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COLUMN:Sale of 'Star Wars' could be a blessing for franchise's fans

By Cody Wright
On November 26, 2012


Recently, George Lucas sold his rights to "Star Wars" for just more than $4 billion. After so many years of denouncing corporately-owned movies and the effect which corporations have on the creativity of movies, he has decided to sell the entity, which many around the world had grown to love, to the Disney Corporation.
While researching this transaction, I have seen a lot of negative feedback. I, for one, am rather happy that the "Star Wars" universe will be expanding.
I am a huge fan of the Jedi versus Sith and Republic versus Empire struggle. Ever since I was a child, I have watched Lucas' films with wonder and admiration for the creative genius which he set upon the film industry and world. 
I have always hoped that there would be a continuation after "Return of the Jedi" but never felt that it would be created because of seemingly irreplaceable characters such as Harrison Ford's Han Solo.
I do believe that there is a great deal of hope for a new trilogy, and while the originality of the characters might be lost since they are too old to take part in the film, I do see there being a wonderful chance to advance the story. I support this idea because of the dozens upon dozens of books, video games and other forms Lucas' brand has taken.
I think the fans of Star Wars deserve the chance to know what happened after the Death Star exploded off the moon of Endor. I believe that a wonderful story could be created with the old base, which is the first trilogy, combined with the new cinematic wonders and animations that have been developed over the years and used in later Star Wars movies. 
Imagining Luke Skywalker performing the acrobatic fighting implemented in Episodes 1-3 brings a smile to my face. That or seeing the Millennium Falcon touched up and designed in a new and clear way to give it a brand new feeling of realism which matches our cinematic expectations will be something I will look forward to until 2015 when Episode 7 releases.

- Cody Wright is a senior English major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.

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