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Disney Purchases LucasFilm, Confirms Star Wars: Episode VII

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Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series. The Walt Disney Co. announced the agreement to make the purchase in cash and stock Tuesday. Disney added that "Star Wars Episode 7" is scheduled for release in 2015.
The deal brings Lucasfilm under the Disney banner with other brands including Pixar, Marvel, ESPN and ABC.
Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become its president and report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Lucas will be creative consultant on new "Star Wars" films.
Lucas said in a statement, "It's now time for me to pass `Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers."


http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/10/30/disney-buying-tar-wars-maker-lucasfilm-for-405b/

From what I'm hearing, half of it is cash, half is in shares, and, as the article says, Star Wars: Episode VII is confirmed for a 2015 release.
 
it's not april fools come early is it? I dunno how I feel about this. I have a soft spot for the prequels, but this could render even better films if they get some good writers/directors attached.
 
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ILM too? that's crazy. Now Disney is surely an Empire now.
 
Hey, this could also mean we might finally get an original version release!
 
well hopefully this means lucas will stop butchering everything
 
he's still a creative consultant to the new movies.

I'm gonna take "Creative Consultant" as "The guy who says, 'Yeah, this can be in Star Wars.'"

And after the Prequel Trilogy, I'm pretty sure that's wide open anyway.
 
I'm gonna take "Creative Consultant" as "The guy who says, 'Yeah, this can be in Star Wars.'"

And after the Prequel Trilogy, I'm pretty sure that's wide open anyway.
haha that's what im hoping, i really hope he doesn't have any control on who to pick for writers and directors.
 
I seriously doubt there will be an "episode 7",but at least more films will be made from that universe.
 
This is huge news. Maybe a trilogy of luke bringing the jedis as an organization back?
 
Wow. Crazy news. Great news though. Wonder what they will do with Indiana jones
 
It is fox news and I dislike me some Fox news.

This been verified by anyone else? I would take the Onion over Fox.
 
Huge. Disney's empire adds another piece. New Star Wars in 2015 :jedi Hope we get different creative talent though.
 

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