Darth Vader, Star Wars, Mask

There was a great disturbance in the force.

A sudden, startling realization that anything in this world, no matter how sentimental or precious, has a price tag. Even if the tag happens to read 4.4 billon dollars on it; even if the tag is attached to your childhood.

All considered, is it really a surprise that such a household franchise slipped from the hands of its sole creator Lucas into the mega-conglomerate that is Disney? George Lucas’ entire life can be summed up in one title and though it’s a pretty darn impressive empire of work it still only comes down to two words. All the prequel/figurehead pressure aside it makes a good deal of business sense for Lucas to sell to Disney. Let’s face it: Who else has 4.4 billion dollars to blow on the rights to one property?

However, the future plans of our galaxy’s most well recognized and beloved title falling into the hands of Darth Mickey has the stormtroopers at Comic-Con quaking in their boots. The 30-years in the making Episode VII, like it or not, is going to happen and will be on the silver screen in 2015. Star Trek director, JJ Abrams, is set to direct and the rumors are screaming by like swarms of tie fighters waiting to swat fans out of the comfortable familiarity of their own Death Star trenches.

There might even be a few tears at the premiere as some of the worst of these rumors might actually come true… Or come to pass in the many sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and origin stories that Disney is sure to follow up with in the aftermath.

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This article was first posted on February 25, 2013