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Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion

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Old 12-18-2013, 05:47 PM   #1891
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:01 PM   #1892
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How 'Star Wars' Marvel Move Could Affect Fans, Publishers (Analysis)

The announcement today that Lucasfilm will move the Star Wars comic license from independent publisher Dark Horse Comics to Disney sibling Marvel Entertainment may not have come as the greatest surprise to most, but that doesn't mean that it won't have an impact -- if, admittedly, an impact felt by Dark Horse and Star Wars fans more than Marvel Entertainment itself.

After all, this is a purely additive move for Marvel, which is already the single largest publisher in the American comic book industry, at least in so far as the direct market -- which is to say, the comic book speciality retail market -- is concerned ; there's almost no discernible downside in gaining this license for the publisher. Adding Star Wars to its line-up just means that it can boast a wider range of material than its predominantly superhero portfolio.



Unfortunately for Star Wars fans, Marvel has a somewhat varied track record when it comes to licensed material in recent years. For every Dark Tower or Ender's Game -- both properties that lasted for years at Marvel, via a number of mini-series and relaunches -- there have been properties that have been less successful; Philip K. Dick's Electric Ant and Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake had much shorter runs, for example.

More appropriately, the Disney relationship has produced tie-in graphic novels for ABC's Castle and Once Upon A Time, as well as sporadic attempts at exploiting Pixar, Henson and Disney animated properties, the latter three a group license that Marvel inherited from indie publisher Boom! Studios. In 2010, ahead of Tron: Legacy, the publisher pushed out a mini-series Tron: Betrayal, and in 2011 through 2012, a number of John Carter mini-series trailed the Andrew Stanton bomb. As you can see, corporate synergy has been alive and well at Marvel since its buyout.

Well, that's not true -- it's been alive, but hardly "well." Not only have the various licensed Disney titles failed to set the sales charts alight, but the publisher has been criticized for a seeming lack of focus (or interest) on the material, despite what would appear to be customer demand for it.

As Chris Butcher of the respected Toronto comic store the Beguiling wrote in 2012 [6], "At the height of production, BOOM! Studios had been publishing as many as 10 comics a month featuring the Pixar and Disney characters. During their tenure with the license from January 2009 through December 2010 (2 years), they produced roughly 200 comics, and more than 30 trade paperbacks of that material… In the two years since Marvel acquired the license (January 2011-December 2012), they will have produced approximately 8 comic books, 8 magazines, and near as we can tell, 4 graphic novels (only 2 in 2012)."

Of those releases, Butcher noted, some reprinted from the Boom! material or earlier material from other publishers. "What you’re seeing there is a 90% drop in production on highly salable product," he wrote. "Books with international name recognition that we were selling a ton of, and those sales basically evaporated."

Last month, Dark Horse Comics published five separate Star Wars series (Star Wars, Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadow and the adaptation of the original screenplay, The Star Wars), almost the equivalent of Marvel's core X-Men franchise, which boasts six core titles bearing the X-Men name. Even without a track record of reducing the amount of licensed material published under independent publishers, what would be the likelihood of Marvel maintaining Dark Horse's level of output on a regular basis?

(Worth noting: Marvel's cancellation level has traditionally been around 20,000 orders in the U.S. direct market, which means -- looking at the November order estimates, the most recent estimates available today [7] -- that only two of those five Star Wars series would survive.)



For readers outside of the comic book speciality market, moving Star Wars to Marvel may mean reduced availability. Not only has Marvel recently pulled its single issue comic books from the bookstore market, but the publisher's bookstore presence in terms of collected editions and graphic novels remains surprisingly small despite a switch to distribution by Hachette in 2010 to grow its market share [9]; according to Bookscan figures for 2012 [10], Marvel was only the eighth most successful comic book publisher in bookstores, with its entire collective sales for the year less than the sales of The Walking Dead Omnibus Volume 1 during the twelve month period. By comparison, Dark Horse was the sixth most successful comic book publisher for the period.

Whether in the comic book direct market or mainstream bookstore market, for Dark Horse, the loss of the license means a definite loss of sales -- in November, the publisher's three best-selling titles inside the direct market were Star Wars titles (although historically, its Buffy The Vampire Slayer titles, on hiatus until later this month, sell better) and of profile.

