Why didn't anybody try to outbid Disney for Lucasfilm?

There's a book excerpt that makes it clear that there was a chance for somebody else to show up with a competing offer for the company.

Given that Disney had just seen The Avengers become a cultural phenomenon and had loads of follow-ups in the works, why the fuck did the rest of Hollywood just sit there and let them have the literal Death Star? You can, at least, take News Corporation (getting ready to split in two), Comcast (needed to buy NBCUniversal outright), and Sony (doesn't splurge) out of consideration...though News Corp. may have made an exception, for obvious reasons.

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  • You seem to care a lot about corporate buying and I can never figure out why.
  • The moonlight is the message of love.
    It would have required a heck of a lot of money...
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat

    It would have required a heck of a lot of money...

    Okay but I'm supposed to believe outbidding Disney's $4.05 billion is too rich for Corporate America?
    TitleName said:

    You seem to care a lot about corporate buying and I can never figure out why.

    why not?
  • edited 2018-07-20 01:13:29
    Because I personally find corporate talks/money talks boring so I'm not exactly in a position to see why the fascination. I always separate corporate culture from creative culture.

    Not meaning to be an insult though.
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    Sales and deals are so fascinating

    They're big and flashy and involve important things a lot of the time
  • edited 2018-07-20 01:16:28
    I'm not seeing it personally. But different strokes.
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    Also, it's thoroughly incomprehensible to me that the studios are obsessed with franchises and tentpoles, and yet, after seeing how richly Disney was rewarded for gambling on Marvel, and the prospect of adding Star Wars to their IP portfolio comes up? Nobody makes a play for the franchise?
  • Mouse's pockets are deeeeep.
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    The other media conglomerates' pockets aren't?
  • edited 2018-07-20 01:23:02
    Deeper than the blackest abyss. *Mickey Laugh*

    Also media conglomerates aren't very smart.
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    you're telling me
  • Btw, HH will be bought by Disney in 5 months. Why? Because Mickey was bored
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    Is Lee selling to them?
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    Also, fwiw, Mickey's just an employee

    Deep down inside he hates getting all the heat for his bosses' actions
  • He's the face so he gets the complaints whether he deserves it or not.

    HH is selling for $12 and a ham sandwich. A delicious sandwich mind you.
  • IN THIS WORLD IT'S MILK OR BE MILKED
    If HH is sold to Disney I will quit immediately
  • Future rules entail:
    1. No backtalking about Disney's projects or rules.
    2. No talking about Disney's competitors.
    3. Mandatory 3-hour watching of Disney content.
    4. No Pay raises ever.

    :V
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    Well, time for me to bail and start a rival forum, TrashWorks
  • edited 2018-07-20 16:29:58

    break open the disney vault

    smash its to pieces

    millions of pieces
  • I've learned to tolerate drama...except on the boat
    agreed
  • Silly Glenn. You are powerless before the vault and Disney.

    It will automatically regenerate. :u
  • IN THIS WORLD IT'S MILK OR BE MILKED
    not if we use the Infinity +1 Sword
  • Sorry it requires the Infinity +500 sword. And that's hidden deep in the center of the earth
  • IN THIS WORLD IT'S MILK OR BE MILKED
    we'll find it
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