The above photo shows George Lucas signing away all rights to LucasFilm to The Walt Disney Co. for the tidy sum of $4.05 billion, because $4 billion wouldn’t have been enough on its own. The deal needed the extra .05 billion dollars which, I believe, is fifty million.
The chap on the left is Disney President and CEO Robert Iger.
Needless to say, a lot of people have been commenting about the sale of LucasFilm to Disney. My favorite comment has been the words of John Scalzi, science fiction writer extraordinaire:
Bluntly: Best thing that could happen, especially if you’re a Star Wars fan. George Lucas is the most influential filmmaker of the last half century and we all owe him a debt in terms of how he’s advanced the technical aspects of cinema. But the dude can’t write or direct his way out of a paper bag. Equally bluntly: The best parts of the Star Wars extended universe are the parts where he’s not writing or directing. Thirdly and most bluntly: George Lucas hates all nerds now, because they poop all over him and his can’t-write, can’t-direct ways, and now wouldn’t go back to the Star Wars universe if you paid him.
I couldn’t agree more.
I have to think the above photo will go down in history as one of the greatest photos ever taken. It will rank right up there with the photo of the Japanese surrendering on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri or the Los Angeles Kings hoisting Lord Stanley’s cup.
The pen in Lucas’ hand will surely end up in the Smithsonian.