Disney Acquires Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode VII in 2015

Details soon, full story here.

Highlights:

  • Star Wars Episode VII targeted for 2015.

  • More feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

  • George Lucas: “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.”

  • The transaction value is $4.05 billion.

My early thoughts: I’m scared, but excited. This is a big deal. My daughter will have Star Wars films of her own to grow up with, should she enjoy them.  On the other hand, anything new has the potential to ruin a legacy.


On the other, other hand, this will turn Star Wars in to something akin to a true franchise without an author. Free from Lucas, it may be free to be something different.


And finally, while I’ll miss the 20th Century Fox fanfare, I look forward to Cinderella’s castle and when you wish upon a star to introduce the next Star Wars film.


More thoughts and news soon. It’s like 1977, and 1997, all over again.

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