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Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island

The gamesTM Website has excerpts from an upcoming interview with Ron Gilbert where the former LucasArts designer discusses the idea of returning to the beloved Monkey Island franchise. He says he'd want to this on his own terms, but doesn't envision being able to pile up enough loot to tempt George Lucas into parting with the IP. He lightheartedly suggests a nine-figure Kickstarter might do the trick:

I dont know the backstory about how Al Lowe got the rights to do Leisure Suit Larry, or any of these other games. says Gilbert, but the problem with the Monkey Island stuff is that LucasFilm hoards intellectual property. And George does not need any more money, right? I think if I showed up at their doorstep with a briefcase full of ten million dollars, they would not sell me the license. I think it would have to be an obscenely absurd amount of money to pry that license away from them. So yeah, I dont think Kickstarter would ever he trails off before adding, I mean, maybe I should start a Kickstarter for a hundred million dollars, to buy the Monkey Island license. You never know!

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14. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 19:14 nin
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 17:42:
deqer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 16:31:
nin wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:47:
why are we jealous of deqer? Is it your ham handed english skills?

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13. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 17:42 SimplyMonk
 
deqer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 16:31:
nin wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:47:
why are we jealous of deqer? Is it your ham handed english skills?

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12. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 17:27 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 10:36:
I believe Tim Schafer has said the same thing in the past on twitter, in reference to Grim Fandango. LA will sometimes lease an IP out (Sam and Max, MI), but never sell it...

Slight correction: only Monkey Island was licensed by LucasArts. The rights to Sam & Max have always been owned by Steve Purcell, who had in turn given LucasArts a long-term exclusive license. That license expired in 2005, at which point Steve then licensed Sam & Max to Telltale.
 
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11. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 16:46 DangerDog
 
so there's a chance  
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10. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 16:31 deqer
 
nin wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:47:
why are we jealous of deqer? Is it your ham handed english skills?

Everything I say is filled with wisdom.
 
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9. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 15:47 nin
 
deqer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:41:
Trevellian wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:31:
I honestly think they're both just idiots.
That just means you're jealous. That's all.

Ok, I'll bite: why are we jealous of deqer? Is it your ham handed english skills?

 
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8. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 15:41 deqer
 
Trevellian wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:31:
I honestly think they're both just idiots.
That just means you're jealous. That's all.
 
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7. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 15:31 Trevellian
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 14:11:
Esoteric wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:36:
deqer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:27:
I mean, maybe I should start a Kickstarter for a hundred million dollars, to buy the Monkey Island license. You never know!

Interesting that you would think this IP is worth 100,000,000 ...

Yeah, go for it, start it on Kickstart for 100,000,000 just for all of us to laugh at you, and to waste Kickerstarter's time of course.

*wooosh*

Given the history, I think it's an intentional trolling.


I pretty much just ignore anything deqer or CJ_Parker have to say at this point. I don't think they're trolling, I honestly think they're both just idiots.
 
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6. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 14:18 nin
 

Deep Thoughts, with deqer...

 
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5. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 14:15 theyarecomingforyou
 
I'd rather see a sequel to Grim Fandango than Monkey Island, though it looks like getting Lucasarts to sell the IPs is going to be completely impractical.  
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4. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 14:11 Beamer
 
Esoteric wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:36:
deqer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:27:
I mean, maybe I should start a Kickstarter for a hundred million dollars, to buy the Monkey Island license. You never know!

Interesting that you would think this IP is worth 100,000,000 ...

Yeah, go for it, start it on Kickstart for 100,000,000 just for all of us to laugh at you, and to waste Kickerstarter's time of course.

*wooosh*

Given the history, I think it's an intentional trolling.
 
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3. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 13:36 Esoteric
 
deqer wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 13:27:
I mean, maybe I should start a Kickstarter for a hundred million dollars, to buy the Monkey Island license. You never know!

Interesting that you would think this IP is worth 100,000,000 ...

Yeah, go for it, start it on Kickstart for 100,000,000 just for all of us to laugh at you, and to waste Kickerstarter's time of course.

*wooosh*
 
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2. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 13:27 deqer
 
I mean, maybe I should start a Kickstarter for a hundred million dollars, to buy the Monkey Island license. You never know!

Interesting that you would think this IP is worth 100,000,000 ...

Yeah, go for it, start it on Kickstart for 100,000,000 just for all of us to laugh at you, and to waste Kickerstarter's time of course.
 
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1. Re: Ron Gilbert on Returning to Monkey Island Jul 26, 2012, 10:36 nin
 

I believe Tim Schafer has said the same thing in the past on twitter, in reference to Grim Fandango. LA will sometimes lease an IP out (Sam and Max, MI), but never sell it...

 
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