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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

by admin on October 30, 2012

So, Disney bought Lucasfilm today. A million voices suddenly cried out in a combination of ecstasy, agony, terror, jubilance – while some simply shrugged and offered up a “Meh.” David Walker and Kenna Conklin joined the show for an hourlong talk about how crazy it is that one megaconglomerate purchased another megacorporation, and that acquisition seems to have sparked imaginations in a way pop-culture hasn’t seen since The Phantom Menace was first announced in the late 90s. What will Disney do with Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, how will that affect Dark Horse, and their games? Who will they get to continue the story, and will they start from scratch? And when do we finally get the Holiday Special on Blu-Ray? Speculation, Commentary, Questions, and maybe some answers, all in today’s show.


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hans October 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

A woman in control of Star Wars?
Helloo “50 Shades of Wookie” or “Twilight on Endor”.
;)

Kidding aside, I really hope we won´t eventually start missing the good ole Phantom Menace times.

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Roffle October 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

“50 Shades of Wookiee”? Dude. No. Don’t say such things.

:p

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hate jesse October 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

think boba fett clones, there are so many….

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Uatu the listener October 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Love the show. But what’s the deal with the dual audio play options?
Thanks and looking forward to the BTTF commentary.

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Jimmy B October 31, 2012 at 2:10 am

You could hear Bobby almost orgasm when Cort suggested Giachinno and McCreary team up to score the new Star Wars movie :D

It’s a fantastic idea, by the way, well done Cort.

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Geekoid October 31, 2012 at 6:55 am

I predicted 1 year after Jobs death they would loose momentum. That seems to be happening.

Star Wars yeah, a reboot is probable, but there are a lot of new things they could do, and they don’t even need Jedi.
Such as:
CSI: Coruscant
A Blind Jedi for a Zatoichi series.
and so on.

The soldiers were use to play to strong faction against each other, so the Emperor could move into the power vacuum. Classic evil.
He was also able to use that conflict to hide his work from the Jedi.

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BuffaloRiderSD October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

I’m going to be really interested to see how Mike Russell reacts to this on Friday, especially after his recent tirades about brand-driven film making. I see a lot of things the way he does in that regard, but this development (and the resulting excitement from people everywhere) I think also shows that there’s nothing wrong with brand-driven entertainment when it’s done well.

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Fish October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

Someone needs to reboot the Star Wars: X-Wing series!!!!!!!!! Would love to see those games with modern graphics!

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Jokes October 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

In the reboot C-3PO will be CGI. Entirely. So they can have him lose more limbs make snarky comments about his body being in a state of disrepair (and why it’s R2′s fault).

R2 will still be a man in a trash can.

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MeeboGuest137439 October 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

What if Disney and Google joined?

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GeekEyeCon October 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I’m genuinely curious about how this will affect Star Wars Detours.

I think it’s good news, overall. It has the potential for terrible things, but I think it’ll work out well.

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Get win! November 1, 2012 at 5:21 am

YOU GUYS, you forgot the best possible possibility this leads to.

STAR WARS IN KINGDOM HEARTS.

Yeah.

Bet you wish you thought of that first.

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Bobby November 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

1) Probably won’t happen
2) What’s a kingdom heart.

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Get win! November 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

Kingdom Hearts is that video game franchise where Disney and Final Fantasy teamed up, so Donald Duck is a mage, and you visit Disney worlds, complete with art styles true to the movies. Then you fight Cloud and Sephiroth in the Hercules world.

So the suggestion was supposed to be silly.

Doesn’t really work when I can’t get the reference across…

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Bobby November 1, 2012 at 8:04 am

AintItCool is floating an interesting theory. Well, aside from the paragraphs of fan conjecture that accompany it, but the basics seem pretty tantalizing:

Disney announced awhile back plans for a huge, summer tentpole, merchandising heavy, world-building sci-fi adventure with more than a lot of potential for sequels, spinoffs, toys, the works. This was to be directed by Brad Bird, written by Damon Lindelof, and the tentative title was “1952.” Not much more was heard about it, and it’s projected date was 2015.

