‘Star Wars Episode VII’ News Round-Up

With the explosive news concerning yesterday’s Disney/Lucasfilm deal PLUS the announcement of “Star Wars Episode VII,” the amount of related content coming through the interwebs might be enough to make even a seasoned Geek overwhelmed. Helpfully, we’ve aggregated some of the most interesting, informative, inspirational, and on occasion downright infuriating stories:

HOW NERD-WORTHY MIGHT THIS NEWS BE?

MTV Movies Blog places the Disney/Star Wars news in context of other Great Moments in Geek History — as they put it, how the event registers on the “Nerd Richter Scale.” Will it register higher or lower than Peter Jackson directing “The Hobbit”? Find out at the link!

AND WHAT DOES THE TWITTERATI THINK OF SAID SEISMIC NEWS?

Next Movie does a Twitter round-up of clever reactions to the Disney/Lucasfilm marriage, coining such immortal phrases as “may the force be with pooh” and “Honey, I Blew Up The Death Star.”

BITE YOUR TONGUE, NY MAG!

New York Magazine seeks to rain upon all our sublime uber-nerd dreams pulsating at this moment, by suggesting a bunch of reasons why this merger might be not so great a thing: “…the prospect of keeping the Star Wars series going ad infinitum, and expanding it to regions and age groups in which it isn’t already well known or loved, is far from a sure bet with consumers.”

NO JERRY, PLEASE

Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm’s Fan Relations Adviser, posted praise for the merger on the Official Star Wars Blog, though the real stand-out line was in the comments section: “Very excited but please don’t let Jerry Bruckheimer get his hands on Star Wars.” But Michael Bay is OK, amirite?

SO LIKE THE FAN-VIDDERS ARE THE REBELS, AND…

Ars Technica wonders aloud if fan movies and other such stuff would be tolerated under a Disney empire leadership: “With a 95-year copyright on corporate-owned works, we aren’t scheduled to have a discussion about what the public might do with Luke Skywalker—and about the rich world of unauthorized spinoffs, sequels, and remakes that could be created—until 2072.” Until then, we have Star Wars Angry Birds to tide us over.

Though I’ve been doing my search through the many many reactions to “Disney Wars,” I’m sad to report that I have yet to find the Holy Grail of such quests: The Epic Fan Rage Video. If you happen to come across one of these gems — preferably sans too much cussing, but red swollen faces on the verge of exploding in a flood of nerd effluence OK — please let me know.

Related Posts:
Disney’s ’Star Wars: Episode VII’ – Weighing The Pros And Cons
Star Wars Episode VII – What Part Will The Expanded Universe Play?

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