First Hurricanes… Now Lucasfilm Ltd. Has Been Brought By Disney…

Disney to make new ‘Star Wars’ movies, buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion from George Lucas – Washington Post:

LOS ANGELES — A decade after George Lucas said “Star Wars” was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy is destined for theaters as The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.

The seventh movie, with a working title of “Episode 7,” is set for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 will follow. The new trilogy will carry the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia beyond “Return of the Jedi,” the third film released and the sixth in the saga. After that, Disney plans a new “Star Wars” movie every two or three years. Lucas will serve as creative consultant in the new movies.

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discuss the future of Star Wars movies:

Newly merged Disney/Lucasfilm plans new Star Wars films every two to three years – I09.


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  • michaeld

    Actually sounds like a good pairing. What better company to continue running Lucasfilm into the ground?

  • Aliasalpha

    If they fuck up the clone wars cartoon I may well kill someone

    Of course having the new movies involve established characters means established characters being recast meaning they’ll almost inevitably pick fucking awful dickheads. It’ll be the star trek reboot all over again.

  • Rodney Nelson

    Every so often Lucas can retcon the films to make them even worse.

    And remember, Han shot first!

  • jakc

    they certainly won’t make worse Star Wars movies than the last three George Lucas made. as for me, I always thought that it would be better to make sequels than prequels, but if Lucas had started with “Phantom Menace”, I’m not sure he ever been given a chance to make “Star Wars” or “Empire”. Let’s just hope that someone at Disney doesn’t say “hey! I’ve got a new way to blow up the Death Star!”

  • wholething

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

  • mandrellian

    This isn’t such a shock and might not even be a bad thing – since Lucas can’t actually write or direct a decent, coherent or original film to save himself, Disney’s experience in fantasy, adventure and animation (esp. of late with Pixar, of whose entire library you could pick any one film that I’d rather see over a new SW film) might actually refresh the franchise and win back some older viewers. Star Wars’ worst enemy has always been Lucas’ intractable obstinacy and lack of self-awareness and, who knows – being back in this galaxy just might give him the perspectve required to evaluate his generally grievous errors (or at least learn how the pros make a decent film).

  • Menyambal — Sambal’s Little Helper

    Well, they can’t mess it up any worse than George Lucas has.

    Not that I’ll watch to find out.

    (The first movie was the first movie my dad and I ever saw together. I’ve watched it around ten more times, eagerly anticipated the next two, and enjoyed most parts of them (not the frakkingg Ewoks). The last one of the prequels, whatever the hell it was called, I watched at home, started multi-tasking, then shut it the hell off.)

  • Rutee Katreya

    What can they do to star wars that Lucas hasn’t already? It’s not like Jar-Jar sells.

  • michaelbrew

    I have this feeling that they’re just going to totally destroy the EU.

  • katkinkate

    It might not be that bad. Lucas was inspired for the first movie and the next 2 weren’t too bad, but then he lost interest. The next 3 he did were not inspired. Lucas can be a great story teller when he’s inspired, but sucks when he’s not, so it will be interesting to see what another storyteller will do with the Star Wars universe. Most of the books written, set post Return of the Jedi, were good. Maybe Disney will use those storylines as a basis for the next movies.

  • Ysanne

    *subtly waves hand*
    These are not the movies you’re looking to mess up even more… Move along…

  • michaeld

    Course we all realize that its now super easy for a muppet/mickey/spiderman/star wars christmas special (or other cross over).

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Star Wars Christmas Special. That’s all I have to say…

      • katkinkate

        There was a Star Wars Christmas special done, years/decades ago. It was mostly pretty boring, but I remember one skit about a wookie mum watching a cooking show and trying to follow the directions of the instructor on a holographic video in her own kitchen. It was quite funny as she had the wookie temper and she was having enough trouble keeping up until the instructor pulled out 2 more arms and sped up the action … hilarious. But the rest of the show was boring. Oh, and they called it Life Day, or something, not Christmas. But that just made it more … twee