawned on me – Disney should make a “Star Wars” land. But, putting that much money into something they didn’t own doesn’t fit their M.O.

Now, however, they can. Licensing fees would be easy to arrange. They already have Star Tours at the Studios. Plus, they blow that place up for “Star Wars” Weekends every May/June; Hollywood Studios gets overrun with fans every year. So, obviously, there is demand. They could easily retrofit some parts of the Studios while creating new attractions. Some free food for thought for the Imagineers:

  1. Turn the SciFi Diner into Mos Eisley.
  2. Retrofit Pizza Planet for a “Star Wars” theme.
  3. Use the space for the “Muppets” to create a new “Star Wars” attraction (NOTE – I love the MuppetVision 4D show – but its time has gone).
  4. Take out the “Pearl Harbor” esque opening of the backlot tour and replace with something “Star Wars” or ILM focused.
  5. Have a “Star Wars” themed character breakfast.
  6. Replace “Once Upon a Toy” (at Downtown Disney) with a “Star Wars” store

Essentially, use the assets to bring new experiences to the Parks. This was a great start:

Darth Disney

DISNEY JUST BOUGHT LUCASFILM.

That sentence should break the Internet. WTH? Disney just threw $4 BILLION at King George and walked away with the Holy Trinity (and those other movies). Oh, and they say they want a new “Star Wars” movie in theaters in 2015 (and Lucas will only consult on it).

Even if the movie never happens – this is a MAJOR acquisition for Disney. The Merchandising and Theme Park rights alone should give them plenty to play with. When Disney announced “Avatar” land (or whatever) for Animal Kingdom I was perplexed. Why not arrange a deal with Lucas to do a Star Wars themed park? Looks like they were a step ahead of me.

I’m optimistic. I’m giddy. I’m sure to be let down, but in the mean time…

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.

UPDATE 1: Disney is getting full control of everything. “Star Wars,” LucasFilm, “Indiana Jone,” LucasArts, Industrial Lights & Magic (ILM), etc. The bought the entire Lucas farm.

UPDATE/Question 2 – Does this make Princess Leia a Disney Princess? Cuz, Slave Leia fits in sooooo well.

Superman’s Deadliest Catch

Look! Down in the water! It’s fish! It’s a boat! It’s Superman?

Holy cow did Warner Brothers miss with their “Man of Steel” teaser. Seriously, it’s awful. It may be the WORST teaser ever. This isn’t even hyperbole. Can anyone name a worse teaser? Is anyone teased in a good way about this? Does anyone think “ohmygoshanewSupermanIcan’twaittilnextsummernow!!!”?

I’m guessing not.Superman

First, the bad. Everything. I guess it looks nice. And, if this was a movie called “Life of Fisherman” or something – it might be awesome. Heck, if it was called “Man of Steel” and was about a Fisherman. I strongly believe that most theater-goers watching this were legitimately confused until the red S symbol appears. Then, once it does, you’re left with the thought “wait, was that fish stuff?”

The only (and I’m reaching here) intriguing thing about it is that WB created two versions. One has a voice over from Kevin Costner (Pa Kent) and the other from Russell Crowe (Jor-El).The two different voice overs showcase the man the different Fathers would want their boy to become. That’s almost interesting. But, not really. And, for those keeping score, the Jor-El one is faaaaaaaar more interesting (as it least it gives us the Christ analogy that often follow the Superman mythos) and it is still awful.

I always thought Zack Snyder would bring the wrong aesthetic to Superman. I didn’t realize he would bring an entirely different wrong aesthetic though.

Here they both are. Press play and cringe. Am I wrong? (No, I’m not.) Has cinematic history ever had a worse teaser? (It’s possible – but I can’t think of one.)

First, the really bad one.

Then, the mostly bad one.
What do you all think? Can you name a worse teaser?

No Jokes

I am a movie fan. I love them. I adore seeing films in theaters, jammed with other people. I’ve gone to my share of Midnight films. The excitement of being “one of the first” to see it. It’s a social experience unlike any other to me. To see something for the first time, with 500 other people as crazy as I am to stay up until 3:00 AM on a work night. I never thought that was a form of innocence until this morning.

My deepest condolences go out to the friends, families and victims of the Aurora shootings last night.

I can’t find the words to describe how this makes me feel. I’ve always felt a kinship with other movie fans. Even though I don’t know anyone involved, it still feels like this happened to an extended part of my family. I could have just as easily been in a midnight showing. In a few years I’m sure I’ll take my son to such screenings. There is definitely a loss of innocence for me – as theaters have always been a place for me to escape to. A place where adventure, excitement, drama and horror play out on screen. Not in the aisles.