Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Star Wars Episode 7 due out in 2015 and several more films every 2 – 3 years, as Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4.05b!

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So the final trilogy, that George Lucas said wouldn't happen, is finally going to happen. Not only tat but it is going to be a Disney product and other filmmakers will be calling the shots. This is pretty huge news indeed and with Disney also having The Avengers 2 out that year, they could already have the 2 biggest films of the year. (Of course there’s room for all sorts of other contenders, from more Avatar to The Justice League.)
The interesting point here is that rather than just the final trilogy, in the super trilogy; Disney, and Lucas, expects to carry on releasing films set in the “Star Wars Universe” indefinitely, every 2 to 3 years. So who knows where the Star Wars films will go from here. It will also be interesting to see what Disney owning one of the premier special effects houses, Industrial Light & Magic, will play out.

Lucas had this to say…
“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.”

The Indiana Jones series is not as clear cut, as Paramount has far more rights there than Fox do with star Wars.

Lucas explains his decision…

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