Star Wars and the Disney deal: Mark Hamill speaks

News Ryan Lambie 1 Nov 2012 - 16:40

As the dust settles on the news of Lucasfilm's sale to Disney and the continuation of the franchise, Mark Hamill gives his view on it all...

With the internet still aflutter with the news that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm, you may have begun to wonder, "what would Luke Skywalker make of all this?"

Well, wonder no longer, because Luke (well, Mark Hamill) has been talking about the takeover, as well as the news that at least three more Star Wars movies are in the planning stages. In fact, Hamill reveals that George Lucas told him about the plans to make a Star Wars Episode VII about a year ago.

"He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX," Hamill told Entertainment Weekly yesterday, "and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them."

Apparently, Lucas made the revelation over lunch with Hamill and co-star Carrie Fisher. Hamill, expecting Lucas to talk about the long-mooted Star Wars TV series or maybe even Lucas' approaching retirement, was instead confronted with the news that three more Star Wars movies were in the offing.

"I was just gobsmacked," Hamill said, before admitting to his ambivalence about continuing the Star Wars saga still further. "I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be [...] But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material."

As for Disney's acquisition about Lucasfilm, Hamill said he had "mixed feelings" about that, too, but added that "they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar."

Hamill was unsurprisingly tight-lipped about what those future Star Wars movies might contain - assuming George Lucas told him anything at all. Could Lucas have called Hamill and Fisher to his little lunchtime meeting to discuss the possibility of their appearing in the seventh Star Wars movie?

There's certainly the outside possibility that there might be room in the story for older versions of their characters, depending on when Episode VII is set. But given just how well-guarded the secret of both the movie and the Disney deal was, we probably won't have confirmation of this for some time yet.

You can read the full interview over on Entertainment Weekly.

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"[Hamill] added that 'they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar.'

Nope. Sure haven't. And I expect the new "Star Wars" films will reek awesome.

Yes, absolutely. This is probably the most exciting news I've read in a while.

I guess Luke could turn up in a yoda/kenbobi mentor role? But I still don't really see the point of further movies, the story has been told, the good guys won, the prophecy has been fulfilled

I'm hoping it's set a couple of decades after Jedi. Luke would running a jedi academy while the remnants of the empire battle the new republic (sort of like the novels really). That way there would be a link to the previous movies and a new story could begin.

Hmm...didn't he retire from voicing The Joker just a few months later? Coincidence, or does he know that he'll be unavailable for any Joker gigs in the near future?

I think its funny that people complain about Disney buying out Lucasfilm. I mean The last Star wars trilogy and the last Indiana Jones film weren't exactly that good. At the very least Disney will improve things. Who knows, maybe Disney might even save these franchises.

I wouldn't mind seeing him like Nimoy a la Abrams' "Star Trek", though.

Though, to be fair, they didn't make Marvel, the Muppets or Pixar any better. They were already pretty damn cool. 50 % of the Star Wars franchise isn't...

It'd have to be a coincidence. Surely it isn't difficult to schedule voice-over work. A couple of days here and there, and they're done...

I cannot but think what a sad actor - desperate for any exposure. The NEW Star Wars will not include you.

"At the very least Disney will improve things." How do you know this? Since when is Disney perfect?

Umm you Realise that from '92 - 2011 he has been doing the voice of the Joker right? Hardly a "Sad actor" and what kind of a career in acting have you had to be able to claim ability to commend on the career of actors? None I suspect. It doesn't matter even if he hadn't been doing anything else since Star Wars he played one of the most iconic characters in sci fi of all time, who else can claim this? Veeeeeeery few.

i would gladly sacrifice all my future unborn children to have been in the original star wars trilogy. that is all.

Yeah, like there were no dud films for Marvel superheros. Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic 4, and so on...

But they were handled by other studios (Fox and so on). Marvel Studios were solely responsible for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk before they were bought by Disney, both good films...

That's just cynical. Sony and Fox aren't slouches. They're giant companies for a reason. They just made shitty films, but obviously Disney stays hands-off of Marvel enough for them to make the films they want, which is why they are on par with Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.

No he hasn't retired from The Joker if the script is good enough and if Kevin Conroy and Paul Dini are involved he will still do he said it's the best role he's played as an actor and that is no joke his words from the book dedicated to Joker.

How is he desperate for exposure? Surely every media outlet covering the story has been going after everyone involved in Star Wars especially those who could reprise their roles in future films. It's not like he's gone out trying to make people talk to him. This seems a very harsh criticism of someone I will forever be a fan of.

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