In some of the most interesting news that has landed on ReelGood’s doorstep, Disney has just bought out LucasFilm. The already colossal corporation has acquired George Lucas’ company for a measly $4.05 billion. What involvement Lucas will have with the company from here on in is uncertain but I’m pretty sure he’s meant to be retired. Just go George, I don’t think anybody wants you around any more.
This is George Lucas’ statement: “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next, 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, 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.”
In some even more insane developments, Disney is pushing forward with STAR WARS VII for a 2015 release date. This might take a moment to sink in.
Here is the statement from Disney CEO Bob Iger: “Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas. This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
Apparently, George Lucas will act as consultant on the new film, which we hope means he’ll be nowhere near the script, set or editing room.