The lights are on
Disney announced it acquired Lucasfilm in a stock and cash transaction worth $4.05 billion. As part of the announcement, Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015.
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” Lucasfilm CEO George Lucas said in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.
"I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.
"Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Disneys, says fans can expect to see more Star Wars movies more often. " In 2015, we're planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the
first feature film under the 'Disney-Lucasfilm' brand," he said.
"That will be
followed by Episodes 8 and 9 – and our long term plan is to release a
new Star Wars feature film every two to three years."
The deal has no immediate affect on any of the video game projects currently in development at Lucasfilm. "For the time being all projects are business as usual," a spokesperson told Game Informer. "We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings."
During today's investor call to discuss the deal, Iger said Disney will likely focus on mobile and social games rather than console. "We’ll look opportunistically at console, most likely at licensing rather than publishing. But we think given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, they lend themselves quite nicely to the other platforms.”
Turn around, Sandy! Take Disney out!!
Coming from the words of my fellow employee at work. "I Think I'm going to be Sick" I'm in a stun moment right now. Sort of pissed off
Maybe we'll get the unadulterated original trilogy? Hopefully?
Great, just what we need... Star Wars the musical. if Jar Jar Wasn't bad enough, not were going to have a singing luke skywalker, and a mara jade love relationship where han somehow cna't decide between mara or Leia, and then Luke will get married to some under aged looser but realize he has to kill han or do a music battle to win Mara Jade's heart. my childhood is ruined.
This was the last thing I was expecting to hear today.
Disney owns your soul.
It's as if millions of voices cried out and were suddenly silenced...
This is the worst thing i've seen in my lifetime.......Lucas has finally ruined his name completely
for all those that are worried that Disney will mess this up need I remind you....The Avengers.
Seriously, guys? Magnify mole hills much? Let's leave it with George Lucas, he did such a great job with those prequels. Look at the horrible things Disney did with the Marvel franchise. Major blockbuster motion pictures! Oh, the horror! Can you believe they turned the Avengers into a musical?!...wait, that never happened. Instead of saying the world is ending, let's give them some time and see what develops.