As many of you know, Disney has bought the Star Wars franchise from Lucasfilm for a whopping $4.05 billion this year. This has been causing a lot of controversy among Star Wars enthusiasts both young and old. Many die-hard patriots of series view this as a money making scheme so that Disney can control the world even more. However, I am an enthusiast from the other camp who believes that this was an ideal move, not just from a money-making standpoint, but from a virtuous standpoint to keep the fandom alive.
George Lucas knows that he isn’t going to be around forever, and knew that he would have to sell his beloved Star Wars at some point. He wanted to do it now while he is alive and with it in order to make the best deal to keep the franchise thriving for many more years to come. Honestly, look at it from his point of view. Who better to protect the essence of Star Wars than Disney. Disney, more than any other company in the movie industry, understands the beauty of family films and has one of the most reputable track records of creating movies and characters popular and beloved decades and decades after they first debuted. They understand fandoms and children and that you can keep stories alive through toys, merchandise, spin-off books, clothing, and theme park rides.
It’s a huge risk considering that Disney recently had huge flopped with science fiction movies such as Mars Needs Moms and John Carter (Which I adored for the record). However, Star Wars itself is an example of the virtue of risk taking considering that it was rejected by Universal Studios, actors, artists, and other filmmakers all the way up until the film aired in 1977 and blew people away. Also, modern movie blockbusters seem to be comprised entirely of unoriginal scripts and story concepts that are based off of comic book characters or remakes.
While some people are angered about Disney’s new purchase, and others squeeing with joy; there is a third group of people who wish large movie franchises will burn out and let new original stories rise out of the flames. They argue that this transfer only feeds the flames of the old fire of movie existing franchises, and that the talented artists and writers will exhaust their talents on old things instead of creating a new franchise to astound the world. It isn’t a risk if it’s a sure-fire shoe in for bucket loads of money.
Perhaps there are some risks you would like to take but are holding back because of fear of failure. Perhaps you would be more inclined to take those risks if you had a bit of a financial net to catch you if you happened to fall. Car title loans are a great financial net because they don’t require credit checks of any kind and you can keep your car while making payments. Take a risk, and you might astound the world like George Lucas did back in 1977.