I’m a big fan of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon. I watched it all back in the day and had a blast. And now that Disney+ is a thing, they’ve going to appeal to fans by giving us another season! It’ll be the true last season, and it looks like the most epic Star Wars thing of all time!
Man, that was cool! Ahsoka being awesome! Darth Maul being awesome! Everybody being awesome! This should be a pretty phenomenal season of television, especially in the Star Wars universe. We can survive the movies being only OK if we keep getting amazing Star Wars TV shows like this!
The final season of The Clone Wars comes to Disney+ on Feb. 21.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has gotten some positive reviews heading into the weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing the flick. Personally, I think Star Wars is stretching itself a bit too thin. Nobody was asking for a movie about a young Han Solo. That they’ve made a perfectly entertaining movie about it is fine, but just because you can make such a movie doesn’t mean you should.
That aside, if Disney and Lucasfilm are looking into some side stories from Star Wars to turn into movies, I have one really awesome suggestion: young Mace Windu.
I’ve mentioned this idea on my blog before, but I want to expand on how awesome that whole era could be. The general idea is to take everything we learned about the Jedi Order and the Jedi Temple in the prequels and apply it to characters we already know. Who cares about the younglings and Padawans from the Temple in the prequels? They all die!
But how about following the temple/school lives of characters like Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Count Dooku and more! Basically, what were our favorite Jedi characters like in high school?
Think about it: pretty much all of the adult characters we met in the prequels had to have known each other and been around each other almost their entire lives. We only saw them in adulthood or old age. What were they like, what was life for them like, only 20 or 30 years prior?
Surely the likes of Mace and Qui-Gon came up through the Temple together, possibly alongside other contemporaries like Plo Koon, Adi Gallia or Shaak Ti. Who was on the Jedi Council when they were teenagers? Did anybody see greatness in store for these young Jedi? What was it like when they were chosen as Padawans?
What was Yoda like when interacting with these kids? Did he foresee that young Mace Windu was such an awesome Jedi that he would pretty much equal Yoda in importance one day? What is life like for that kid?
Where does he get that purple lightsaber? Surely there’s a story to be told! If we need a movie that explains how Han Solo got his blaster, we also need a movie about how Mace Windu got his purple lightsaber.
And you can expand beyond that core group as well. Obi-Wan Kenobi was likely in youngling classes during this period. Why not a cameo?
Sheev Palpatine was probably already involved in politics at that point, a young senator or maybe clerical aide from Naboo. What was he like as a young man? And you can introduce his mentor, Darth Plagueis, and whatever shenanigans Plagueis was getting up to as a Sith who accomplished nothing. Maybe they’ve even recruited a young Darth Maul by that point. Do we know when that happened?
I think this would be a really fascinating and entertaining time period to explore. Obviously there wouldn’t be any Skywalkers to focus on, and the galaxy was pretty stable, but they could still have all manner of awesome Jedi adventures. There could be plenty of stories of how the Jedi grew more and more stagnant, how the dark forces worked on them from the outside, and even more personal stories about differing philosophies between young men and women who would soon grow to become the most powerful and influential Jedi in the galaxy.
Why was Qui-Gon Jinn some kind of wandering zen rebel, while Mace Windu was a by-the-books council member with the only purple lightsaber in the galaxy?
There’s an interesting story there, I just know it!
Now, some of you might say that we don’t need to bother ourselves with that era. Those characters are done, leave them be. But to that I’d say that Disney is clearly looking for anything Star Wars to put out. We’re getting a young Han Solo movie. We’ve had two multi-season cartoons that took a hard look at some time periods, with a third on the way. We’ve got a live action TV show coming, along with a new trilogy separate from the main trilogy. Clearly we’re eager for anything Star Wars we can get.
And I think this era could be a lot of fun!
Darth Maul is one of my favorite canon Star Wars characters, and for all of the obvious reasons. I’m not about to pretend there’s something deeper. He just looks awesome, and that double-bladed lightsaber is a thing of beauty. So cool beans to hear that he’s getting a new comic from Marvel’s Star Wars line.
The comic will be written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Luke Ross. It will explore Maul’s life before The Phantom Menace and before they revealed themselves to the Jedi. This interview at USA Today doesn’t make it sound like any sort of revolutionary comic, but maybe it will be fun.
I still hold Dark Horse’s first Darth Maul solo comic as one of the coolest of all time. That presented us a Maul who was uncompromisingly badass. Hopefully this new comic can come close.
I love the very concept of holidays, that we as a people come together for pageantry and silliness on certain days of the year. April Fools Day is a good one, a day for pranks and purposeful silliness. And the Internet is always a great place to find good April Fools Day pranks.
Such as IGN’s latest video for a live action Darth Maul TV show on Netflix! Oh, if only it were true…
I’m a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t name Darth Maul on my list of potential Star Wars Netflix shows. Though he would be a tough sell, quiet guy like that.
Anybody find any other really good Internet pranks this year? Share them in the comments!
This is all over the business-section of the Internet today, and I just…I’m speechless. I’m just going to throw up the full press release for anybody and everybody to read, and maybe in a day or two I’ll have something intelligent to say. I’m going to follow this story all night if I have to! Or if you don’t believe just me, check out The Hollywood Reporter or any number of other websites. I am fully prepared to accept eating crow if this is a hoax.
Here’s the full press release. I’ve highlighted George Lucas’ comments, because he’s a pretty cool guy:
Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas. Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.
“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.
Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.
The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.
Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.
The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.
The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.