The theory is, essentially, “1952″ = “Blue Harvest,” Blue Harvest, of course, being the code-name for “Revenge of the Jedi”

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Bobby November 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

Turns out there were more dots to connect. Here’s the blogpost I wrote over at the Merc.

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2012/11/01/were-we-told-back-in-may-whod-be-making-star-wars-episode-vii

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Kenna November 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

Looks like Lucas is stepping up BIG TIME to use his Disney money for good! (if not for film, for education): http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/george-lucas-next-act-bill-384572

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John Book November 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The idea of watching movies we loved as kids, but eventually leading to films that are not made for people of our age reminded me a bit of the promotional tactics of McDonald’s, as described in the book “Fast Food Nation”. Disney and McDonald’s both share a competitive spirit, to the point where when the McDonald’s brothers sold their restaurants to Ray Kroc, Kroc felt that he could turn his new entity into “the Disney of fast food”. They did. One of their means of promotion was/is “from the cradle to the grave”. If you are introduced to their food at a young age, you will remain a fan until death. Or even if you refuse the clown food, you may end up going there for your kids, and most likely grand kids, and eventually those fries will hit you. You/we are eating it. McD has McCafe, which is meant to be a better/superior place to their coffee competitors, that ‘bucks place. This means that even if you are not a fan of their food, you’ll most likely grab a coffee because you’re grown, have grown-up tastes, and yet have to still hang around Playland. Can one say that about movies and comic book franchises, that even if what we experienced as kids is no longer in the current productions, they know that we will go to/buy them as a bit of nostalgia, but its primary target is the youth, and their disposable income still involves adults. “From the cradle to the grave”, and I think that is the plan for any franchise that doesn’t want to have an expiration date. Or to put it another way, it’s a bit like soap operas where the cherished characters get old, or die and come back a year or two later, but they keep on stuffing the show with younger characters as a lure.

When I thought of that, I think of being a lifelong fan of hip-hop. Rap music did not have a shelf life until it made millions, and the possibility of it being a million-dollar selling industry meant a lot of us could have more of that experience. Then when it became grandiose statements of “I AM HIP-HOP”, or that the biggest hip-hop label up to that point moved from Columbia (now Sony) to Polygram (now Universal), it became even more corporate, to where rappers started writing lyrics around brand names just so they could get some extra $$$ as an endorsement. It wasn’t just “I know a girl named Tropicana, she’s always juicy”, it became an Amazon wish list. I look at what hip-hop has become, to where it has become a brand name. We all know what “Star Wars” means, and the possible variables that could happen, but one wonders what will be the popular or accepted view of the ownership of Lucasfilm. Are Lucas fans that hardcore to where they will fight to what they want to experience, or will it become what is expected/demanded of them, like hip-hop? Maybe this shows how naive I am about the whole Star Wars realm, but my point was to show the slight parallels I see in this. I see good and bad, but I hope hardcore fans will follow through, especially when both Star Wars and hip-hop are looked upon by some as being “for the youth”, when in many ways, at their best, they both celebrate life by feeling youthful, but understanding that we all become elders if we’re able to remain sane.

Also, the brief mention of Disney owning everything. If Disney ever ends up owning Universal someday, this would mean they would own both ABC and NBC. However, Universal has a tight grasp on what they own, and with them recently obtaining a good chunk of EMI’s music and publishing library, they are the kings. There was a joke about 15 to 20 years ago that “one day, there will be no major labels. One day, it will truly be one universal group”, and that’s universal with a lower case “u”, but it seems as of late, it’s more Universal. If Disney and Universal ever merge, watch out.

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Brandon November 2, 2012 at 6:02 am

Is it to late for me to chime in and mention that there’s already Indiana Jones rides at the Disney theme parks? Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye in Anaheim is pretty bad ass. The mine cart coaster, loosely based on Temple of Doom, at the Paris park is rather lame though.

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Chad November 3, 2012 at 3:35 am

What if Genndy Tartakovsky had some input into Episode 7?

I dug his animated Clone Wars series, it had more emotional punch than the films.

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Thomas Gill November 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

How can Disney buy Apple when Apple is the most valuable company on the Earth. Perhaps the reverse may occur.

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