Stars Wars, movie franchise, Story, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Lord of the Rings, best movie series, Batman, Creativity, The Hobbit in three movies, Life,

May the Franchise Be With You

This week’s news of Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and a seventh Star Wars movie has warranted a mixed public reaction. But the questions involved are even bigger than the box office: What happens when our favorite stories become franchised? And what does this culture of safe creativity really say about us?