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Monkey Island And Maniac Mansion Creator Wants To Buy Both IPs From Disney

Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert has expressed interest in purchasing the two IPs from Disney. Via Twitter, the accomplished designer said he is willing to pay the entertainment giant to secure the rights to both properties. To support his stance, Gilbert mentions how Disney recently announced that it has no further plans to publish any more video games. Here’s what he had to say:

10 thoughts on “Monkey Island And Maniac Mansion Creator Wants To Buy Both IPs From Disney”

  1. I remember Maniac Mansion; don’t think that I ever finished it, though.

    Disney can be greedy and selfish, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up not selling the IP’s back or ask for too much money.

    1. He’s probably hoping people would publicly support him; that way, it would look bad for Disney to deny what he wants if he gets enough support.

  2. The NES version of Maniac Mansion is one of my all-time favorite titles! Lots of problem-solving. I imagine modern gamers getting about five minutes in before completely giving up, it offered little to no hand holding and was a gem of a release.

  3. Disney owns Maniac Mansion? Weird. I would have never guessed that. They sure never did anything with it. It would be SO awesome to see a new Maniac Mansion game one today’s modern consoles. That’s probably my favorite non side-scrolling NES game.

  4. Disney may be greedy and selfish, but they have a history of putting talented, passionate and knowledgeable people in charge of their divisions – John Lasseter at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, Kevin Feige at Marvel and Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm. I’d be happy to see Disney open an active LucasArts gaming division, if they’d make Ron Gilbert and/or Tim Schaffer the division head. But, yes, if they don’t see the profit in that, let the division go, Disney. Could they actually be thinking of doing something with it instead? Why else hang on?

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