Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Plans Star Wars Episode 7: Use The Force, Mickey

Yes, you read that right. Disney is paying $US4 billion to buy Lucasfilm. Star Wars has a new home in the Magic Kingdom, and there will be a slew of new Star Wars films. Jar-Jar aside, we're going to view that as good news, since it means that George Lucas is no longer going to control every single detail.

Here's George's quote from the release announcement:

For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. 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.

The first of those "new trails" will be a series of films, including the much-predicted films that go beyond Return Of The Jedi

[Kathleen] Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

Indeed, we can expect a new Star Wars flick every couple of years for the foreseeable future, as the press announcement makes clear:

The last Star Wars movie release was 2005's Revenge of the Sith – and we believe there's substantial pent up demand. 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.

Lucas announced back in May that he intended to retire. Nice way to score an extra pay packet, George. (Lucasfilm is privately held, so he essentially gets the lot.)

[Disney]

Main photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Comments

    Star Wars 7? Really? Gotta be a hoax...

    It will be highly therapeutic for Star Wars fans to have some new movies to disparage ;-)

      First task......redo episodes 1,2 & 3.... then and only then worry about 7, 8 & 9!

    Not all doom and gloom...When Disney acquired Marvel, they let them continue to run it just gave them the funding they needed to make a little series of films about the Avengers and that turned out OK :)

    Has Disney even made a non animated film since lassie returns?

      Yep - Pirates of the Carribean Trilogy, The Avengers, Tron, Iron Man 3, new Thor and Captain America movies... amongst others that have been quite successful too

      I heard there was some pirate movie with Johnny Depp...

      Tron Legacy, Pirates of the carribean, Beverley Hills Chuahuahua 2

      I have Remember the Titans, National Treasure, Around the World in 80 Days and The Chronicles of Narnia to add to that list, so yeah a crap load.

    More jar jar binks? Can't imagine they'll be less kiddy than the recent three.

    Oh noes!! Can't let people mess with Star Wars! It'll be rooooned!! ... again ...

    Franchise is already damaged pretty badly - what can go wrong? (The Red Dwarf attitude)

    I'm all for it, especially because Lucas is stepping back.

    Interesting... certainly can't do any worse than that last 3 soppy peices of garbage... JarJar needed to be the comic releif that died inthe first 5 mintues...

    Finally "Midichlorians" will be explained as Pixie dust!

    This is great news, Disney make quality programs, under their label episodes 1, 2 and 3 would never have been released.

    I am wishing for a reboot of the prequels.

    Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be rubbing their hands together with anticipation...

      like... their own hands, or each other's?

        You'll find out in the R rated directors cut.

    I KNEW the little mermaid was a Jedi.. now it's all starting to make sense..

    Christopher Nolan or Peter Jackson please as director. Imagine what Nolan could do with Dark Vader!
    Let's hope they do a good job of making us forget episodes 1-3.

      And hopefully make us remember Darth Vader's name.

        I think Daffy's comment was a spin on Dark Knight. But good for you for correcting him.

    Goofy and JAR JAR can not coexist. This will make the Christmas party just really awkward.

    Woohoo!

    How the series survived under Lucas is beyond me. Goes to show how powerful the original was (saw it 14 times when it came out). Dearly hope a real film-maker can do the original some justice.
    The Star Wars series reminds me of the Police Academy series - unfortunately.

    Jar Jar Binks will be replaced by Goofy. New character will be Darth Donald as his anger, temperament and attitude surpasses even Anakin. Of course, I am just making them up.

    No JJ Abrams please.

      JJ would not be the worst, the only issue is he is friends with Lindelof so there is a better chance he might get involved. Keep Lindelof away from this.

    http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

    Dear Disney. Leave my childhood memories in peace. Episode 1-3 were bad enough.

    All so negative... Has anyone read the Admiral Thrawn trilogy that is set just after Return of the Jedi? If so, would you agree that if made they will blow anything that came before them out of the water?

      Agree completely. If the books and comics are supposed to be canon I'd love to see them made into films. They could even use the Yuuzhan Vong books as the basis of a new TV show when they wrap up The Clone Wars series.

        Hell yes and make it into a live action tv series rather than animated and I may just quit my day job and stay home watching star wars all day haha

        I hope they dont just fuck over the canon like the animated series has though, Mandalor being one huge example.

      I'll stick to the Old Republic thank you. Knights of the Old Republic era to be exact.

        as in the video game?

          Video games. There's 3 of them, 2 rpg's and the recent MMO. Plus a lot of comics as well.

            that's what you would like made into a movie? or you will just stick to comics and games, I don't really follow your posts.

      If Star Wars 7 8 and 9 were the Thrawn Trilogy, I'd be happy to buy my tickets right now.

        haha indeed I'll see you front row of Gold Class opening night.

    Mickey Vader would work only if you bring in Tarantino.

    It would rock to see the X-Wing series of books as an animated TV series a'la Tron Uprising style.

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