Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New Star Wars Coming 2015Are you a Star Wars fan? If so, you might want to brace yourself. Disney, the company that brought you Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, and other live action films, has decided to purchase Lucasfilm. Not only that, they have decided that Lucasfilm is going to go ahead and make a Star Wars 7 regardless of whether George Lucas ever intended to or not.
So how do you fall on this? So far, reaction to the news seems split. Half the people are excited that we'll be seeing a new Star Wars movie, one that has been talked about for literally decades. The others, though, see this as a really, really bad thing. The taking of a much-loved franchise out of the hands of its creator and into the hands of businesspeople, who want nothing so much as to make money.
Lucas will still have some influence over the new movies, however. He'll be staying on as a creative consultant to the films, a title which might prove to be more honorary than anything. But it is his film series, and I doubt anyone would try to make a Star Wars film without a little bit of input from its creator. No matter how bad his more recent entries into the film series were.
Lucas, for his part, seems to be happy with the transition. Wrote Lucas in a prepared statement,
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.Of course, the $4.05 billion in cash stock probably doesn't hurt matters, either.
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