Star Wars Episode 7: In Which Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Plans 3 More Star Wars Movies

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Disney Buys Lucas Films Star Wars

So the big news around the Interwebs water cooler today has Disney acquiring George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd., which happens to include the “Star Wars” property. And yes, the deal is officially done. Look, they even made a fancy logo to announce the acquisition. When the logo guys go to work, you can bet your sweet buttocks it’s a done deal.

We’re told that the deal was worth $4.05 billion, with “approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing”. Basically, it’s a hell of a lot of money, and George Lucas just got rich. Or, er, richer. Richiest?

So why did he decide to sell the ranch to Disney? Here’s George explaining his reasons:

Lucasfilm Ltd. owns a lot of properties, but it’s biggest name brand is, easily, the “Star Wars” franchise. On that front, Disney knows exactly what they’ll be doing with it — they’re going to make more movies. Say hi to “Star Wars” Episodes 7, 8, and 9.

Robert A. Iger and George Lucas sign Lucasfilm Deal

CHA-CHING!!!

You don’t have to be a Star Wars geek to know that the “original” trilogy was parts 4, 5, and 6 in Lucas’ master plan for the series, with the new prequels (yes, the ones with Jar Jar Binks) being parts 1, 2, and 3 in terms of overall continuity. Parts 7, 8, and 9, then, would be the final trilogy that Lucas had originally envisioned all those many moons ago when he was but a lad walking the desert landscapes of Tatooine.

Disney is already talking plans to release “Star Wars: Episode 7″ by 2015, with “more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future”. Lucasfilm Ltd’s Kathleen Kennedy will executive produce the new installments, while Lucas himself will serve as a “creative consultant”. I’ll leave it up to you to hope and pray how much actual input he gets to have in the three movies aside from handing over his treatments, or whatever he’s kept the final three plot outlines written on all these years.

And of course, Disney will also be adding “Star Wars”-themed park rides, toys, games, and all that other crap you “Star Wars” fanboys snatch up like crackheads in a dark alley to their future output. Those happy meals don’t sell themselves, you know.

If you’re keeping count at home, Disney now owns Pixar, Marvel, and now, Lucasfilm Ltd (aka Star Wars).

You know who’s really happy about this deal? This guy:

Jar Jar Binks

“Weza get mor Staw Waws? Me likey go boom boom!”

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  • Jonas

    Holyyyyyy…

  • Lazz82

    Hmmm…what will become of “Star Wars: the Clone Wars”….interesting…

  • ScottS42444

    I cannot believe that this is actually a REAL story. I didn’t think that there would be an Episode 7, 8, or 9. At the very least, I figured that it would be after George Lucas died and someone either at his company or his family would want to make a “quick buck” (more like a quick billion bucks). Not only that, but it really just CAME OUT OF NOWHERE! Seriously, with all the internet leaks that occur (the iPad mini was basically being preordered before Apple even mentioned it to anyone) you would think that I could have been prepared. Good God, I had to double check and make sure it wasn’t some kind of April Fools’ type of joke. But no, it’s really happening. What’s best is that Disney, who has earned some credibility in my opinion with how well they have handled the Marvel properties, will have Hollywood’s best and most talented directors making these things. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what George Lucas has created with the Star Wars Universe. It’s just, in my opinion, SO MUCH BETTER TO PUT A DIRECTOR WHO IS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME AND ALSO A MONSTER STAR WARS FAN in charge of creating these movies (or 3 different guys). I mean, if you ask most Star Wars fans, they would prefer the guys who did the Old Republic cut scenes to just make a movie that way than have Lucas create something even remotely similar to the Prequels again. This is the BEST Star Wars news since, “There is a new movie out here in the summer of 1977 called Star Wars”. Seriously. Throw in Avengers 2 AND The Justice League and the Summer of 2015 is going to be a NERDGASM!!!!!!!!!!!! Put me in cryostasis and tell the Mayans to fornicate themselves because the world better not end this December. Now there is a reason for us all to keep going. Star Wars VII (Another New Hope), Star Wars VIII (2017), and Star Wars IX (2019). Un-freakin’-believable. Wow.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I want to cry tears of joy right now! Never did I think we would see another…wow! This is amazing! I really hope Disney finishes the Clone Wars and finally make that Live Action TV series we have been hearing so much about.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Welll bad news SW fans. I read that Episode 7 will NOT be The Thrawn saga!! Meaning Either Disney is moving slower towards the expanded canon or they’re not using it. I really hope if they skip that they at least do something with Shadows of the Empire, in like an animated form. An animated Clone Wars style flick for Shadows of the Empire and ANY of the Expanded univerese stuff would rock. Then they could just move forward with some new stories set in that time period. 3 years is enough time tog et those and a live action film and/or tv series up.

  • X_p

    i hope michael bay gets to direct 7,8 AND 9!

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      I will fucking assassinate him! Bay should stay far away from anything Star Wars, he’s fucked up enough of my fav franchises.

      • Lexavi80

        Dude, chill out!

        And don’t worry, Michael Bay is not directing Star Wars. There would be the same mutiny as when it was rumored N’ Sync will make a cameo in Attack of the Clones.

        • Urizen

          Oh my God. Can you imagine: George Lucas producing a Michael Bay-directed sequel to the original Star Wars Trilogy? It woud be the perfect storm of nerd rage. Disney, PLEASE make this happen! Bonus points for casting any alumni of the Twilight films as the new generation of Jedi/Sith warriors.

          • Lexavi80

            LMAO!!!

  • venomAA

    And my worst fears came to life. Not mostly Disney buying SW. They did a great job with The Avengers. But leaving GL with an option to serve as a “creative consultant” and telling the ppl that its going to be a original story. God dammit GL go and burn your millions humping JarJar but leave SW alone already. I’ll go burn GL house myself if i see another crappy sequel to SW.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    So apparently Lucas is donating the $ Billion to charities! Good for him!

    • Lexavi80

      Yup! Some of the money will go to charity. That’s nice.