In his statement regarding the loss of the license, founder Mike Richardson wrote that the publisher had found "new and exciting projects" to replace the franchise in the schedule for 2015 and beyond, but admitted that it was "a tall order" to say that they would take the place of Star Wars in anything other than publishing slots. Even other high profile Dark Horse licenses like Buffy or Aliens pale in comparison with the recognition factor of Star Wars, after all.

Going on current evidence, the transfer of Star Wars from Dark Horse to Marvel suggests that the outcome will be less Star Wars comic product released from 2015 than we currently see -- barring a significant change in operating procedure at Marvel, which isn't impossible -- and that Dark Horse is very likely to suffer to some extent without the license, as well. It's possible that we'll see some great Star Wars comics from Marvel as a result of today's announcement, but it's difficult to shake the feeling that this move is more akin to the Empire Striking Back than any kind of New Hope, at least for now.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:36 AM   #1893
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Breaking Bad Star Jesse Plemons in Talks for Lead Role in Star Wars: Episode VII

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Old 01-11-2014, 12:24 PM   #1894
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:57 PM   #1895
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That guy looks nothing like the son of Luke.

He looks like a retarded bastard Skywalker.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:56 PM   #1896
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:16 AM   #1897
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Todd got this shit dudes. Why are you so worried about your precious franchise?
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:20 AM   #1898
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Todd got this shit dudes. Why are you so worried about your precious franchise?
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:04 AM   #1899
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Awesome. Plemons is a solid actor.

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Script has been overhauled and now Luke, Han and Leia will be the main characters in this first film. Not secondary to the young bucks.




http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hea...-who-is-669997





The project has changed significantly since Oscar winner Michael Arndt split as writer on Episode VII in the fall, with duties taken up by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

According to multiple insiders, the reason for the parting of ways was not due to a timeframe issue, as has been reported, but rather due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize.

Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, who directed the 1977 original and each of the most recent trilogy, was also involved in the debate, according to insiders. But Lucas, who sold his Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, acquiesced to Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who now runs Lucasfilm.

So with Abrams and Kasdan now overhauling the script, that means many of the actors who had met and auditioned have been nixed for various reasons. For example, one actor who met with Abrams in the fall before the overhaul was Mud breakout star Tye Sheridan. But sources say that at this stage, there is no need for such young actors and thus Sheridan will not be involved. In another case, one part that was initially conceived as a 20-year old male is now being rewritten to be a 40-year old.
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Script has been overhauled and now Luke, Han and Leia will be the main characters in this first film. Not secondary to the young bucks.




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The project has changed significantly since Oscar winner Michael Arndt split as writer on Episode VII in the fall, with duties taken up by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

According to multiple insiders, the reason for the parting of ways was not due to a timeframe issue, as has been reported, but rather due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize.

Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, who directed the 1977 original and each of the most recent trilogy, was also involved in the debate, according to insiders. But Lucas, who sold his Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, acquiesced to Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who now runs Lucasfilm.

So with Abrams and Kasdan now overhauling the script, that means many of the actors who had met and auditioned have been nixed for various reasons. For example, one actor who met with Abrams in the fall before the overhaul was Mud breakout star Tye Sheridan. But sources say that at this stage, there is no need for such young actors and thus Sheridan will not be involved. In another case, one part that was initially conceived as a 20-year old male is now being rewritten to be a 40-year old.
Awesome.

I think Ford and Hamill can carry this film.
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It seems like the best that fans can hope for is that these films aren't as bad as the prequels. Does any expect them to be better than the originals?
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It seems like the best that fans can hope for is that these films aren't as bad as the prequels. Does any expect them to be better than the originals?
It's not like the originals were incredible works of art. They were visually spectacular, but the scripts were based on stories that have been told again and again throughout history.

As long as they come up with something ORIGINAL, and the dialogue and acting isn't utter garbage, they're going to be pretty good. The Star Wars world is too rich and interesting to give us a bad or even mediocre movie when those other elements are in place.
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