Disney buys Star Wars license

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Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) escape from the Death Star in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.”

From the “really big news of 2012” department, Walt Disney Company – not content with “Marvel’s The Avengers” becoming the third highest grossing movie of all time – announced in a release today that it is purchasing Lucasfilm in a deal estimated at $4 billion.

Even bigger is the announcement that this deal also includes “Star Wars: Episode VII” set for release in 2015 and more movies in the future.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Star Wars creator and Lucasfilm CEO George Lucas in a statement according to EW.com. “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.”

That’s easily the week’s biggest news for me. It’ll be very interesting to see how this develops.

  • Anonymous

    Episode VII???? When did this happen?
    And without GL?
    Can it mean we will be about to see some GOOD Star Wars for a change?

  • Barry Murray

    Oops. Wasn’t logged in, lol.

  • See, I really enjoyed “Attack of the Clones” and LOVED “Revenge of the Sith.” “Phantom Menace” was ok, but it could be interesting to see what someone else will do with it.

  • Pierre Mooney

    I think this only. I always say that when I walked out the theater in 1977 after watching STAR WARS Episode Three, the first one shown, I was on cloud nine. I was thinking back to the early 1950s when my friends and would go to the STRAND On what was then Dean Avenue. We would go a on Saturday mornings to watch the Serials or what we called “Chapter Picture”. “Buck Rogers, Rin Tin, Doctor X” and all movies that so fascinated me came back to me. That STAR WARS movie had taken me back to that time. It had brought back all the wonder imagination thatone has as a kid. It was was return an old theme with a new brand new twist. So I agree let’s see what a new generation can do with this great movie tradition. I just hope I am around to see a few of them.