Local Star Wars fans have new hope for series

9:21 am | November 1, 2012

The force is strong with Mickey Mouse.

Photo by Danny Davis
Philip Arnett dressed as a Star Wars storm trooper for this Halloween’s trickor- treat event in downtown Elizabethton.


News that Walt Disney Co. would buy Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion from George Lucas has drawn a mixed response from Star Wars fans. The deal includes Lucasfilm’s prized high-tech production companies, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, as well as rights to the “Indiana Jones” franchise.

Local Star Wars fans were among those with split feelings after hearing the news.

Robert Pilk, owner of Mountain Empire Comics in Bristol, said the purchase had been a topic of conversation in his shop Wednesday.

“There have definitely been mixed feelings about it,” Pilk said. “They are glad because it will mean more Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, but without George Lucas you don’t know what those movies will be. It is a wait-and-see situation. It could be a good thing.”

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