Disney Buy Lucasfilm, and Plan More Star Wars


Well, the Mouse House may not be releasing many of the legendary cartoon masterpieces we all grew up with nowadays, but neither are they showing any signs of backing away from the movie world; as after their rather fruitful acquisition of Marvel, Disney has just bought Lucasfilm (for the princely sum of $4.05 billion no less), and are already planning to capitalise on the gain, by releasing a new Star Wars movie.

To the stunned disbelief of many a fan, George Lucas (owner of Lucasfilm, and creator of the entire Star Wars universe) released a statement saying “it’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers”, how “within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come”, and that he’s “always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

However, the bigger news (for Star Wars fans at least) comes with the notion that Disney are planning to release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, “with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.”

Yes, while many considered the original film series had ended (especially following the release of the prequel trilogy), Disney have other plans, and are continuing to tell tales of a galaxy far far away, with Episode VII being only the first in a planned trilogy of new Star Wars movies, with releases planned for eery two-to-three years following the touchdown in 2015 (with the treatment for the first film having already been delivered).

Matt Wheeldon.
Source: Disney.

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Matt Wheeldon is the Founder, and Editor in Chief of Good Film Guide. He still refers to the cinema as "the pictures", and has what some would describe as a misguided appreciation for Waterworld.