In what might equate to a slap-hands girl-fight in the nerdy business world, today video game retailer GameStop has bought GeekNet – ThinkGeek‘s parent company – even though GeekNet had previously agreed to be bought by fashion/pop-culture retailer Hot Topic. The deal, as reported in a press release this morning on GameStop’s website, is for $20.00 per share, a sizable increase from the $17.50 per share that Hot Topic had offered. The difference in price may have been done in order to give GeekNet enough funds to pay the termination fee they’ll owe to Hot Topic in order to void the first contract. GameStop says the deal has a “total equity value of approximately $140 million.” (more…)
Since the announcement that there’s going to be a Star Wars Episode VII, the speculation as to whether or not original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher might return in some capacity. At various points in the last six months we’ve had some kind of formal or informal confirmation, from studio sources or the stars themselves, that they’re either in negotiations or have already signed up.
The real status of things is a big, fat question mark though, so let’s go to someone who should know better: Star Wars creator George Lucas. In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week about the Disney/Lucasfilm merger, the big, bearded man himself weighed in on the subject of bringing back the Big Three.
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” reveals Lucas. “So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”
Interesting, so Disney wanted to make sure that they had their ducks more or less in a row before holding the press conference. Understandable, it would be crazy not to have them in a Star Wars film that takes place after Return of the Jedi, and they knew that fanboys would ask… Although Lucas adds, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
In other news, Lucas was asked about his role in the production of the new films. J.J. Abrams is directing and Michael Arndt is writing the script, but throughout the process it seems that Lucas will be helping the cross their t’s and dot their i’s. “I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,’ ” he explains. “You know, ‘The cars don’t have wheels. They fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, ‘He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.’ I know all that stuff.”
I think a lot of us are of the opinion that the less George Lucas involvement in the film, the better.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie
A lot of opinions have been offered since it was announced last week that the Walt Disney Company had bought up Lucasfilm and are in the process of making a seventh Star Wars, and now the Uber-geek, filmmaker and superfan Kevin Smith, is *ahem* weighing in on the issue in a fun and rather touching op-ed in the trade magazine, Hollywood Reporter.
Like most things from Kevin Smith, his editorial is set in New Jersey, but back in an ancient time before the invention of VCRs when, “playing with Star Wars figures was about the closest a fan could get to seeing the movie again until it was rereleased in theaters.” Enter into this innocent age a young man named Peter King. He and Smith became fast friends through the bonding power of Star Wars toys.
Every summer day from 1978 to 1982, you could find me and Pete in his tiny yard, building a new Hoth or Tatooine, brushing ants off our bodies as we laid belly down in the dirt, making Luke Skywalker repeatedly kiss a girl who turned out to be his sister right before they swing from dental floss over the heads of stiff-armed Stormtroopers. It shaped me as a storyteller and as a person (you can’t save the galaxy all day long without lots of junk-food consumption).
Fat jokes aside, Smith goes on to explain that out of this regular playdate came the most awesome Star Wars story that he and Pete could ever conceive of; a dizzying mix of Quantum Leap and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in Space…
The best story (and the only one outside of the movie canon that we’d repeatedly play) wasn’t about Luke and Leia: It was about inexplicable fan-fave Boba Fett — the intergalactic bounty hunter who brings a carbonite-frozen Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. The plot of our backyard adventure: Boba Fett gets trapped by robotic gunslinger IG-88 in a Star Wars universe time loop, sending him through all the movies as well as moments only referenced in the flicks. In some eras, he’s a hero — even getting to kiss Princess Leia instead of Luke (this was before Return of the Jedi made ’em relatives). Other times when the chrono-belt pulled him into another era, Fett’s the villain he’s always known as in the flicks. The time-travel plot allowed us to touch on the well-told stories of the movies we so adored, but it also gave us a chance to mash ’em up with the funkier flights-of-fancy Pete and I would manufacture.
Sadly, the friends grew apart as they grew up, and shortly after the release of Smith’s breakthrough film Clerks in 1994, the director got some terrible news, his old friend and co-adventurer through time and Star Wars, Pete, had been hit by a car in Manhattan and killed. As Smith explains, it was to Pete his first thoughts went after he heard the Disney/Star Wars news.
Not a summer goes by when I don’t think about Pete or our ongoing saga of Boba Fett lost in time. So when I heard about Disney’s $4 billion Lucasfilm acquisition, naturally I had a brief, one-sided conversation with my former best friend.
“We might finally get to see that Fett flick we always dreamed about, Pete,” I said aloud at my desk after I read the news.
So in conclusion:
So in a world where Disney needs to make back its investment, we indeed might see an all-Boba Fett film. And if the Force wills it, maybe it’ll even be about Boba Fett lost in the Star Wars universe time stream. But even if it became the highest-grossing film of all time, it’d still never be as good as Pete King’s version.
How about you Bastards? Wanna go back in time with Boba Fett?
Less than a week after the bombshell announcement of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, it seems that the House of Mouse is still in the mood to buy, and they may be shopping in the toy aisle.
The rumor du jour is that Disney has opened negotiations to buy Hasbro, the largest toy and game company in the world. Under the Hasbro banner are numerous billion-dollar franchise brands like Transformers, G.I. Joe, Monopoly, Nerf, Beyblade, Magic: The Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. Over the years, Hasbro itself has absorbed other toy companies like Parker Brothers, Kenner, Tonka, Milton Bradley, and Wizards of the Coast, so I guess with no more toy companies to monopolize, their only choice left is to be absorbed by another monopoly.
Sound implausible? If there are negotiations, they’ve only just gotten underway, but it reportedly only took six months for Disney and Lucasfilm to come to an agreement. The move would make sense for Disney, as Hasbro does produce the Star Wars line of action figures, plus they’d get access to hundreds of characters and licenses that could add billions to their coffers, and not just the obvious ones like Optimus Prime and Cobra Commander. Might Cabbage-Patch Kids, Mr Potato Head and My Little Pony soon become permanent parts of the Disney world? Time will tell.
I know we joke about Disney taking over the world, but it seems that the entire enterprise is no joke to the people in charge: Disney means to take over the world. Or at least the nerd parts.
We’ll keep you posted with developments.
It was something of a surprise Tuesday when it was announced that Disney was acquiring Lucasfilm Ltd. for a cool $4.05 billion, and, oh yeah, Disney’s going to release a relatively George Lucas-free Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. Business news hasn’t hit nerdery this big since Disney bought a little firm called Marvel, and now we live in a world where Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man, The Muppets, Indiana Jones and Yoda all sit under the same roof.