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George Lucas Talks About the Disney Acquisition of the 'Star Wars' Franchise: VIDEO

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As you may have heard, the Star Wars franchise was acquired by Disney:

Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.

The stock and cash transaction is worth an estimated $4.05 billion...

Watch Lucas discuss the deal, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, internet Meme-watchers envision a new Epcot Center:

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  1. Good, may he never have another hand in the creative aspect of franchise. He needs to take the money and get that fricking wattle fixed...physically, not digitally. The childhood dream-ruining jerk.

    Posted by: Simon | Oct 31, 2012 10:23:00 AM


  2. I agree with Simon. The best Star Wars film was Empire Strikes Back, by a wide margin, for which Lucas was more or less only a creative consultant. I credit him with the concept and starting ILM, but the property is better translated to film by others. And Indiana Jones, in my mind, can't be bastardized any more than it was with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    I don't think the leadership at Disney right now is capable of pulling together a strong creative team for a Star Wars movie. They really need someone like a Kevin Feige (who makes decisions on all of the Marvel side of things) to control the property--someone passionate about the stories who isn't beholden to Lucas or Disney executives.

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 31, 2012 10:44:18 AM


  3. I also wonder if Pixar or Disney's regular animation arm might be getting into Marvel and Star Wars movies at some point.

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 31, 2012 10:44:54 AM


  4. They already have someone in control of the property. Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg's longtime producer, was recently appointed to head LucasFilm. She now reports to the head of Disney, and presumably they will give her free reign to manage Lucas in the same way they've allowed Pixar and Marvel to run autonomously.

    Selling LucasFilm to Disney was the best thing that could ever happen to Star Wars.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 31, 2012 10:54:10 AM


  5. Simon, wtf is wrong with you? Spewing hate is not healthy.

    Posted by: busytimmy | Oct 31, 2012 11:00:40 AM


  6. Well, this could be a good thing. Disney does do fantasy and make-believe about as well as anybody.

    Posted by: MikeInQueens | Oct 31, 2012 11:13:11 AM


  7. Star Wars is very Disney-esque so I can see this as a natural transition--and Disney has acquired a somewhat more adult feeling to it. I don't think there will be singing Akk Dogs or Banthas in tutus dancing ballet with Canyon Krayt dragons

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Oct 31, 2012 11:24:20 AM


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