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.
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: