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Disney Buys LucasFilm – New Star Wars Movie In 2015

New Star Wars Movie (Episode 7) 2015
It was inevitable that Star Wars would live on after its creator George Lucas, director of the original film and prequel trilogy, but it’s surprising that we’re seeing something this drastic develop right now. Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and plans to release a new Star Wars film (Episode VII) in 2015, with a considerably reduced involvement from Lucas himself, and intends to continue the franchise with a new movie every two or three years after that!

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “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.”

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. 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.

Responses to this will no doubt be mixed. While The Avengers is evidence of Disney’s great success with Marvel, movies like Tron: Legacy and John Carter didn’t perform as expected to. Most blame John Carter‘s failure on poor marketing however, which is unlikely to impede a Star Wars production. There’s also the fact that the most recent three Star Wars movies are considerably less beloved than the original films, and many fans will no doubt fear the series being extended. Where do you stand – optimistic? Wary? Neither?

New Star Wars Movie (Episode 7) 2015
George Lucas signs away his Star Wars empire to Disney

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Oh geez, talk about mixed feelings. Unlike most, I enjoyed the majority of Episode 2 and 3, and I want to see more Star Wars films made by fresh talent. The video games have shown that LucasCorp is only stocked with talentless writers so I guess having Disney get involved might somehow help that.

    Still there’s something very sad about seeing him sign that piece of paper. Hard not to view it as the final sell-out.

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  • ad4m22 said

    Like many, I had two polar reactions to this news, the first one being ‘at least he can’t f**k it up any more’ and the second being ‘OH CHRIST NOT MORE STAR WARS FILMS.’

    But after thinking on it all day, I’m genuinely pleased for George. Fans have been bitching at him for over ten years now about everything he’s done, every decision he’s made, as if they somehow own a part of his empire. It’s the fans that have stopped him being able to do anything else with his life, his talents, his fortune. Now he’s handed it over to people who will, I am confident, bury it so deep in crap that it becomes unrecognisable.

    I give it seven years and two more films before people are begging him to come back.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      I’m not convinced fans stopped him doing anything else with his talents, he produced the films he wanted to make instead of directing them (from Indiana Jones to Howard The Duck), and I think watching that video above it sounds like he doesn’t massively enjoy the grind of directing.

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