Disney recently made a deal to buy Lucasfilm, the production company behind “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” for $4.05 billion. Disney also announced that three “Star Wars” sequels are planned, and Lucasfilm creator George Lucas will only be involved as a creative consultant. Adam Weaver, president of the “Star Wars” Club, shares his thoughts on this change:
Q: How do you think the “Star Wars” films will be affected by the loss of George Lucas as writer and director?
A: At first I was very skeptical. George Lucas has done so much for “Star Wars,” of course, but I was also concerned because I didn’t know what angle Disney would approach this from. I didn’t know whether they were going to make it more lighthearted, or they would delve deeper into what “Star Wars” is about. I was a little concerned because I didn’t want “Star Wars” to turn into something more for little kids, instead of a rich, action-packed story filled with many different elements.. However, thinking over what Disney has done with Marvel and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” I think it has tremendous promise. Plus, Disney is smart. They’re a marketing force and they’re very competitive. They’re in it to make as much money as possible, and they’re not going to do anything to endanger their fan base and their profits. I’m pretty hopeful.
Q: How do you think this will influence the Expanded Universe of “Star Wars” books and other media?
A: Disney has to pick one of two angles. There are already books that talk about the Expanded Universe, and anyone can pick those books up and know exactly what happens. That’s different than what happened before, because before you had no idea what was going to happen in the movies. The other angle is to go completely astray from everything that has already been written. They could do something entirely new and make up their own story. Lore is a huge part of “Star Wars”, and if you’ve read the books, there’s so much more behind it that makes it much more valuable
Q: There have been fears that Disney is gaining a monopoly on entertainment. What is your opinion on that?
A: I thought about that, and I looked at the way they are gaining ground in a lot of different areas. I think as long as they stay true to helping and supporting the fans, I don’t have a problem with it. It’s whenever they take advantage of the monopoly and start doing whatever they feel like, that’s when things start going downhill. In terms of Marvel, if you just start messing around with the stories, and just throw random things in that didn’t happen or couldn’t happen or just isn’t true to the comics, you’re going to have a lot of upset fans. I would like them to remain true to the major aspects of the story. If they keep the fans happy, I don’t have a problem with it.
Q: What does the “Star Wars” club do?
A: We try to meet at least once a week. We have discussions of the movies, and we try to look a little deeper into what they portray. We actually look a lot into the lore because the lore is a big focus of understanding “Star Wars”. If you read the books and look deeper, there are a lot of messages that people don’t see from just the movies. There’s action, there’s love, there’s conflict, there’s emotion. We have weekly debates about the different characters and how they view the world and what their role is. We also do other fun things. We once did these things called cage matches, where we found a list of the one hundred most memorable characters and we picked two at random and pit them against each other. It’s lots of fun.. But I think the biggest thing that the “Star Wars” club has going for it is the light-saber battles. We have 106 people currently signed up for the club, and of those about 20 to 30 have light-sabers, and every week or two we go outside and pair off into Jedi and Sith, and we just have a big battle.
~Laura Bitely ’14, Juniata Online Journalist