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.”
I feel a great disturbance in the force... as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror...
Very interesting. Just don't let Disney Jerry Bruckheimer it too much, no emphasis on 3D or any of that "found footage" crap and I have no problem with new direction in Star Wars film making. If you want to out-lens-flare J.J. Abrams then go right ahead.
Woh, woh, woh, woh, wait, wait, wait. What. The. ***? Please tell me this is a horrible horrible joke!
This is either going to be -really- good or -really- bad... I'm going to have to go with the latter.
Hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised!
Is it time for Gameinfarcer already?
Wait...this is legit?
For real? WHAT!?
the first 6 star wars is pretty good, and awesome. hope the next 3 star wars film will be good as the 6 films.
I think this may be a significant reason not to go to my classes today... "Professor I could not attend class last Tuesday because my inner child was violently ill."
I...I don't know what to think.
Disney has been responsible for its share of fiascos, but let's not forget:
- The first Pirates movie
- The mostly excellent Disney animated features in the last decade or so
- The Pixar/Disney connection, including the promotion of the great Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli canon
I think this could right the Star Wars ship in a way Lucas never could. My only real concern, as a fan of the Expanded Universe, is what happens to all the stories that have come before . . .
Oh GOD WHY? I just hope Disney doesn't mess up Star Wars.
Totally thought there was a joke after the jump. I... I don't know how to feel now. Episode 7? Never thought it would happen.
Lol, not sure if trolling or for real.
well... goodbye Starwars. you will be remembered fondly.
you guys are acting like babies. this is just to gain different audiences and revenue. i like pirates, and the avengers. they wont change a damn thing because they WANT YOUR MONEY!!!!
At first I thought this was a great travesity, BUT I realized Disney bought Marvel and did the Avengers movie which is freaking awesome soooo I will suspend my disbelief until they are released. Maybe they will do something awesome like the Thrawn Trilogy though how when everyone is old is besides me but hey I think if Disney does it "right" then it will be awesome. If they do it wrong well it will just be the last nail in the coffin to my favorite franchise. (To be fair Lucas has been hammering nails in that coffin since he start messing with the original cuts of the first trilogy and made that god awful prequel) HAN SHOT FIRST!!!!!!!!