Disney buys Lucasfilm

In news that will surely make fans either sigh or giggle with excitement it was revealed today that Disney is to acquire Lucasfilm. George Lucas is keen to retire from the movie business and has handed the reins of the company to longtime co-executive Kathleen Kennedy who will work with Disney to write and produce a new trilogy of Star Wars films.

George Lucas has released a brand new video (watch below) where he discusses the future of his franchise with LucasFilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy. Take a look, and read on for more details about a new trilogy and more.

During a conference call with Disney investors held earlier today, it was revealed that the studio plans on making a brand new trilogy, with Star Wars: Episode 8 and Star Wars: Episode 9 to follow. There will be a two or three year gap in between each project. Here’s what Disney CEO Bob Iger had to say about the acquisition.

“We love the fact that this will take its place in our live-action strategy as a known and loved brand. We really like Star Wars’ potential on TV, and Disney XD would be a great home for that.”

Given that the first films have been derided by fan boys and most people who enjoyed the original films, it will be interesting to see how Disney plans to address those concerns and whether the new trilogy will be sequels (to the original IV, V and VI) or prequels to the newer films.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as more details emerge.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theatres in 2015.

Star Wars: Episode VIII comes to theatres in 2017.

Star Wars: Episode IX comes to theatres in 2019.

 

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