Star Wars: Fox Still Owns Rights To First Six Movies & Chewbacca and Jar Jar Speak About Disney’s Deal
Now that the announcement has been made, the paperwork signed, what is to come from the aftermath of the $4 Billion acquisition of the LucasFilm by Disney? The future is full of opportunities, but more on that later. It’s the past that has a slight hiccup or two.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has retained the rights to the first six movies and will own Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope forever.
This makes any hope of a owning a unedited version of the original trilogy very difficult.
With everyone jumping on the “screw you Lucas” train, what do members of the original cast have to say about the deal? With rumors that this new trilogy will be an original tale that leaves those cast decades ago relying on public appearances and residuals. Well, in an interview with TMZ Peter Mayhew, who played everyone’s favorite Wookie Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films, spoke up on the issue.
“I have no doubt Disney will respect and continue the legacy of Lucasfilm. I have worked with Disney for many years during their Star Wars Weekends Celebration and seen how much they love the films and the fans. [Disney] has an excellent track record for listening to the creator’s voice!”
At least someone cares. Even the most hated man in the Star Wars universe, one Jar Jar Binks played by Ahmed Best, has hopes for the future.
“George has always been a hero and a mentor. I am happy that the saga will continue.”
While many of us have spit in the wind at the mere mention of anything new coming out of Skywalker Ranch that involves any new trilogy it may be time for new beginnings. If the studio was planning a reboot or anything along those lines then we should be up in arms and if they make a new trilogy big deal. Just don’t go to the theater and watch it, problem solved.