Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Will Make Star Wars Freaking 7

Disney just entered into an agreement to purchase Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. The plan is to make Star Wars Episode 7, which is currently slated for release in 2015. And that’s just the beginning. Some fanboys might groan, but if you love Star Wars, this is exciting!

According to the deal, Disney is acquiring the whole Lucasfilm shebang from George Lucas, who still owns 100-percent of the company. In addition to massive properties like Star Wars, Disney will also get Lucasfilm’s hugely profitable film technology and marketing companies including Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm. She’ll report directly to Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn. Kennedy, who was apparently “hand-picked” by Lucas, will executive produce the new Star Wars films. George Lucas will remain a “creative consultant” on the projects.

Yes, we said films. Many films. This deal is all about Star Wars and the unstoppable juggernaut that it is. Disney’s plans extend far beyond Episode 7. From Disney CEO and Chairman Robert A. Iger’s prepared remarks to investors on a call today:

In 2015, we’re planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the first feature film under the “Disney-Lucasfilm” brand. 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.
In other words, as with the acquisition of Pixar in 2006 and Marvel in 2009 before, Disney wants to leverage the brand for its cultural capital, and cash in on Star Wars. It’s already a massive multi-film franchise with lunch boxes, neckties, and toys. But it could be so much more.

And that’s where this deal starts to get pretty exciting. A lot of hardcore Star Wars fans are going to see all the negatives right away. This is very lame, they’ll say, because, you know, Disney. Disney is colossally uncool. But consider how well Toy Story 3 and the Avengers turned out. They were freaking awesome. Disney’s track record in recent years has been impeccable.

Now, think about what George Lucas has done in recent years to our beloved Star Wars franchise. It’s been nothing but stagnant rehashing. We don’t need a new Blu-ray of The Return of the Jedi. We need something huge and impressive. Lucas just wasn’t capable of it any more, but maybe Disney is. At least here, we’ve got a chance for a Star Wars movie wrenched free of George Lucas’ hubris.

Lucas’ words from the release ooze the resignation of a man who knows he did his best work long ago:

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.
Plus, Iger hints at a Star Wars theme park material? Can we suggest a TIE fighter roller coaster, please? Now we’re talking. [Disney]
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  • johnecash
  • October 31, 2012, 10:56 am
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    Most recent Disney movies haven't exactly been geared towards a younger generation. I seriously doubt that Star Wars is going to turn into something much worse than Episodes II and III.

    • Disco
    • October 31, 2012, 2:59 pm
    We can only hope that the new director will have learned from George's last three mistakes . . . and at some point we get to see Jar Jar killed.
    - johnecash October 31, 2012, 3:03 pm
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    I'm scared, Just remember Stan Lee has been a creative consultant on ever marvel comic movie he was involved in, remember how craptacular Xmen was? What in the heck are they going to do with 7?? Thrawn trilogy? Lukes apprenticeship to Palpatines clone? I mean the book series is SO far head with hundreds of different paths to take but Disney says...nah were good for 3 years from now?
    I'm scared Happy Holloween thanks George I am officially terrified.

    If its not the Thrawn trilogy, I am done with Star Wars. Those books are the one and only story after return of the jedi.
    - johnecash October 31, 2012, 3:21 pm
    X-men 1, 2, and First Class were great.
    - Ertrov November 1, 2012, 1:51 am
    I agree the movies were fine. The only bad marvel movie i have seen is ghost rider . . .
    - johnecash November 1, 2012, 11:23 am
    i personally love the X-WIng series and Corran Horn remains one of my favorite character's in the entire universe
    - Tremp20k November 1, 2012, 1:12 pm
    Less we forget what they did with Crystal Skull and Indy...
    - willybSD November 1, 2012, 4:44 pm
    Oh god those sucked.
    - Ertrov November 1, 2012, 9:05 pm
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    Amen brother!

    So that leads me to the next question, the original cast are too old so will they have a character reboot?
    - johnecash October 31, 2012, 3:26 pm
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    Tis a sad day

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    for fucks sake disney...

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    Well if you ask me, I think this franchise needed a reboot, I know we all hate disney, but they have made some good movies in the past, I'm sure they will listen to the fans on what they want done, maybe the next film could have the jedi academy in it which would be awesome.

    There is the problem, the official cannon has been written.
    - johnecash October 31, 2012, 11:30 pm
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    so if Disney bought all of lucasarts did they also get their game studio side cuz they need some serious change in management

    Yes Sir, they bought it allllll. Games, movies, cartoons, comics, its all under the roof of the Magic Kingdom now.
    - johnecash November 8, 2012, 10:52 am
    i can see that being good for the game studio they have had some bad decisions lately
    - Tremp20k November 9, 2012, 12:52 pm
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    i will kill people when i see the disney intro at the start of a SW movie

    • suckots
    • November 1, 2012, 1:16 pm
    Watch out for tinkerbell to be an easter egg . . .
    - johnecash November 1, 2012, 2:40 pm
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    Did anyone see Lucas with the Disney characteres dressed like the original SW cast? fucking Sad I would have mercy killed him, and people would of accepted it. What they should have done was had Skywalker Mikey and Vader Pluto Effiel Towering him.

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    who even says freaking anymore...like are you freaking serious?

    • Bike
    • November 8, 2012, 5:54 pm
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    Stop crying. All Star Wars movies were great. Had their weak points but all of them had them. Not only episodes 1 - 3...

    I'm excited to see more of Luke, Han, Lea and Chewbacca.
    All u haters go away and simply don't watch no 7.
    But that won't happen. Cause all those nerds who hate on Lucas, Disney and Star Wars in general will be the first ones to camp outside some cinema to be the first ones to watch the new movie.

    • Curuba
    • November 10, 2012, 9:02 am
    I would say that 4-6 were perfect, 1-3, not so much. Then again I was around to see the originals in theater.
    - johnecash November 10, 2012, 9:27 am
    They were great. Some of the best movies I have ever seen. But still 1-3 were awesome... Not as good as the original trilogy but still... I loved to see Obi wan and Yoda as "young" guys and I loved to see how Anakin turned into Darth Vader. Also the light saber fights were just awesome compared to the boring ones in 4-6... And the podracers were really cool... There were so many great things.
    Jarjar Bings wasn't one of those things.... he was annyoing. But then again he was also funny. A little like Eddie Murphy or Adam Sandler.
    - Curuba November 10, 2012, 11:36 am
    There was nothing funny about jar jar in my oppinion. Then again I am an old fart. I can say sander and Murphy comparison is... Well lets just say hell no.
    - johnecash November 10, 2012, 12:58 pm
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