Disney Acquires Lucasfilm: New Star Wars Flick in 2015!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away the Star Wars franchise was owned by George Lucas but no longer! In a surprise move that has geeks reeling in disbelief and excitement, Disney has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd for $4.05 billion dollars according to Deadline. 

But what does that truly mean? We’re not sure about the far the scope reaches but for now, a new Star Wars film is slated to release in 2015 with Lucas serving as creative consultant. Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producer and become president of Lucasfilm as part of the deal. In a statement announcing the deal, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger stated:

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas. This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

While there’s no news as to where in the Star Wars story this new film would jump off from, it’s thought that it may follow Star Wars: Episode 6 — Return Of The Jedi, the third film in the original trilogy that came out in 1983. What do you guys think of the news? Sound off in the comments!

Update at 5:15 pm EST: George Lucas has released a statement saying: ”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.”

Source: Deadline
Reporter: Sharlene Mousfar

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4 comments

  1. I would love to see them finally finish the last 3 movies.

    • Yeah I’m with you Jennna. I’m sure people won’t be happy about this but I really think this could me great things (if handled right) for the Star Wars Universe. Here’s a question for you..would you be happy with them finishing the remaining films with different actors in the roles of Han, Luke and Leia?

      • I would like to see if they could use the same actors, but seeing as how they’ve aged I can understand why they might use different actors. I see that George Lucas is still going to be a part of it, which is good, this way Disney won’t take off in their way of things.

  2. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher back in their 60’s/70’s for a follow up – perfect!

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