Disney paid George Lucas $4 billion dollars for the Star Wars universe and fanboys across the galaxy cried out in triumph.
After watching the prequel films and their respective DVD commentaries/documentaries, I have a theory as to why the Star Wars prequels sucked so bad. They were written, directed, produced and financed by George Lucas himself. He had an army of yes men, all of them devoted to bringing his vision to life, and there was no one there to tell him "No."
With the prequels, Lucas was allowed to write his own ticket, and boy did he.
What he needed was someone with veto authority. "Sorry, George, but we can't greenlight a script with Jar Jar Binks in it. Can we get fewer Gungans and more Jedis? This Darth Maul character...is there anyway we can make him not die? And Annakin Skywalker, the child years? Nobody wants to see that, especially in a movie about some boring trade dispute. You know what people want to see? The origins of Darth Vader. Where's that script?"
Seriously.....it's still somewhat shocking to me how seriously bungled the Star Wars prequels were. George's yes men and were too busy running around figuring out how to bring Jar Jar Binks to life without asking themselves whether they should.
I have seen the unvarnished full extent of George Lucas's artistic vision and I wish, not for the first time, that someone had compromised it. I think Disney is just the company to do it.