Opinion: ‘Star Wars’ will remain an iconic film under new owner

Anne Buie

From the moment I saw “Star Wars: Episode I the Phantom Menace” when I was a child, I was an instant fan of the series. And I have been a die-hard “Star Wars” geek ever since.

We have all heard that the Walt Disney Company purchased the “Star Wars” franchise. Well, fellow fans, I am here to say that it will be okay.

If history is any indication, Disney will not ruin the new movie, slated for a 2015 release, or the series as a whole.

A big misunderstanding here is that Disney will be making the next three or six “Star Wars” movies.

This is not the case at all. LucasFilm was not disbanded.Disney just purchased the $4.05 billion stock, and now LucasFilm is a subsidiary of the company.

Let us not forget that Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment back in 2009, and I have seen nothing but terrific movies from that franchise ever since.

Disney realizes that these studios have a huge following and will do everything to make sure they retain their highy respected statuses in the film industry. Disney isn’t going to have Darth Vader riding a flying carpet, singing “A Whole New World” around the Death Star with his new master Mickey Mousewalker.

Another reason to not be worried is that series creator George Lucas is going to be a creative consultant for the new trilogy, according to ign.com. Lucas will make sure these films are nothing less than the “Star Wars” movies we have come to know and love.

Also, it has been said that Lucas has already planned out this new trilogy. In an interview with TheWrap, LucasFilm biographer Dale Pollock said he has seen the plan for “Episode VII,” “VIII” and “IX” and “they had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these three movies.'”

Disney buying LucasFilm does not mean the end of “Star Wars,” it means a new beginning. This generation has lost the great film series that have made the last decade of movies so great, series like “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter.”

Now we have something to look forward to.

Something more than a girl who is emotionally torn between the sparkly vampire or the wolf-boy who can never seem to find a shirt.

Disney has expanded the life of “Star Wars.” Without this deal, viewers would probably never see an “Episode VII.”

There is no cause for alarm, fans. “Star Wars” is in good hands, because it is in the same hands as before.


Rahili, a freshman computer science major from Durham, is a senior graphic designer.