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Do you like Star Wars? are you a megafan who feels strongly about a particular movie or character? or are you just into the starfighters and lightsabers?. Whatever category you fall into, you'll find something here.
Here are new and updated details on this deal from the official Disney investors’ conference call this afternoon:
Deal signed and announced earlier today – includes Star Wars franchise and all Lucasfilm operating businesses. Indiana Jones franchise rights ARE also included in this deal. Disney loves the Indiana Jones franchise, but it wasn't included in the studio’s Lucasfilm valuation due to its “encumbrances” (meaning existing financial/legal involvement of Paramount). First project under Disney/Lucas partnership will be Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015, followed by Episode 8 and Episode 9. Disney purchased “extensive and detailed” treatment for Episodes 7-9 as part of this deal which they “feel very good about.” Disney long term plan is to release a new live-action Star Wars film every 2-3 years – films may eventually explore entire 20,000 year time-span of the franchise. It’s Lucas’ plan to stay retired, but he will serve as creative consultant on new Star Wars films. Kathleen Kennedy will executive produce. Both are now sitting down with writers to discuss stories. Fox retains certain distribution rights to the existing Star Wars films but not the new franchise films going forward. Kennedy will serve as Lucasfilm president, reporting to Bob Iger at Disney. Disney plans to expand Star Wars brand into many new product categories and internationally. Star Wars brand will also be expanded into Disney parks, games and TV businesses. Iger feels Disney XD would be a good TV home for the franchise going forward. Star Wars interactive strategy: Disney will focus more on social and mobile platforms, opportunistically on consoles. Deal was 50% cash and 50% stock – $4.05 billion Disney believes Lucasfilm value is comparable to value of Marvel, but valuation is only based on Star Wars alone – value of other Lucasfilm intellectual properties are in addition to this. Disney plans to let ILM continue operating as it currently does.
Oh, and maybe a hint about the future of 1313: (from IGN)
With today's announcement that Disney is purchasing Lucas Film for $4 billion dollars, many fans of the Star Wars video games were left wondering what this would mean for LucasArts' internal development studios currently working on Star Wars 1313, and quite possibly the rumored Star Wars: Frontline Assault. We reached out to LucasArts and received the following statement:
"For the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings."
Wow. One of my predictions already came true.
Vittoria per gli Assassini!
Mark Hamill's reaction to the news: (from ScreenRant)
“Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else. He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them… Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about… So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs]“
“I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about…”
Lucas has said he will donate the majority of the four billon (!) to charity. Those include the Film Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Make-A-Wish, and Edutopia (which he is the chairman for).
Lucas on the matter: (also from ScreenRant)
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company [Lucasfilm]. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”
Like I said, as long as Disney stays out of the way, it'll be ok.
As for The Clone Wars, I don't care either way on where it goes. In fact, I'm not totally happy with the way Cartoon Network is treating the series. They've basically turned an epic, awesome show that aired on Primetime on Friday nights and turned it into a Saturday morning kids' show. Maybe Disney XD can do better...which makes me wonder when the switch will happen? Will they wait until the end of the season on CN, or will they do it pretty quick? I'll have to keep an eye on that.
It's either gonna be really good or horrible (An average movie [Which means horrible in my opinion] but really bad for a Star Wars movie.)
But Disney's handed overseen some good stuff, games-wise. Maybe they've got some smart people there.
This is me being really optimistic though.
Sa kyr'am Nau tracyn kad, Vode an.
Optimism is a good thing! The move too Saturday mornings really confused me. It's not that much of a kids show....
You know, I think kids need more complicated stuff anyways.
If you want good simple stuff have 'em watch Winnie the Pooh. There are plenty of classics like that.
Make more complicated stuff for them otherwise.
Thing is is that Clone Wars isn't really a "kids" show. But it's not "adult" either. It's somewhere in between.
The point I'm making is that when I think of Saturday morning shows on networks like Cartoon Network, I think "kids" show and it's really not.
Harrison Ford may be in Episode 7! (From Screenrant)
Now, we’ve got another interesting piece of news to share. According to an exclusive report from Geoff Boucher (who has happily landed on his feet at Entertainment Weekly after leaving his gig at the L.A. Times), none other than Han Solo himself has allegedly expressed interest in returning to a galaxy far, far away.
The report quotes sources close to Harrison Ford who say that the iconic actor is “open to the idea of doing the movie” and, moreover, is “upbeat about it.” Obviously, being “open” to doing the movie is a long stretch from actually doing it, and it’s not like the 70-year-old actor is getting any younger. However, if he’s genuinely interested in returning to one of his most famous roles, it can only be a good thing for Star Wars fans.
After all, this is the same actor who told ABC News back in 2010 that he didn’t actually like playing the character of Han Solo that much and was actually hoping that Lucas would kill him off in Return of the Jedi, quipping that he didn’t because “George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”
Presumably, if Ford returned to the big screen for a Star Wars sequel, it would be alongside his two costars, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). In a recent interview, Hamill discussed plans for the sequels to focus on entirely new stories to satisfy fans’ desires for “more and more and more material.”
Nevertheless, it’s entirely possible that Lucas and company could throw in the original trio in expanded cameo roles, much in the same way that Leonard Nimoy played an important role in the new Star Trek film.
Whatever path they decide to take, it’s certainly an exciting development to learn that Ford is interested in returning to one of the film’s that catapulted him to worldwide fame. I was one of the few people that actually enjoyed Ford in Indiana Jones 4, so I would be more than happy to see him strap on the blaster one more time as Han Solo.
All of this news has me super giddy yet cautiously optimistic. So long as Disney doesn't change the feel of the universe from the original films then I think we've got a winner!
@Well lets hope so. Not many people are as optimistic as you.
But optimism is just about all we have at this point J! Heck, optimism has held sw fans together for a long time...
Hey guys I heard on the radio that Carrie said that she would do the next film. Anyone able to confirm or know more about it?