November 23rd, 2010

Holy Shit!

(AP) - Los Angeles – Officials at 20th Century Fox today announced that they plan a reboot of the Star Wars franchise without the input or collaboration of creator George Lucas.

“We have an extremely valuable franchise on our hands and it makes sense to continue the series,” studio spokesman William Marsters said. “Unfortunately, after discussions with Mr. Lucas we realized that we could not move forward together. We simply could not agree on concepts for future film and television productions based on the existing characters.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Warner Brothers plans to reboot Buffy The Vampire Slayer without series creator Joss Whedon, which has been met with anger and disappointment by fans of the original show.

“I don't anticipate the same type of negative reaction for a Star Wars reboot,” Marsters said. “Market research has demonstrated that the Star Wars fan base is not attached to the current concepts and characterizations of Mr. Lucas. In fact, we anticipate a great deal of excitement in the Star Wars community.”

Reached at his Skywalker Ranch office, Lucas said he was greatly disappointed with the studio's decision.

“With Star Wars we had a great opportunity to further explore the exploitation of the Skywalker family,” Lucas said. “I had greatly hoped to be able to show how the rebel alliance was able to rebuild the Galactic Republic through trade negotiations, arms control treaties and other reflections of modern societal problems. It seems that rather than making a relevant movie the studio would rather pander to the fan base and their demands for a “fun” movie.”

When read this statement Marsters responded “Han shot first. That's really all I have to say.”