Monkey Island Creator Laments Disney's Lucasfilm Acquisition

Paul Lilly

Some long time fans of Star Wars are afraid of what will become of their favorite franchise now that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion (to be fair, Disney's done a good job with Marvel assets, like The Avengers movie), but as an old school adventure gamer, I'm even more concerned with what fate awaits old friends like Guybrush Threepwood (The Secret of Monkey Island) and Bernard (Maniac Mansion). So is Ron Gilbert , the guy who created both games (along with Gary Winnick, who co-conceived Maniac Mansion).

While discussing his current project, The Cave , with our sister magazine PC Gamer, Gilbert also shared his thoughts on the acquisition and his own fears regarding the franchises he birthed.

"I would find it hard to believe that Disney would do anything with them, just because I think they just have a lot more important things that will make them a lot more money," Gilbert said . "Star Wars, for example, just to throw out one thing."

He described the situation as "kind of sad," adding that he wished he owned Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.

"The fact that Lucasfilm owned them, I guess I was kind of OK with that, right? Because I made them there," Gilbert explained. "But now that they’re owned by someone else–that kind of sits weird with me. It’s like, ‘Well, if someone else is going to own Monkey Island, it should be me that owns Monkey Island.’”

But it's not him that owns the rights, it's Disney, and Gilbert doesn't believe he could offer them enough money to "make it worth their while" to sell. He said if it was anyone else, he'd try to raise some funds and make an offer, but since it's Disney, he probably won't."

"But we'll see, you never know," Gilbert added, leaving the door open.

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