Walt Disney just announced that it will buy Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 billion in cash and stock! This includes the Star Wars franchise, Indiana Jones franchise, ILM, LucasArts, and Skywalker sound.
Here's what George Lucas had to say:
The announcement also mentions that Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 are planned as well, every 2-3 years.
Update: George Lucas on the future of Star Wars:
As long as we never get a Michael Bay directed Start Wars I'm happy :P
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Wow, thought I was sufficiently shocked, but then we get an Episode 7 announcement to finish?!? Brain is scrambling to make sense of this.... Not sure how to react...
I agree that it would be great to have quality blu-ray releases of the ORIGINAL versions of the movies. Unfortunately George Lucas is an example of the director who should not be allowed to revise his own work. There have been a few instances where this has worked out well, but many more instances where the revised vision is worse than the original. What annoys me most about Lucas is that he offers the revision in place of the original, rather than alongside the original.
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Instead now we'll get John Carter Episode 7!
i will never forgive lucas for messing with memories of my yute...
He had a prime??
Meeza not so exciteds
It's also making a seventh movie in the Star Wars series called Episode 7, set for release in 2015, with plans to follow it with Episodes 8 and 9 and then one new movie every two or three years.
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Lucas briefly discusses the new possibilities in the transition.
Curious indeed, hopefully it produces positive results but anyone who thought the franchise was blue milked and bilked before just you wait. Disney is notorious for exploiting every last morsel of good will out of the customers/fans.
As Lucas passes on the reins of his Empire to new stewards he relinquishes the independence of his company that he vehemently fought for, in a bygone era. I wonder if he appreciates the irony.
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