Disney has just bought out Lucasfilm, the production company owned by George Lucas and responsible for all things Star Wars and Indiana Jones, for $4.05 billion in cash and stock.
If that’s not enough, they’ve also announced plans to have a new Star Wars film in theaters for 2015.
In a statement, George Lucas said:
“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. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy [the current co-chair of Lucasfilm, who will be promoted to president as part of this deal], and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
Lucas’ last work within the Star Wars universe, the prequel trilogy, was met with tepid response (to say the least) from fans and critics, though that didn’t dampen their box office take in the slightest. There are countless, incredibly talented, filmmakers that would jump at the chance to work on this series, hopefully Disney will make the right choice (like, not Michael Bay).
Also, while people may have a knee-jerk reaction on hearing the Disney name; remember that Disney also owns Marvel, which has built a very successful (and satisfying) film universe of its own under their leadership.