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How Star Wars Nearly Destroyed George Lucas

November 5, 2012

Last week George Lucas completed his $4.06 billion sale of Lucasfilm to the Walt Disney Company, effectively making the Star Wars franchise one more gear in the Disney corporate entertainment machine. To many, it seemed inconceivable: what would Star Wars be without George Lucas, the brain behind Luke Skywalker and light sabers and the Jedi Knights, the man whose operatic imagination launched a generation of fanboys? But the sale of Lucasfilm was a testament to the evolution that George Lucas and the company he founded have undergone over the past few decades, as a diehard fan culture sprung up around the franchise and pushed it in new directions. Lu

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