On this day, in Star Wars month, we celebrate the maker’s birthday. George Lucas, the man, the myth, the legend, was born this day. Whether you are a fair weather fan or a loyal fan, we owe it all to this man. If you’ve ever seen the movie THX 1138, that was originally going to be George’s style of sci-fi. Instead he went the route of a space opera with western themes and the world of cinema was changed forever.
This man had to endure a lot, especially during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I admit that the prequel’s weren’t perfect. The Anakin and Padme dialog was poorly written and many struggled accepting that. Regardless the prequels are here to stay and that’s perfectly all right with me; they remain part of my annual re-watch.
Lucasfilm Sale to Disney
In 2012 Lucas sold Lucasfilm and all the intellectual rights of Star Wars to Disney. There were rumors that so called “fans” were so toxic he became disillusioned with making more Star Wars films. Honestly, I think he was just ready to retire. Initially I was less optimistic about the acquisition but now, 8 years later, it was the right thing to do. Disney was the right company to take the franchise in a new direction.
While my wallet doesn’t like more Star Wars, my inner geek loves it. Furthermore, the Disney era of Star Wars has given me and my daughter something to bond over. It isn’t just the sequel trilogy but the Star Wars Story movies, the animated series and Forces of Destiny. Before, Star Wars was a male dominated fan base, but Disney removed the gender barrier and now Star Wars is for everyone.
I’m excited for future series and future films and it’s all thanks to one man.
As C-3PO once said “Thank the Maker” and in this case, the maker is George.
Happy Birthday George. MTFBWY!
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