Yesterday, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion. This is astonishing. Disney’s acquisition of Pixar was gaspworthy, but logical, even predictable. Disney’s acquisition of Marvel was a surprise, but clever and additive to the Mouse’s demographic reach. But this is on an entirely different level. Not only because Star Wars is the greatest film ever made, but also because it represents one of the most compelling examples of The American Dream. George Lucas started by telling a story, but ended up creating and personally owning one of the dominant pillars of the world’s entertainment industry. But this article isn’t about the deal itself. Setting aside the global childhood antitrust question, it doesn’t really affect me as to who owns what. Besides, you already read those “may the mouse be with you” articles yesterday. Instead, this article is about the footnote at the end of the story. The tantalizing tidbit that represents a supernova in the world of science fiction. This article is about Episode 7.
In the pantheon of science fiction cinema, there is no event on the horizon more important than Prometheus. Ridley Scott has made two science fiction films. Alien and Blade Runner. His entire science fiction output fits in the top five science fiction films of all time. No other director can say the same, not Lucas, not Cameron, not Spielberg, not Kubrick. Prometheus will be Scott’s third science fiction film, and it comes out June 8, 2012.