Hark! to the twaddle-level "cultural conservatism" of The Notional Review. Dig this goofy shit.
A bright young imbecile is paid by the NR to do "journalism" at a Star Wars thingy. The results are ghastly.
I'm not happy about how caustic I'm about to get to a young writer, but look, better it come from some Internet schmuck than from someone else who shouldn't pay her.
In October 2012, Star Wars fans felt a great disturbance in the Force. Disney — no need to explain why this is gobsmackingly horrible — announced that it was going to insult the collective intelligence, sensibility, and good taste of everyone in America and the English-speaking world by welcoming George Lucas to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and making another Star Wars trilogy.
The Star Wars franchise is a franchise, and remains potentially profitable.
Disney makes money. It's very good at it.
George Lucas made one movie in the 1970s that spawned a popular and remunerative franchise, and ever since then, he has grown beards of various lengths, yelled a lot, and made movies that nobody liked.
What the fuck is your beef with Disney...?
This is pathetic:
Here’s why Star Wars is dead: First, because they made a huge mistake in not casting me. Second, because it’s no longer in the hands of a bunch of nerds in California and because it’s been entrusted instead to the kind of people who think eight-hour meet-and-greets are a good idea either as A) publicity stunts (or, giving them the presumption of good faith) B) a good way to determine who’s going to be the next Luke Skywalker. It’s because Star Wars — a story that’s profoundly anti-centralization, anti-bureaucracy, anti-depersonalization — is being micromanaged and scrutinized by nameless bureaucrats who think that people who’ve stood in line for five hours will be satisfied with being directed to a website. And it’s because a film enterprise that was initially about risk is now about bet-hedging. No one should need to be told that the seventh film in a franchise probably isn’t going to be super great. But, you know, just in case, consider yourself warned.
Capitalists are bad at capitalism.