Dear Disney: Now you own the original 'Star Wars', please restore its full glory

Tech 14-12-2017 Mashable 48

The history of Star Wars and the history of 20th Century Fox, the movie studio that Rupert Murdoch just sold to Disney as one part of a massive $52 billion deal, are intimately intertwined. 

20th Century Fox executive Alan Ladd Jr., known to one and all as Laddie, is the main reason the original Star Wars exists. In the mid 1970s, when gritty pessimistic movies reigned at the box office, Laddie was the only Hollywood executive who understood George Lucas' vision of a blockbuster space fantasy for kids of all ages. He fought the Fox board tooth and nail to make sure it was made.

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